Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves
|Date & Time||Thursday April 4, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)|
Atlanta Braves -116 / Chicago Cubs -105
The Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves meet in the finale of their three game set from SunTrust Park in MLB action on Thursday.
The Chicago Cubs will be out to snap a 4-game losing streak to avoid the sweep after a 6-4 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday. Willson Contreras led the way, going 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs while starting pitcher Jon Lester had an RBI as well in the losing effort. Ben Zobrist and Daniel Descalso each had two hits while Anthony Rizzo, Albert Almora Jr. and Jason Heyward each chipped in a base hit in the loss. Jon Lester allowed two runs on six hits while walking three and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Steve Cishek ended up with the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Yu Darvish will start game three and is 0-0 with a 10.12 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Darvish is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Wednesday. Johan Camargo led the Braves with a double and three RBIs while Dansby Swanson had a homer and two RBIs and Ozzie Albies added a solo shot to round out the scoring for Atlanta in the winning effort. Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers each contributed a base hit as well in the win for the Braves. Julio Teheran went five innings, allowing just one run on six hits while walking three and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Luke Jackson got the win to improve to 1-0 while Arodys Vizcaino picked up his 1st save of the season. Max Fried will start game three and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 0 strikeouts this season. This will be Fried’s second career start against the Cubs.
Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 7-3 in their last 10 road games against a left-handed starter while the under is 4-1 in Darvish’s last 5 road starts. Atlanta is 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 7-0 in their last 7 home games against a right-handed starter while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 game three matchups. Chicago is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.
Max Fried isn’t the most reliable arm for the Braves as a lot of his appearances dating back to last season have come in a relief role, so I can’t expect much to be different here. However, Fried is still more reliable than Darvish right now, who is all over the place and squandered three runs while allowing seven walks in just 2.2 innings in his debut this season. The offense for Chicago is there, the Cubs just can’t keep runs off of the board. The Braves are starting to perform like the team that won the division last season, so I’ll side with Atlanta to complete the sweep at home here.