Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Monday June 24, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Atlanta Braves -105 / Chicago Cubs -116 -- Over/Under:
The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs meet Monday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Atlanta Braves look for another win after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Braves have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 13 games. The Atlanta Braves have won five straight games when scoring four or more runs. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with 96 hits and 61 RBI while Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies have combined for 176 hits and 90 RBI. Julio Teheran gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 3.40 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Teheran is 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs could use a win after losing seven of their last 12 games. The Cubs have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Chicago Cubs have won four of their last five games when scoring four or more runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 86 hits and 51 RBI while Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 151 hits and 93 RBI. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he is 6-5 with a 4.13 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. Lester is 6-2 with a 2.52 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League Central, 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Teheran's last 5 starts. The Cubs are 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games, 42-15 in Lester's last 57 home starts and 37-18 in Lester's last 55 starts. The Braves are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings, 4-0 in Teheran's last 4 road starts vs. Cubs and 8-1 in Teheran's last 9 starts vs. Cubs. The over is 5-0-1 in Lester's last 6 starts overall. The under is 6-0 in Teheran's last 6 road starts.
In 49.1 innings on the road this season, Teheran is allowing a 3.65 ERA and a .186 batting average. In 103 at bats against current Cubs hitters, Teheran is allowing a .175 batting average with 24 strikeouts. Lester has allowed 25 hits and 14 runs in his last 23.2 innings, and he's allowing a .280 batting average on the season, which isn't good considering he doesn't hold guys on base. The Atlanta Braves probably have the edge in stating pitching in this contest and they enter this series as one of the hotter teams in baseball with an offense that's hitting its stride. I'll take the better team and the cheaper price.