Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 26, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -120 / Atlanta Braves +100
The Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs meet in game three of their four game set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Wednesday.
The Atlanta Braves will look to take a series lead after evening the series up at one win apiece following a 3-2 win in game two on Tuesday. Ozzie Albies had a home run and two RBIs while Ronald Acuna Jr. added a solo home run of his own to round out Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the win. Brian Mccann chipped in a base knock of his own as the Braves had just three hits as a team in the victory, with the rest of the team going 0 for 21 with 9 strikeouts. Max Fried got the win to improve to 9-3 on the year after allowing two runs on two hits while walking five and striking out eight over six innings of work. Luke Jackson closed out the 9th for his 12th save of the year. Dallas Keuchel will start game three and is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keuchel is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 10 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Tuesday. Willson Contreras had a double and both of Chicago’s RBIs, while Javier Baez, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber each had base hits to cap off Chicago’s offense as the Cubbies cranked out just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Adbert Alzolay gave up one run across 4.2 innings of work, walking and whiffing four apiece, not factoring in the decision. Mike Montgomery took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year. Yu Darvish will start game three and is 2-3 with a 4.75 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. In his career, Darvish is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA and 11 strikeouts against Atlanta.
Atlanta is 13-4 in their last 17 games overall and 12-3 in their last 15 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games. Chicago is 0-4 in their last 4 games against a left-handed starter and 13-6 in their last 19 games against the NL East while the over is 3-0-1 in Darvish’s last 4 home starts.
Keuchel looked rusty in his last start and facing a Chicago team that has some solid power from top to bottom may not be the best place to go for start number two, so Chicago and the low line may be worth a look. However, Darvish hasn’t been the dominant pitcher that many thought was coming to Chicago a couple of years ago, and he hasn’t factored into any of his last ten decisions. Darvish has pitched 42.2 innings both at Wrigley and on the road this season, but Darvish’s ERA at Wrigley is just shy of six. Atlanta is still a talented team in their own right and Darvish has also had issues dealing with the Braves in his career, so I’ll take a shot with the Braves in the underdog role once again on Wednesday.