In this National League matchup, the Braves (101-56, 49-27 home) play host to the Cubs (82-75, 37-39 away) at Truist Park. Taking the mound for the Braves is Darius Vines, while the Cubs will go with Jameson Taillon. Check out my pick for two of this Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs matchup.
CHICAGO CUBS VS ATLANTA BRAVES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Atlanta Braves -155
This game will be played at Truist Park at 7:20 ET on Wednesday, September 27th.
WHY BET THE ATLANTA BRAVES:
- The Braves have gone 3-2 in their five games at home.
- Atlanta is on a two game winning streak when favored on the moneyline.
- The Cubs are just 1-2 in Jameson Taillon’s last five starts.
CHICAGO CUBS LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
Leading up to today’s game, the Cubs are 2nd in the NL Central on a record of 82-75. Overall, they have played in 50 different series, going 26-18-6. When playing above .500 teams, the Cubs are 82-75, and currently hold win percentages of 55.6% at home and 48.7% on the road.
Jameson Taillon has made 28 starts for the Cubs this season, posting an 8-10 record. His ERA is 5.05, while his K/9 stands at 8.36 and FIP at 4.66. Additionally, Taillon’s opponents have a .307 OBP against him in 2023.
Jameson Taillon earned the victory in his most recent start, surrendering no earned runs and four hits over six innings against the Rockies. The Cubs emerged victorious with a 6-0 final score.
Across their last ten games, the Cubs’ offense is 3rd in batting average, leading to an average of 6.1 runs per contest in that span. Overall, they are the 6th ranked scoring offense and posted a season-long OPS of .753 on 189 (13th).
Over the Cubs’ last ten games, Seiya Suzuki has been a major offensive contributor, leading the team with two home runs. This season, he has totaled 20 homers and carries an overall batting average of .284.
WILL THE ATLANTA BRAVES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Winners of two straight games, the Braves are in 1st place in the NL East. So far, they have a series win percentage of 74% (35-12-4). Atlanta has gone 52-29 on the road this season compared to 49-27 at home.
Darius Vines is 1-0 in four appearances this season, and will take the mound for the Braves. His ERA is 4.39, K/9 is 5.65, FIP 4.16, and OBP .274.
In his last outing against Washington, Darius Vines allowed three runs on three hits over 3 1/3 innings. Although he did not factor into the decision, the Braves were able to come away with a 9-6 victory thanks in part to Vines’ performance.
Having gone deep 18 times in their last ten games, the Braves are 2nd in that span. At 5.8 runs per game, Atlanta is 1st in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .275 while hitting a total of 301 home runs (1st).
Ozzie Albies has been a key contributor to the Braves’ offense this season, boasting a .275 batting average and .508 slugging percentage. Over the past ten games, Albies has been Atlanta’s top hitter, amassing a .380 batting average and leading the team in hits.