John Lackey (3-1, 4.97 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (17-5) meet Julio Teheran (0-3, 4.60 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (5-18) in the second of a two-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 6-1, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 1 and will air on WGN and FSSO.
In his last start, Lackey pitched 5.2 innings, allowing six runs, striking out five and walking one in a 13-5 loss to the Reds. Anthony Rizzo (.218, 16 Rs, 8 HRs, 24 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 Friday with one run and one RBI. The Braves were also unsuccessful the last time Teheran pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out eight and walking three in a 1-0 loss to the Red Sox. Freddie Freeman (.259, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Braves, going 2 for 4 Friday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Chicago -220 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment.
The only other game between the two teams went Chicago's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
Atlanta has won 33% (3-6) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won all of its games (11-0) when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Braves are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Cubs have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 3-4. The Cubs have a 14-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Atlanta sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 75 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at second with 136.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 121 this season. Atlanta ranks 17th with 73 walks.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 14-2. When the Braves hit at least one homer, they have a 0-4 record.