In the second of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (17-5) and the Atlanta Braves (5-18) at Wrigley Field, John Lackey (3-1, 4.97 ERA) and Julio Teheran (0-3, 4.60 ERA) take the mound. 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 Saturday, Apr. 30 and will air on WLS 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 yesterday with one run and one RBI. The Braves were also unsuccessful the last time Teheran pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing 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 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -230 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable.
The only other game between the two teams went Chicago's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 11-0, while Atlanta is 3-6.
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 28th in runs, Atlanta has earned 75 this season. Chicago ranks second with 136 runs.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 121 this season. Atlanta ranks in the top half at 13th with 73.
The Cubs are 14-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Braves are 0-4 when they hit at least one homer.