In the first of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (16-5) and the Atlanta Braves (5-17) at Wrigley Field, Jon Lester (2-1, 1.98 ERA) and Aaron Blair (0-1, 5.06 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 29 and will air on CSCh and FSSO.
In his last start, Lester pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking one in an 8-1 victory over the Reds. Anthony Rizzo (.213, 15 Rs, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one RBI. The Braves were unsuccessful against the Mets 3-2 the last time Blair pitched. He went 5.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out one and walking two. Nick Markakis (.305, 9 Rs, 19 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Braves, going 4 for 5 yesterday with three RBIs.
The odds are Cubs -270 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the third time this season.
The Cubs managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Braves who are coming in with a 1-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 1-11. The Cubs have a 2-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting four this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 with 27.
Ranking 25th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.77 per game. Chicago ranks in the top half at 12th with 8.57.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Atlanta has an OPS of .000 this season. Chicago ranks eighth with an OPS of .798.
The Braves are 1-12 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 5-3 when they allow at least one homer.