Dan Haren (8-8, 3.62 ERA) and Williams Perez (4-4, 4.34 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs (69-51) and the Atlanta Braves (53-69) at Wrigley Field. The Braves lost the last game 5-3, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 22 and can be seen on WLS and FSSO.
Haren pitched 4.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs and striking out four in a 3-1 defeat to the White Sox. Anthony Rizzo (.292, 68 Rs, 24 HRs, 74 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Perez went 6.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking four in a 5-3 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start. Freddie Freeman (.286, 46 Rs, 14 HRs, 46 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Chicago, a big -226 favorite, takes on Atlanta. The Cubs have recorded an overall money line of +666 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 48-30. Chicago is an impressive 6-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Cubs have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.1 runs per game. Chicago leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 3.5 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Cubs, who have a team ERA of only 3.51. The Cubs are the fourth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.20 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Atlanta has a 40-58 record and an overall money line of -494. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 2-7 record, and a 2-8 record SU. Offensively, the Braves have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.6 runs per game by averaging 2.2 during that stretch. The Braves have a dynamic offense, ranking second in the league with 287 extra base hits.
The Cubs lead the season series, 4-1. The Cubs have a 53-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Perez takes the mound. Haren (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 45-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
For the 13th time this season, the Braves registered at least two errors in a game.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Braves have a 21-41 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Braves, as the Cubs have won their last two games while the Braves have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 36-16. The Cubs have a 44-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Atlanta has earned 445 this season. Chicago ranks 17th with 491 runs.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 417 this season. Atlanta ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 339.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 45-22. When the Braves hit at least one homer, they have a 31-25 record.