In the second of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs (67-51) and the Atlanta Braves (53-67) at Wrigley Field, Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 3.97 ERA) and Shelby Miller (5-9, 2.43 ERA) take the mound. The Cubs won the last game 7-1 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and will air on CSCh, FSSO and MLBN.
In his most recent outing, Hendricks pitched 3.1 innings, giving up five runs, striking out three and walking three in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox. Kris Bryant (.259, 63 Rs, 17 HRs, 68 RBIs, 12 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 4 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Braves were unsuccessful to the Diamondbacks 2-1 the last time Miller pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out 10 and walking four. Freddie Freeman (.285, 46 Rs, 14 HRs, 45 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Chicago is a considerable -226 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Cubs have a winning record of 47-30 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +566. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (6-2). Chicago has averaged 5.7 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.1. The Cubs typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.5 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Cubs rank fourth in the NL in ERA with a 3.53 team average.
Switching gears, the Braves come into this game with a win percentage of .412 when playing as the underdog (40-57) and an overall money line of -394. The Braves are known for their bats, hitting 285 extra base hits.
The Cubs are 2-1 against the Braves this season. The Cubs will take on a right-hander (Miller) in this game and have a 52-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the right-hander Hendricks. They sport a 45-54 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
After last game's shutout win against the Atlanta, the Cubs now have 14 shutouts this season. The Braves have been shut out in 12 games this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Cubs are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Braves have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 10-47. The Cubs have a 15-38 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 74 this season. Chicago ranks 14th with 116 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.14 per game. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.53.
Ranking 29th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.677). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .706.
The Braves are 20-47 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 32-34 when they allow at least one homer.