John Gant (0-0, 6.17 ERA) and Jon Lester (7-3, 2.06 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (18-43) and the Chicago Cubs (42-18) at Turner Field. The Cubs won the last game 8-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 12 and can be seen on WGN and FSSO.
Gant pitched 2.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking one in a 12-6 defeat to the Dodgers. Mallex Smith (.250, 18 Rs, 3 HRs, 20 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base. Lester went 8.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out nine in a 6-4 win over the Phillies in his last outing. Kris Bryant (.283, 45 Rs, 15 HRs, 45 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Cubs are a -300 favorite with a total of 8.
Pick - Chc
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the seventh time this season.
The Braves are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cubs have a 5-5 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 4-30. The Cubs have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 25 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 13th with 73.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 255 this season. Atlanta ranks near the bottom at 22nd with 175.
When the Braves hit at least one home run, they are 7-12. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 33-6 record.