Jason Hammel (7-1, 2.14 ERA) takes the hill for the Chicago Cubs (41-17) as they square off against Bud Norris (1-7, 5.28 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (17-42) in the first of a three-game series at Turner Field. Action begins at 7:35 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on CSCh and FSSO.
Norris pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking four in a 4-0 defeat to the Dodgers. Freddie Freeman (.250, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 Wednesday with one RBI. Hammel went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Kris Bryant (.284, 44 Rs, 14 HRs, 43 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 Wednesday with two runs, one home run, two RBIs, and one stolen base.
The Cubs are a -260 road favorite with a total of 8.
Pick - Chc
Atlanta has won 25% (5-15) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 80% (20-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Braves have a 1-9 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 11-8. The Cubs have a 33-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Atlanta has earned 183 this season. Chicago ranks third with 313 runs.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.614). Chicago ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .775.
The Cubs are 18-12 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Braves are 6-31 when they allow at least one homer.