Matt Wisler (2-6, 3.98 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (18-42) go up against Jake Arrieta (9-1, 1.80 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (41-18) in the second of a three-game series at Turner Field. The Braves won the last game 5-1, and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 11 and will air on CSCh and FSSO.
In his most recent outing, Wisler pitched 4.0 innings, giving up eight runs, striking out five and walking three in a 12-6 loss to the Dodgers. Mallex Smith (.250, 18 Rs, 3 HRs, 20 RBIs, 8 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3. The Cubs were also unsuccessful the last time Arrieta pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out 12 and walking one in a 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. Anthony Rizzo (.259, 35 Rs, 13 HRs, 43 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The Cubs are a whopping -300 road favorite with a total of 7.
Pick - Chc
Having scored one run in their last game, the Cubs are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Braves have an 8-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 12-8. The Cubs have a 33-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Atlanta has earned 188 this season. Chicago ranks third with 314 runs.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.621). Chicago ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .769.
When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 18-13. When the Braves allow one or more homers, they have a 6-31 record.