MLB Betting: Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves – Monday July 17, 2017
Matchup at a Glance
Where: SunTrust Park; Atlanta, GA
Date & Time: Monday July 17, 2017; 6:35pm CT
Point Spread: Chicago Cubs -150
Quick Pick: Chicago Cubs -150
In the first of a three game series; the Chicago Cubs will take on the Atlanta Braves on Monday. The Chicago Cubs are coming into the series with three straight wins over the Baltimore Orioles. The defending World Series Champions are 46-45 on the season; 4.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Atlanta Braves have been a pleasant surprise this season, with a 45-45 record. The Braves are in second place in the National League East. Atlanta comes into the game fresh off a three game sweep over Arizona. The Chicago Cubs are -150 in this game over the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
Cubs Red Hot
The defending World Series Champions are on fire. The Cubs since the All Star Break are scoring 9 runs per game. The Cubs are 16th in runs scored with 418 on the season. The offense is 25th in batting average, with a .242 average. Willson Contreras is the top hitter for Chicago, with a .278.
Anthony Rizzo is the top power producer for the Cubs. The slugger has clubbed 22 homeruns and drove in 59 runs. The starting pitching got a boost with Jose Quintana coming over, and he recorded the team’s 35th quality start of the season.
Braves Seeking Fourth Straight
The young, energetic Atlanta Braves are seeking their fourth straight win. In the three game sweep over Arizona, the Braves outscored Arizona 19-9. Overall, the Braves have won 4 out of their last 5 games. The Braves batting average as a team has climbed to 6th, with a .255, led by Ender Inciarte, at .310.
The power is coming from Freddie Freeman. The slugging first baseman came off the disabled list, and leads the team with 17 bombs. The Braves pitching staff has been better than projected. The Braves have a team ERA of 4.65, but their starting pitching has recorded 47 quality starts on the season.
Lester Bounces Back
Jon Lester is looking for a big time bounce back following his terrible outing before the All Star Break. Lester is 5-6 on the season with a 4.25 earned run average. The lefthander has thrown 108 innings on the season, and struck out 110 batters.
The Atlanta Braves are going to use Julio Teheran. Teheran is 7-6 on the season with a 4.79 earned run average. The righthander has thrown 103.1 innings, with 75 strikeouts. In the end, Lester bounces back and the Cubs offense finds their groove again. Bet the Chicago Cubs -150 over the Atlanta Braves.