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Cubs’ Pitching is Starting to Resemble Last Year’s Squad

The Chicago Cubs have been waiting all season long to get consistent pitching performances, but it’s finally arrived. The Cubs aim to match their season-high winning streak of six games Saturday when they host the Atlanta Braves. Sportsbooks opened the Braves as +220 road underdogs for the contest.

Shark Bites
  • The Cubs are 8-0 in their last eight home games.
  • The Cubs are 4-0 in Jon Lester’s last four starts vs the Braves.
  • The Braves are 2-10 in their last 12 vs the NL Central.

Lucas Sims and Jon Lester will get the nod for the Braves and Cubs, respectively. Sims (2-4, 4.41 ERA) allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out seven Philadelphia Phillies in his last time out. The performance was the longest of his six-start career. The hurler owns a 1-2 record with a 5.40 ERA in three road starts and will face the reigning World Series champs for the first time.

Lester (8-7, 4.37) is slated to make his first start after getting sent to the disabled list for two weeks. The ace is winless in his last four turns and has already allowed 20 home runs, which is one shy of his total from 2016.

The Braves have been a terrible SU wager in recent meetings with the Cubs. In the last 17 meetings between the Cubs and Braves, Atlanta is 3-14 SU.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.4-3.6 win for the Cubs on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

74-60 Chicago battles the Braves, currently with a 59-74 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Atlanta injuries news.

The OddsShark MLB Power Rankings have the Chicago Cubs at No. 2 and the Atlanta Braves at No. 17 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Atlanta Braves rank No. 5 at 9.05 hits per game. That compares with the Chicago Cubs' No. 18 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Atlanta owns the No. 19-rated road mark, allowing 4.91 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Braves were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Chicago staff and losing 2-0 to the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • Atlanta is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
  • Atlanta is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
  • Chi Cubs is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Chi Cubs is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Atlanta at Chicago, Sunday, September 3