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Baseball odds preview - Atlanta vs. Chicago

Atlanta Braves

Chicago Cubs
91-63 September 22, 2013, 02:20 PM | Wrigley Field 65-90

The Chicago Cubs battle the visiting Atlanta Braves on Sunday in MLB betting action at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will rely on Edwin Jackson to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Julio Teheran will be his counterpart for the Braves. Edwin Jackson is 8-16 this season, and Julio Teheran is 12-8.

View Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Odds and Stats.

Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Cubs as 134 moneyline Underdog in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cubs at No. 15 and the Braves at No. 9 heading into this contest.

Atlanta lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Cubs on September 21. Bettors who backed the Cubs at +121 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Atlanta suffered a 3-1 loss against Chicago on Saturday, as Kris Medlen wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Wrigley Field.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 27-rated offense, averaging 3.81 runs per game, against a Braves defense that ranks No. 1 at 3.4 in runs allowed per game. The Cubs have averaged 8.09 hits per game so far, less than Braves batters have averaged on the year (8.33 hits per game).

Chicago owns the No. 16 defense, allowing 3.81 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Atlanta's No. 1-rated defense.

A few Braves at Cubs trends to consider:
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 9 games
Chi Cubs is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs's last 8 games

Next up:
Atlanta at Milwaukee, Monday, September 23rd
Chicago at Pittsburgh, Monday, September 23rd