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Braves face Chicago Cubs: MLB odds preview and stats

Atlanta Braves

Chicago Cubs
91-62 September 21, 2013, 04:05 PM | Wrigley Field 64-90

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Atlanta duelling Chicago on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

The match puts starter Kris Medlen for the Braves on the hill facing Travis Wood for the Cubs. Medlen brings a 14-12 mark to the game, while Wood is 9-11 to date on the season.

View Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Odds and Stats.

The Cubs - Braves odds would favor the Braves if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 15 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Atlanta is at No. 9.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 9-5 winner on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Atlanta at -135 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (14) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Braves enjoyed a 9-5 victory at the expense of the Cubs on Friday, with Paul Maholm throwing 5 1/3 innings of 8-hit ball at Wrigley Field.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has baseball's No. 27-rated offensive output, at 8.08 hits per game. The Braves average 8.35 hits per game, good for No. 21 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Atlanta owns the No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 3.84 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 16 in scoring at home.

A few Braves at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games
Chi Cubs is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games

Next up:
Atlanta at Chicago, Sunday, September 22nd