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Cubs visit Atlanta Braves in MLB clash

Chicago CubsAtlanta Braves
Aug 14, 1:35 PM | GrassTurner Field

Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves Odds

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Atlanta will try to be nasty hosts on Sunday when the Chicago Cubs pay a visit to Turner Field.

The match puts starter Matt Garza for the Cubs on the hill facing Brandon Beachy for the Braves. Garza brings a 5-9 mark to the game, while Beachy is 5-2 to date on the season.

View Chi Cubs vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Atlanta sat as -160 favorites. The total was set at 8.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 4-ranked Braves and the National League No. 12-rated Cubs in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Atlanta owns the No. 9 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.5 per game. By contrast, the Cubs are rated No. 3 in the same category at 9 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Atlanta has the National League's No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Chicago, they were an 8-4 winner as they battled the Braves on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at +158 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago got the job done in their last match in an 8-4 victory over Atlanta on Saturday at Turner Field behind starter Randy Wells.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing San Francisco are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cubs at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Chi Cubs are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Atlanta is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Houston, Monday, August 15
Atlanta home to San Francisco, Monday, August 15