Keuchel Makes 2nd Start for Braves
The Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs meet in the 3rd game of their four-game series tonight in Chicago. They have split the first two games of the series. Tonight promises to be a good matchup with these two teams that look like they are headed to the MLB playoffs again.
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Southeast (Atlanta), WGN (Chicago); LINE: Cubs -122; O/U: 9.5 Under -118.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.75)
Yu Darvish attempts to halt his struggles tonight against the visiting Atlanta Braves. Darvish has gone 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in eight home starts this season. He fell to 0-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 12 career outings at the historic ballpark.
Darvish will oppose Dallas Keuchel . He recently signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Braves after teams were unwilling to meet his free-agent demands in the offseason. Atlanta posted a 3-2 win on Tuesday behind a first-inning homer by Ronald Acuna Jr.. The home run went as high as it did far, as it was a towering creature that barely missed the new scoreboard and landed just out of the stadium. The Braves then got a two-run blast in the seventh by Ozzie Albies. The streaking Braves have won 14 of their last 18 games. They are 3-2 midway through their 10-game road trip. Chicago’s Willson Contreras drove in both runs on Tuesday with a two-run double. He is 3-for-7 with a homer and five RBI’s in the series.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
Keuchel lost his club debut as he gave up four runs, three earned, and eight hits over five innings against Washington. Atlanta catcher Brian McCann told reporters, referencing Keuchel’s first outing. “I thought he threw the ball really well.” Keuchel is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs and has served up a homer to Anthony Rizzo, who is 2-for-5 in his career against the lefty. Acuna is batting .320 with eight home runs and 20 RBI’s this month.
The Cubs‘ Darvish matched the major-league record of 10 straight no-decisions in his last outing. He gave up four runs and four hits, two of them homers, over six innings against the New York Mets. Darvish was last involved in a decision on April 27. He gave up one run and two hits over six innings while defeating Arizona. Darvish lost to the Braves on April 4th. He gave up three runs and five hits over four innings. He is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in three career outings versus the Braves. Rizzo has gone just 4-for-24 over his last eight games.
The Dart Throw: Braves 7, Cubs 3
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MLB Betting Odds & Trends
|Atlanta is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 18 of Atlanta’s last 25 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 6 games|
|Atlanta is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road|
|Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games on the road|
|Atlanta is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|Atlanta is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
|Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
|Chi Cubs is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Chi Cubs is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Atlanta|
|Chi Cubs is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta|
|Chi Cubs is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
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