Atlanta vs Chicago MLB Odds Preview
On Friday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs host the Atlanta Braves in the opener of their weekend series. The Braves (4-17) are in fifth place in the National League East and are off to a dreadful season so far. They lost, 9-4, to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday and see the Red Sox again Thursday before heading to Chicago. The Cubs (15-5) are in first place in the National League Central. They beat the Brewers on Tuesday and had their Wednesday matchup with the Brewers postponed. They see the Brewers on Thursday afternoon before welcoming the Braves on Friday. Find out the updated MLB betting run lines here.
Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs MLB Odds Preview
When: Friday, April 29, 2016, 2:20pm Eastern time
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
TV: FSSO, CSCh
Radio: 670 AM The Score Chicago
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Aaron Blair (0-1, 5.06 ERA) (ATL) vs Jon Lester (2-1, 1.98) (CHC)
Why should you bet on Atlanta?
Aaron Blair brings a talented arm to the hill on Friday afternoon. Blair made his major league debut on Sunday against the Mets and had a difficult time at the start and the finish, but he does have a plus fastball and a solid change-up. If he delivers on his promise in his second start, he could turn this into a pitcher’s duel. Even so, I don’t hold a lot of hope for the Braves straight up, but I might take three runs and choose the Braves.
Why should you put your money on the Cubs?
Jon Lester’s Thursday start has been slid back to Friday because of the postponement, and his stuff should give the Braves fits. He just beat the Reds, and he has quality starts in all four of his appearances so far this season. His microscopic 1.98 ERA has him in early Cy Young discussions. Dexter Fowler is hitting a white-hot .368, and Athony Rizzo has hit five home runs in his past six games (eight total). Given that the Braves have won 4 of 21 games so far, I see this as a pretty easy win for the Cubs.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I see Lester mowing down the Braves and the Cubs teeing off on Blair when he leaves his fastball up in the zone. I’m predicting an 8-1 Cub win.