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2018 MLB Season
(7-5) Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs (6-5)
Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez vs. Yu Darvish
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -230 | Braves +212
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
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Sanchez was solid in his first start of the season going five innings giving up two earned off of seven hits while striking out six and walking two. It was good to see him induce all types of outs as aside from the six strikeouts he also collected eight ground ball outs and seven fly ball outs.
He used to be a feared pitcher, but over the last three seasons he has averaged a 5.76 ERA and a 5.04 FIP. A decrease in his velocity has played a factor as his strikeout rate has dropped and the HR/9 has increased. Well, so far he owns a K/9 of 9.00 and a 2.25 ERA, and if he can bring down his 5.63 BB/9 to around his career average of 3.04, maybe we’ll see a bounce-back season from him.
After a hot start to the season, Atlanta’s lineup cooled off some only slashing .215/.298/.388 in the last week, while adding 21 extra-base hits, but only 20 RBI. They own a 40:84 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
Darvish gave up five earned in 4.1 innings in his first start against the Miami Marlins. In his most recent start he went six innings giving up one earned off of two hits while striking out nine and walking one.
The strikeouts (11.32 K/9) and walks (2.61 BB/9) are solid, but giving up a home run in both his starts has marked him with a high 1.74 HR/9 and 20.0% HR/FB. I wouldn’t be too concerned about however as those number should drop around his career average of 1.00 HR/9 and 12% HR/FB.
Chicago’s bats have caught fire in the last week slashing .280/.357/.491 to go along with 26 extra-base hits and 34 RBI. They’ve done a good job racking up 43 walks, but they have also racked up 106 strikeouts.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- ATL are 4-9 in their last 13 road games.
- ATL are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Chicago.
- Under is 6-2-1 in ATL last 9 Fri. games.
- CHC are 20-9 in their last 29 home games.
- Over is 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings in Chicago.
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction: Chicago takes out Atlanta with ease
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cubs -1.5
Both teams are moving in different directions, so I’ll go with the hotter lineup with the better pitcher.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 6 – Atlanta 3
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