Braves host the Cubs on home winning streak

Wed, May 15, 2024
MLB News (AP)

Braves host the Cubs on home winning streak

Chicago Cubs (24-19, second in the NL Central) vs. Atlanta Braves (26-13, second in the NL East)

Atlanta; Wednesday, 7:20 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Javier Assad (3-0, 1.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 35 strikeouts); Braves: Charlie Morton (3-0, 3.14 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 40 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Braves -178, Cubs +149; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Atlanta Braves, on a five-game home winning streak, host the Chicago Cubs.

Atlanta is 26-13 overall and 15-4 in home games. The Braves have the fourth-ranked team slugging percentage in the NL at .416.

Chicago is 11-13 on the road and 24-19 overall. Cubs hitters have a collective .383 slugging percentage to rank seventh in the NL.

The matchup Wednesday is the third meeting between these teams this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Marcell Ozuna has seven doubles and 12 home runs for the Braves. Austin Riley is 11-for-36 with a triple and a home run over the past 10 games.

Nico Hoerner has 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 12 RBI for the Cubs. Christopher Morel is 8-for-32 with three home runs and nine RBI over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, .223 batting average, 2.65 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs

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Cubs: 5-5, .227 batting average, 3.38 ERA, outscored by three runs

INJURIES: Braves: Austin Riley: day-to-day (obliques), Tyler Matzek: 15-Day IL (elbow), Angel Perdomo: 60-Day IL (elbow), Pierce Johnson: 15-Day IL (elbow), Spencer Strider: 15-Day IL (right elbow strain), Sean Murphy: 10-Day IL (oblique strain)

Cubs: Adbert Alzolay: 15-Day IL (forearm), Yency Almonte: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Dansby Swanson: 10-Day IL (knee), Daniel Palencia: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Jordan Wicks: 15-Day IL (forearm), Drew Smyly: 15-Day IL (hip), Julian Merryweather: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Caleb Kilian: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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