Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs
The Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs battle in out in Thursday in the fourth game of their four game series in Atlanta. The Braves are -130 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Atlanta Braves are watching their post season hopes slip away as they lost for the second time in the last three days to the Chicago Cubs. Michael Bourn had three hits and Chipper Jones and Martin Prado had two hits each as the Braves scored just once on eight hits. On the mound Randall Delgado allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out five over six innings of work for his ninth loss of the season. For Thursday’s game Atlanta starts Mike Minor who won last time out but has allowed four runs in each of his last three starts. For the season Minor has allowed 88 hits and 59 earned runs while striking out 72 over 85.2 innings of work for a 6.20 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs have had the worst record in baseball for the bulk of the season but at worst they will leave Atlanta with a split in the series. On Wednesday Bryan LaHair and Anthony Rizzo had two hits each including home runs and Jeff Baker homered as the Cubs scored five times on nine hits. On the mound Paul Maholm allowed eight hits and a run while striking out five over six innings for his sixth win of the year. For Thursday’s series finale Chicago starts Matt Garza who may be in his final days as a Cub with the trade deadline looming. For the season Garza has allowed 78 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 80 over 89.2 innings of work for a 4.01 ERA.
Atlanta is 1-5 in their last six games as a home favorite, 12-5 in their last 17 Thursday games, and 1-4 in Minor’s last five home starts. Chicago is 5-1 in their last six games overall, 5-23 in their last 28 road games against a left handed starter, and 1-6 in Garza’s last seven road starts.
The Braves have run hot and cold all season and right now they are cold but they get the win here.
Atlanta Braves -130 Chicago Cubs