Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs 7/11/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/10/2014
Friday, July 11, 2014, 4:05 PM on FSSO, CSCh
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Atlanta Braves - Wood, A (6-7) vs. Chicago Cubs - Arrieta, J (5-1)
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Friday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves and Alex Wood will take on the Chicago Cubs and Jake Arrieta. Wood will make his 11th start and 22 nd appearance as Arrieta makes his 13th start.
Alex Wood saw his record fall to 6 - 7 with a 3.14 ERA after he took the loss in his last start. In that outing, Wood allowed just 2 runs on 3 hits (including a home run) in 7 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 2. It was another decent start for the young lefty, even though he didn't get a victory out of it. In his rookie season in 2013, Wood was 3 - 3 with a 3.13 ERA in 11 starts and 20 relief appearances.
Last season, Wood pitched just 0.2 innings of relief against the Cubs. This season, he has made back to back relief appearances against Chicago, earning a win and a no-decision in 2 innings of work.
Jake Arrieta pitched to a no-decision in his last outing and that held his record at 5 -1 with a 1.78 ERA. In that start, Arrieta surrendered just a run on 4 hits in 6 innings. He walked 3 and had 5 strikeouts. But his offense sputtered and that prevented him from getting the win. Arrieta had won his last 4 coming into his last start. In 2013, Arrieta was 5 - 4 with a 4.78 ERA in 14 starts for the Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles.
Last season, Arrieta didn't face the Braves but he has opposed a few of their hitters. Seven Braves have faced Arrieta before and they are batting a combined .194 with 7 hits, a homer and 4 RBIs in 36 at-bats.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 35-51-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Atlanta Braves is 0.1
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 45-40-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
07/01/14 C Evan Gattis Back 15-day DL (6/29)
06/20/14 P Gavin Floyd Elbow 15-day DL (6/20), out for season
06/20/14 P Pedro Beato Elbow 15-day DL (6/19)
03/29/14 P Brandon Beachy Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/29/14 P Cory Gearrin Elbow 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Kris Medlen Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/28/14 P Jonny Venters Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Date Pos Player Injury Status
06/13/14 2B Emilio Bonifacio Ribs 15-day DL (6/13)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Atlanta
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