Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs 7/12/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 7/11/2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 4:05 PM on FSSO, WGN
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Atlanta Braves - Minor, M (2-5) vs. Chicago Cubs - Jackson, E (5-9)
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Saturday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves will give the ball to Mike Minor as they face the Chicago Cubs and Edwin Jackson. It will be Minor's 14th start and Jackson's 19th.
Mike Minor pitched to his 2nd straight no-decision in his last start and that froze his record at 2 - 5 with a 4.54 ERA. In that outing, Minor gave up just 2 runs on 2 hits (including a home run) in 7 innings as he walked 2 and struck out 4. Minor has allowed a long ball in his last 6 starts and that is a big reason why he hasn't won a game since the middle of May. In 2013, Minor posted a record of 13 - 9 with a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts.
Last season, Minor was 1 - 0 with a 1.23 ERA in 2 starts against the Cubs. He will have to pitch carefully to Justin Ruggiano as Ruggiano is batting .350 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs against Minor.
Edwin Jackson took the loss his last time out and that lowered his record to 5 - 9 with a 5.05 ERA. In the loss, Jackson surrendered 4 runs and 7 hits in 6 innings of work. He walked 2 batters and struck out 6. At this rate, he will be lucky to come close to 2013's record of 8 - 18 with a 4.98 ERA in 31 starts.
Last season, Jackson lost his only start against the Braves after allowing 3 runs and 8 hits (including 2 home runs) in 6 innings of work. This season, Jackson had a loss against the Braves after giving up 3 runs on 6 hits (including a home run) in 6 innings.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 35-52-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Atlanta Braves is 0
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 45-41-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.3
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)
07/10/14 2B Darwin Barney Personal questionable
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)
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago
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