Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs 9/3/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, September 3, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Max Fried vs. Mike Montgomery
Wrigley Field is the site of the matchup between the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, September 3, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Max Fried for the Braves and Mike Montgomery for the Cubs.
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Atlanta opens at +222 while Chicago opens at -242. The Braves have a 68-61-4 over/under record and a 69-64-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 58-76-0 against the run line and have a 63-64-7 over/under record.
Valuable Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 68-61-4 against the over/under
The Atlanta Braves are 69-64-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 63-64-7 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 58-76-0 against the run line
Key Atlanta Braves Injuries
09/02/17 P Jason Motte Oblique 10-day DL (09/01)
08/30/17 C Tyler Flowers Wrist 10-day DL (08/30)
08/18/17 CF Danny Santana Quad 10-day DL (08/17)
08/08/17 2B Johan Camargo Knee 10-day DL (08/09)
06/19/17 3B Adonis Garcia Finger 10-day DL (06/07)
06/19/17 2B Micah Johnson Wrist 60-day DL (03/30)
06/11/17 P Eric O'Flaherty Rotator Cuff 10-day DL (06/11)
05/28/17 P Armando Rivero Shoulder 60-day DL (03/30)
05/28/17 P Chaz Roe Shoulder 60-day DL (04/09)
05/28/17 P Jacob Lindgren Elbow 60-day DL (02/14)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
09/01/17 P Jon Lester Shoulder 10-day DL (08/17) - expected to start Saturday vs. Atlanta Braves
08/11/17 C Willson Contreras Hamstring 10-day DL (08/10)
08/04/17 SS Addison Russell Foot 10-day DL (08/03)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Braves have a 59-74 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Max Fried has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.95. He has 4 strikeouts over his 6.2 innings pitched and he's given up 7 hits. He allows 9.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 7.03. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.64 and they have given up 398 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the bullpen and they've struck out 397 hitters and walked 184 batters. As a team, Atlanta allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.72. The Braves pitchers collectively have given up 1,200 base hits and 622 earned runs. They have allowed 168 home runs this season, ranking them 14th in the league. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 482 batters and struck out 1,015. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.63.
As a team Atlanta is hitting .263, good for 6th in the league. The Braves hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.1 hits per game. Nick Markakis is hitting .280 with an on-base percentage of .359. He has 139 hits this season in 496 at bats with 66 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .397 and an OPS+ of 100. Ender Inciarte is hitting .309 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .350. He has totaled 174 hits and he has driven in 50 men in 563 at bats. His OPS+ is 100 while his slugging percentage is at .410. The Braves have 1,205 hits, including 239 doubles and 137 home runs. Atlanta has walked 377 times so far this season and they have struck out 977 times as a unit. They have left 906 men on base and have a team OPS of .738. They score 4.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 602 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 74-60 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.29, Mike Montgomery has a 5-6 record and a 1.24 WHIP. He has 85 strikeouts over the 109.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 90 hits. He allows 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.65 and they have given up 359 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 487 batters and walked 209 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.95. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,059 base knocks and 525 earned runs this season. They have given up 164 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 459 hitters and struck out 1,172 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.24.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 17th in the league. The Cubs hold a .442 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .291 with an OBP of .409. He has 134 hits this year along with 59 RBI in 460 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .535 with an OPS+ of 143. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .282 this season and he has an OBP of .399. He has collected 137 hits in 486 at bats while driving in 97 runs. He has an OPS+ of 141 and a slugging percentage of .539. The Cubs as a unit have 1,159 base hits, including 227 doubles and 193 homers. Chicago has walked 509 times this year and they have struck out on 1,155 occasions. They have had 953 men left on base and have an OPS of .778. They have scored 5.05 runs per game and totaled 677 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Braves/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cubs -242
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