Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 4/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-125) Chicago (+115)
Bryse Wilson and the Atlanta Braves (6-8, 4th in NL East) travel to Wrigley Field on Sunday where they'll take on the Chicago Cubs (5-8, 5th in NL Central). The Cubs open this game at +115 while the Braves are coming in at -125. The over/under is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Bryse Wilson and Kyle Hendricks.
The Braves have tallied 24 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 20 balls out of the stadium. Atlanta is slugging .414 and have been rung up 130 times, while drawing a walk on 48 occasions. As a team, the Atlanta Braves are putting up 4.6 runs per contest, which puts them at 11th in baseball. They have earned 60 RBI's as well as 102 hits for the year, while their batting average is sitting at .225. They have 64 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .309.
The Braves hold a team earned run average of 4.46 on the year (18th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 148 batters. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.90 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.37. Braves pitchers have surrendered 15 home runs and 66 runs (20th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 51 hitters and their FIP is 3.87 as a team this season.
The Braves relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 57.1% and has come into the game in 19 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 14 base runners for the year and 14.3% of those runners earned a run for their team. Braves pitchers have entered the game with runners on 10 times in addition to having 31 appearances in high leverage situations. The Braves have dispatched 54 relievers to the mound on the season. The relief pitchers have recorded 11 holds this season (3rd in baseball). They have accumulated 4 saves over the course of the season and have not converted 3 of 7 chances to get a save.
Wilson (3-1 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 5.42 and he has faced 199 opposing hitters in the majors. He has conceded 52 base hits (11.0 hits per nine innings) with 25 free passes. His earned run average is 5.91 (28 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.805. Wilson has taken the mound for 42 innings and has totaled 37 punch outs so far in his career.
Chicago has hit 14 HRs on the year as well as 34 RBIs. They have tallied 11 doubles, while getting a free base 43 times and scoring 34 runs. The Chicago Cubs have recorded a team on-base percentage of .267 in addition to a batting average of .166 so far this season. The Cubs hold a team slugging percentage of .307 and they are earning 2.62 runs per contest (30th in MLB). They have struck out on 134 instances (7th in MLB) and have accounted for 65 base knocks.
The Cubs hold a team WHIP of 1.395 and have a FIP of 3.98 as a unit on the year. They sit at 8th in baseball as a staff in total hits given up with 97. The Chicago pitching staff have conceded 57 runs this season while having a team ERA of 4.42 (56 earned runs conceded). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.05 (127 strikeouts against 62 walks). They have yielded 11 homers and they relinquish 4.50 runs per 9 innings (14th in MLB).
With 14 save situations, the Cubs have tallied 8 holds in addition to 1 blown save. Chicago has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 5 save opportunities and they have come away with 4 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 15 times in high leverage situations and on 15 occasions with base runners. Chicago relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 27.6% out of 29 inherited runners. They are ranked 7th in baseball holding a save percentage of 80.0%, and they have dispatched 51 relievers onto the diamond for the year.
Hendricks (69-49 career mark) is the owner of a 3.12 ERA and has given up 8.0 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.88 and he has faced 4,272 batters so far in his career. He has allowed 366 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.107 and a FIP of 3.5. So far in his MLB career, Hendricks has given up 939 hits while he has totaled 892 punch outs in 1,056 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (+115)
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