Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves Prediction, 4/26/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves
Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
Location: Truist Park in Cumberland, GA
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+102) Atlanta (-112)
Truist Park is the site where Charlie Morton and the Atlanta Braves (9-10, 3rd in NL East) will play the Chicago Cubs (10-10, 2nd in NL Central) on Monday. The moneyline on this game has the Cubs coming in at +102 and the Braves are at -112. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Zach Davies and Charlie Morton.
The Cubs have earned 24 doubles as a squad and have hit 27 baseballs out of the stadium. Chicago is slugging .407 and have struck out 193 times, while taking a walk on 71 occasions. As a squad, the Chicago Cubs are putting up 4.7 runs per contest, which is 12th in the league. They have tallied 86 RBI's and 129 base knocks on the season, while their average at the plate is .215. They have tallied 89 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .313.
Cubs pitchers have relinquished 22 long balls and also 84 total runs (15th in the league). They have walked 88 opposing players and their FIP is 4.56 as a squad so far this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.99 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.39. The Cubs have compiled a team ERA of 4.42 on the season (18th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 175 hitters.
Cubs relief pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 23 times in addition to having 20 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 13 holds this season (7th in baseball). The Cubs bullpen have recorded a save rate of 71.4% and has entered the game in 21 save situations. They have accumulated 5 saves on the season and have not converted 2 of their 7 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 39 runners over the course of the season with 30.8% of those runners crossed home plate. The Cubs have sent 76 relief pitchers to the mound this year.
The Cubs have converted 70.8% of balls in play into outs out of their 1,521 innings, which has them ranked 10th in pro baseball. The Chicago Cubs have accumulated 507 putouts on the campaign, as well as 182 assists and 5 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .993 which puts them in 2nd in the majors, and they have twisted 121 double plays.
Davies (51-38 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.22 while he has faced 2,944 batters in the majors. He has allowed 694 hits (8.9 hits per 9 innings) and has 210 free passes. His ERA is 3.90 (303 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.293. Davies has taken the ball for 699 innings and has totaled 507 punch outs so far in his MLB career.
Atlanta has tallied 28 home runs so far this year and 86 runs batted in. They have recorded 31 two-baggers, while walking 77 times as well as putting up 91 runs. The Atlanta Braves have tallied an OBP of .323 as well as a batting average of .228 on the campaign. The Braves have a team slugging percentage of .424 and they are scoring 4.79 runs per game (8th in baseball). They have been rung up on 170 occasions (19th in the league) and have earned a total of 140 hits.
The Atlanta pitching staff have yielded 91 runs on the year while holding a team ERA of 4.60 (84 earned runs surrendered). They have conceded 25 long balls and they surrender 4.99 runs per 9 innings (24th in the league). The Braves have a WHIP of 1.370 with a FIP of 4.37 as a pitching staff for the season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.59 (184 strikeouts vs 71 bases on balls). They sit at 21st in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 154.
Atlanta has had relievers enter the contest in 8 save chances and they have walked away with 5 saves. They are currently ranked 15th in the league with a save percentage of 62.5%, and they have sent 70 relievers to the hill for the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 37 times in high leverage situations and on 14 occasions with base runners. Atlanta relievers have an inherited score percentage of 25.0% out of their 24 inherited base runners. Sitting with 23 save situations, the Braves have earned 14 holds and 3 blown saves.
In 1,482 innings played, the Braves have earned a defensive efficiency of 69.0% (22nd in baseball). The Atlanta Braves have twisted 11 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .994 (1st in the majors). The Braves have recorded 166 assists, 4 errors and have amassed 494 putouts for the season.
In his career, Morton has allowed 1,422 base hits and he has 1,303 strikeouts in 1,462 frames. He has allowed 663 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.331 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.8. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.48 and he has faced 6,294 opposing batters in his career. Morton (94-90 mark in his career) holds a 4.08 ERA while surrendering 8.8 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (-112)
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