Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves Prediction MLB Picks 5/14/24

Atlanta Braves (24-13) vs Chicago Cubs (24-17)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 7:20 pm (Truist Park)

Chris Sale (5-1) (2.95) vs Jameson Taillon (3-0) (1.12)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -200 / Chicago Cubs +167 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves meet Tuesday in MLB action from Truist Park. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s an Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Chicago Cubs will start Jameson Taillon here and Taillon is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. In his career, Taillon is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves will send out Chris Sale here and Sale is 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 29 strikeouts against the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs Recap

The Chicago Cubs come into this one looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Braves in Monday’s series opener. The start to the series wasn’t ideal for the Cubs after picking up a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend.

Cubs Having Struggles At The Dish

Going into Monday’s matchup, Nico Hoerner leads the Cubs with 42 hits, 11 doubles and a .275 batting average while Christopher Morel has a team-high 9 home runs and 27 RBIs. Michael Busch has 7 homers with 20 RBIs but also has the unfortunate distinction of leading the Cubs with 53 strikeouts as well this season.

Atlanta Braves Recap

The Atlanta Braves will be hoping to keep the ball rolling after Monday’s win which was another strong start after series wins over the Mets and Red Sox over the last week.

Braves Looking To Keep Up Momentum

Entering Monday’s series opener, Marcell Ozuna leads the Braves with 45 hits including 12 home runs and 40 RBIs while Orlando Arcia has a team-high 11 doubles while Ozzie Albies has 9 doubles, logging 32 hits as well this season. Ronald Acuna Jr. has a team-high 44 strikeouts but also leads the Braves with 14 stolen bases as well this season. Austin Riley and Matt Olson each have 8 doubles as well with Riley belting a pair of triples.

Atlanta Braves Player Prop Facts

  • Jarred Kelenic has hit a home run in each of his two previous appearances with his team as a favorite against the Cubs.
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Braves' last eight home games against NL Central opponents.
  • Ozzie Albies has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last five home appearances against NL opponents.
  • Chris Sale has recorded seven or more strikeouts in four of his last five home appearances against NL Central opponents.
  • Ozzie Albies has scored at least one run in each of his last nine Tuesday appearances at Truist Park.
  • Matt Olson has recorded at least one hit in each of the Braves' last 13 home games against NL Central opponents.
  • Chris Sale has recorded a win in each of his last four home appearances.
  • Michael Harris has recorded a Double in three of the Braves' last four games as home favorites against NL Central opponents.
  • Austin Riley has recorded at least one Single in each of his last seven appearances in night games.
  • Marcell Ozuna ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for Slugging Percentage (.636) this season.

Chicago Cubs Player Prop Facts

  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one hit in each of his 12 previous appearances against NL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one total base in each of his 12 previous appearances against NL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Dansby Swanson has scored a run in seven of his last eight appearances against NL East opponents at Truist Park.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one Single in each of his last 10 appearances against NL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Cody Bellinger has hit a home run in three of his last five appearances with the Cubs as underdogs.
  • Ian Happ has recorded at least one RBI in five of the Cubs' last six games as underdogs against the Braves.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Atlanta Braves rank 4th in the league for doubles this season (76).
  • The Atlanta Braves rank 6th in the league for batting average this season (.255).
  • The Chicago Cubs rank 9th in the league for on-base percentage this season (.320).
  • The Chicago Cubs rank T9th in the league for strikeouts this season (361).

Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves Prediction

I’m on the under in this one. It’s crazy to me that Jameson Taillon has gotten off to the start he has this season and it kind of feels like Taillon is maybe pitching slightly above his pay grade, but until he falls off, I’m not really going to go against him, even against this Braves lineup as Atlanta’s bats haven’t looked as potent in recent games. On the other side, Chris Sale looks like he’s turned back the clock in a lot of recent outings, and I think this could end up being another low-scoring duel. Give me the under here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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