Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Prediction MLB Picks 5/22/24

Chicago Cubs (26-22) vs Atlanta Braves (27-17)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)

Justin Steele (0-1) (5.21) vs Max Fried (3-2) (3.81)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs +125 / Atlanta Braves -147 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Atlanta Braves will send out Max Fried for the start here and Fried is 3-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fried is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA and 29 strikeouts against the Cubs. Justin Steele will get the start for the Cubs here and is 0-1 with a 5.21 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season.

Atlanta Braves Recap

The Atlanta Braves will look to rebound from their 4-3 loss at the hands of the Cubs in Tuesday’s clash. The Braves could use a win here to get the series win to bounce back from the weekend’s loss to the Padres.

Braves Still Loaded At The Plate

Marcell Ozuna leads the Braves with 54 hits including 14 home runs and 43 RBIs while Orlando Arcia has a team-high 13 doubles while Ozzie Albies has 10 doubles, logging 41 hits as well this season. Ronald Acuna Jr. has a team-high 15 stolen bases as well this season. Matt Olson has 9 doubles with a team-high 52 strikeouts and Austin Riley has 8 doubles with a pair of triples.

Why the Atlanta Braves will win

  • The Braves have won each of their last seven night games against the Cubs following a loss.
  • The Cubs have lost each of their last six games against National League opponents following a win.
  • The Cubs have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven home games after playing the previous day.
  • The Braves have covered the run line in eight of their last nine night games following an extra innings loss.

Chicago Cubs Recap

The Chicago Cubs come into this one looking to build on their win over the Braves on Tuesday to give themselves a shot at the series win after falling to the Pirates and Braves in their series losses in the last week.

Cubs Have Talented Roster, But Have Issues Producing

Nico Hoerner leads the Cubs with 43 hits, 11 doubles and a .267 batting average while Christopher Morel has a team-high 9 home runs and 33 RBIs. Michael Busch has 7 homers with 20 RBIs but also has the unfortunate distinction of leading the Cubs with 61 strikeouts as well this season. Cody Bellinger also has 7 homers and 22 RBIs as well this season.

Why the Chicago Cubs will win

  • The Braves have lost each of their last nine road games against National League opponents that held a winning record.
  • The underdogs have won five of the Braves' last six games.
  • The Braves have failed to cover the run line in eight of their last nine road games against National League opponents that held a winning record.
  • The underdogs have covered the run line in 13 of the Cubs' last 15 games at Wrigley Field.
  • The Cubs have led after 5 innings in each of their last five Wednesday games against opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Cubs have led after 3 innings in each of their last three Wednesday night games as underdogs.

Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Prediction

I’m on the Braves here. The Cubs just haven’t been able to win with Justin Steele on the mound this season as Steele has not been the same arm that he was for the Cubbies last season. Fried’s been consistently one of Atlanta’s best this season and he’s flat out owned the Cubs in the course of his career. The Braves also have been a lot better against left-handed pitching this year despite their struggles, so give me Atlanta in this one.

Chris’s Pick Atlanta -147

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