Series Preview: Braves 4/29-5/1

The Cubs will host the Atlanta Braves for a three-game series to end their home stand. The Cubs are coming off a two-game sweep of the Brewers due to one game being rained out. The Cubs currently have the best record in the MLB with a record of 16-5.

The Braves finished their season series with the Boston Red Sox losing 3 out of 4. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games and have the worst record in the MLB with a record of 5-17.

April 29

Today on the mound for the Cubs is left-hander Jon Lester. He is 2-1 with a 1.98 ERA while striking out 23 and walking five batters.

Today’s Cubs lineup:

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Heyward RF
  3. Zobrist 2B
  4. Rizzo 1B
  5. Soler LF
  6. Baez 3B
  7. Russell SS
  8. Ross C
  9. Lester P

On the mound for the Braves is rookie right-hander Aaron Blair. This will be his second MLB game. In his debut, he went 5.1 innings allowing 6 hits and 3 runs. He also struck out 1 and walked 2 against the Mets.

Today’s Braves lineup:

  1. Markakis RF
  2. Castro SS
  3. Freeman 1B
  4. Garcia 3B
  5. Francoeur LF
  6. Flowers C
  7. Aybar 2B
  8. Stubbs  CF
  9. Blair P

Game time: 1:20pm CDT

April 30

For the second game of the series, John Lackey will be on the mound. He is 3-1 with 4.97 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 6 walks.

Right-hander Julio Teheran will be on the mound for the Braves. He is 0-3 with a 4.60 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 11 walks. He has been a bit wild throwing a league leading 4 wild pitches so far.

Game time: 1:20pm CDT

May 1

The final game of the series Jason Hammel will be on the mound for the Cubs. He is 3-0 with an outstanding 0.75 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 9 walks.

Matt Wisler will be on the mound for the Braves. He is 0-2 and 1 save with a 4.26 ERA with 19 strikeouts and 7 walks.

Game time: 1:20 CDT.

Predicition: Unless the Cubs have an awful game I think they will sweep the Braves.

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