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Cubs at Braves Odds

The Atlanta Braves will be happy to get home after losing their opening series in Philadelphia. The Braves will host the Chicago Cubs on Monday night in a game that can be seen on ESPN. The Cubs started the season in Texas and their offense was in high gear, so we’ll see if Atlanta can cool off the Chicago bats in this series. The probable pitching matchup for Monday has Kyle Hendricks going against Sean Newcomb. Let’s look at the game and MLB picks.

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves
Date and Time: Monday, April 1, 2019, 7:10 p.m. Eastern
Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
MLB Odds: Chicago -107, O/U 8 (over -115)
Probable Pitchers: Hendricks vs. Newcomb
Cubs vs. Braves TV Coverage: ESPN

The Cubs are starting the season on the road and will not actually play their home opener for another week when they host the Pirates on April 8. Chicago was a decent road team a year ago, as they went 44-37. Chicago has their offense in high gear, as they scored a lot of runs in Texas to start the season. On the other side, the Braves struggled in Philadelphia in their opening series, especially their pitching staff that was battered around. That may not change against the Cubs on Monday night with Newcomb on the mound.

Starting Pitchers

Hendricks recently signed a four-year extension and he has been very reliable for Chicago. He usually goes six or seven innings per start and gives up about three runs. He made 33 starts last season and had a 3.44 ERA. He actually didn’t face the Braves last season but he has pitched well against them in his career with a 2.33 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

Newcomb was 16-18 last season for the Braves with a 4.06 ERA. He had some good moments a year ago, but far too often his command was off and he was taken out of the rotation for a bit in September. There was a chance that Newcomb wouldn’t even make the starting rotation this season but Atlanta is missing two of their starters to open the season so Newcomb has a chance to impress and state his case to stay in the rotation.

Key Stats

The Cubs are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta. The Cubs are 7-2 in their last 9 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Cubs are 37-18 in their last 55 vs. the National League East. The Cubs are 4-0 in Hendricks’ last 4 road starts. The Cubs are 20-8 in Hendricks’ last 28 starts vs. the National League East.

The Braves are 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Braves are 1-4 in Newcomb’s last 5 home starts.

Looking at the total, the Over is 6-1 in the Cubs last 7 road games. The Over is 4-1 in the Cubs last 5 vs. the National League East. The Over is 6-2 in the Cubs last 8 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 5-1 in Hendricks’ last 6 road starts. The Under is 20-8 in Hendricks’ last 28 starts vs. the National League East. The Over is 4-1 in the Braves last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 7-2-1 in the Braves last 10 home games. The Over is 5-1 in Newcomb’s last 6 home starts. The Under is 11-4-1 in the last 16 meetings in Atlanta.

Cubs vs. Braves Picks

A lot of people really liked the Braves to be NL East contenders before the season began and perhaps Atlanta will be a contender once they get their starting rotation healthy, but right now the rotation has some question marks and Newcomb is one of those questions. He wasn’t anything special a year ago and he didn’t inspire any confidence this spring. On the other side, Hendricks is just a model of consistency. You know what you are going to get with Hendricks, as he will go 6 or 7 innings and keep the team in the game. The Cubs with Hendricks on the mound

MLB Game Preview – San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense has been in midseason form through the first four games on the season, and will aim to keep it going on Monday against the San Francisco Giants. Los Angeles’ pitching staff is deep and talented, and if the bats manage to dominate like this consistently, the team should be well on its way to making another deep playoff push.

San Francisco has been on the opposite side of things as its offense has yet to wake up. The Dodgers are at home in this matchup and the superior team, so there is no question it will be the favorite to win this game in MLB betting odds.

This MLB game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers will be held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, April 1st, 2019. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

Probable Pitchers

The Giants are expected to send left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the hill. He’s had some impressive seasons in the past and has generally posted good strikeout numbers, but is coming off a poor year. The switch to the national league should help him, and this is a pitcher’s park even though the Dodgers put up big offensive numbers in it the first four games.

The Dodgers are expected to send Julio Urias to the mound. He is a former phenom who has dealt with injuries but is still only 22 years old with a lot of talent. Urias may only be the Dodgers’ fifth starter at this point, but he has very good stuff. The variation on a pitcher like this is high, as Urias is capable of throwing a gem but he could also have issues finding the strike zone and give up a handful of runs.

Key Stat

42. That’s the number of runs the Dodgers have accumulated over the first four games of the season. The put on a clinic against the Diamondbacks, flexing their muscles in the earlygoing.

Cody Bellinger is off to a monstrous start, as he is batting .467 on the year with three homers and seven RBI. Bellinger is one of the main power sources in the middle of the order but he is far from the only one. Joc Pederson already has multiple home runs on the season, as do Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes.

The Giants, meanwhile, have only mustered five combined runs in the first four games. It’s a huge difference and a big reason why the Dodgers are going to be heavy favorites.

Free MLB ATS Picks

The Dodgers are rolling offensively, they have the better pitcher on the mound and the home field advantage. It’s all lining up to an easy win in this one. Consider Los Angeles not just on the moneyline but on the runline to win by several runs.

Urias is a bit of a wild card but look for him to dazzle in this one and lead the Dodgers to a rout over the Giants in MLB wagering.

MLB Pick:Los Angeles Dodgers 7, San Francisco Giants 2

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