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Cubs at Braves 7/17/17 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 16 July 2017 by Thomas
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Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves

MLB: 7:35 PM EST

Jul. 17, 2017

Latest Odds : CHC -144 Total 9

The Chicago Cubs wrapped up a three game sweep in Baltimore on Sunday and now head to Atlanta to take on the Braves on Monday night. The Cubs are 46-45 on the season, 2nd in the NL Central, and are five games behind the Brewers. Chicago is 6-4 over their last ten games and are 22-25 on the road this season. The Chicago Cubs have won four of their last five games played in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves are also coming off of a three game sweep as they swept the DBacks at home before welcoming in the Cubs. The Braves are 45-45 on the season, 2nd in the NL East, and are 9.5 games behind the Nationals. Atlanta is 23-22 at SunTrust Park and have won five of their last six games played on a Monday.

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Jon Lester will take the spot on the mound for the Chicago Cubs. Lester is 5-6 on the season with 108 innings pitched. Lester carries a 4.25 ERA with 110 strikeouts and 37 walks. Lester pitched didn't last past the 1st inning in his last start allowing four earned runs on six hits. The Cubs have won seven straight Monday games when Lester starts.

Julio Teheran will climb the hill for the Atlanta Braves. Teheran is 7-6 on the season with 103.1 innings pitched. Teheran carries a 4.79 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 40 walks. Teheran pitched 7 innings in his last start allowing no earned runs on four hits. The Braves have won four of five of their last five game one's of a series when Teheran starts.

Recent Betting Trends:

Cubs are 5-0 in Lesters last 5 starts vs. National League East.

Braves are 4-1 in Teherans last 5 starts during game 1 of a series.

Under is 10-4-1 in Cubs last 15 during game 1 of a series.

Over is 4-1 in Braves last 5 overall.

Free Betting Pick: Atlanta Braves +134

Both team are riding three game win streaks as they enter Monday. The Braves will be at home and feature Teheran on the hill who is coming off a quality start. The Cubs also have won three straight but Lester is coming off of one of his worst starts in his career. Back the home team as they are a live barking underdog. Final Score Prediction, Atlanta Braves win 4-3.

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