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The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta continue their three-game series with game two this afternoon. Can Kyle Wright and the Braves' offense get the better of Justin Steele and the Cubs? Jason Radowitz answers.

Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves Prediction: Can Kyle Wright and the Braves Get the Better of Justin Steele?

The Atlanta Braves took a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, ending their 14-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Cubs ended their 10-game losing streak in the win and have to be feeling good about shutting down the Braves. But will the Cubs be able to shut down the Braves for a second straight game? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Saturday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves.

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Cubs vs. Braves Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: June 18, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:20 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MARQ, BSSE

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Cubs vs. Braves Injury Report


Out: C Manny Pina (Wrist), OF Eddie Rosario (Eye), 2B Ozzie Albies (Foot)


Questionable: 1B Frank Schwindel (Back) Out: 2B David Bote (Shoulder), OF Michael Hermosillo (Quadriceps), 2B Nick Madrigal (Groin), OF Seiya Suzuki (Finger)

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Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves Prediction

The Cubs will send out Justin Steele, who is a left-handed pitcher with a 1-5 record along with a 4.33 ERA.

Steele has a respectable 4.16 xFIP in the last 30 days but has struck out under 20% of batters in that time frame while walking 10% of batters.

The left-hander has earned over 55% of ground balls in those 30 days but also has given up 23.1% of line drives. You get the best of both worlds with Steele.

However, he's taking on a Braves lineup that has a .313 ISO and wOBA of .424 against lefties in the last 30 days. The Braves will likely have seven righties to go up against Steele and have hit 24.3% of line drives in the last 30 days using their projected lineup.

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Meanwhile, Kyle Wright will take the hill for the Braves. Wright has been terrific this year with a 7-3 record along with a 2.57 ERA.

In the last 30 days, Wright has had an xFIP of 3.96 with 24.8% of strikeouts. At times, walks can get high but he's limiting line drives to 17.9% in the last 30 days while also earning 55.1% of ground balls in that same time frame.

The Cubs have averaged a .157 ISO and wOBA of .308 in the last 30 days with just 45.9% of ground balls and 19.4% of line drives with their projected lineup in those 30 days. The Cubs had to win yesterday's game with a shutout because they only scored one run.

That's how the Cubs are going to be against Wright. They're not scoring much, and today, the Braves should get back on track offensively.

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Grab the Braves on the runline at -1.5 on the road. The Braves are guaranteed nine innings to bat because they're the road team.

Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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