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MLB : ATS Matchup

CHICAGO CUBS (22 - 18) at ATLANTA (26 - 16)
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Thursday, 5/17/2018 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
957CHICAGO CUBS-130Ov 9,-115-115Ov 9,-115
958ATLANTA+120Un 9,-105+105Un 9,-105
CHICAGO CUBS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games22-18-5.318-225.20.2530.3210.4090.7303.90.2240.3130.3640.677
Road Games9-10-3.97-124.80.2450.3110.3910.7033.70.2260.3220.3540.676
vs Right-handed Starters15-14-4.913-164.70.2470.3160.3930.7083.80.2200.3110.3700.681
Past 7 Games4-3-1.14-36.30.2760.3730.4600.8333.90.2190.3220.3930.715
Grass Games22-18-5.318-225.20.2530.3210.4090.7303.90.2240.3130.3640.677
Night Games10-9-1.37-125.30.2530.3130.4000.7133.30.2210.3070.3490.656
CHICAGO CUBS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.20.2530.3214014113577113410.4091981423371230624323320
Road Games4.80.2450.31119721177396180.3918569186316113152110
Righty Starters4.70.2470.316291001247449280.393130101239922117242614
CHICAGO CUBS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games2.791.207151.7534710912741459-511473.3%
Road Games2.301.21378.3222056339784-54357.1%

ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games26-16+13.620-195.40.2660.3340.4270.7614.00.2340.3210.3540.676
Home Games9-8+1.58-65.40.2610.3320.3950.7284.50.2440.3430.3630.706
vs Left-handed Starters8-3+5.36-56.00.2840.3550.4710.8264.30.2530.3250.3560.681
Past 7 Games5-2+34-35.40.2580.3530.4500.8033.60.2370.3090.3660.675
Grass Games24-16+11.420-175.50.2700.3390.4330.7734.10.2360.3240.3600.684
Night Games15-14+1.913-144.80.2550.3160.3860.7034.20.2490.3350.3750.710
ATLANTA - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.40.2660.334421491396718510.4272151533293130833274618
Home Games5.40.2610.33217574150263150.39587611281011119142212
Lefty Starters6.00.2840.35511401114142190.47164447978997121
ATLANTA - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.551.35715767621259881618-911284.6%
Home Games3.201.39370.4282552346674-42166.7%
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/4/2018QUINTANA(L)@ ST LOUISMIKOLAS(R)2-3L-1058 ovU1091992
5/5/2018CHATWOOD(R)@ ST LOUISWEAVER(R)6-8L1158.5 ovO1291790
5/6/2018LESTER(L)@ ST LOUISWACHA(R)3-4L-1108.5 ovU98010111
5/7/2018HENDRICKS(R)MIAMIGARCIA(L)14-2W-2307.5 ovO1560620
5/8/2018TSENG(R)MIAMIURENA(R)4-3W-2309 evU860650
5/9/2018QUINTANA(L)MIAMICHEN(L)13-4W-23511 ovO1780870
5/11/2018CHATWOOD(R)CHI WHITE SOXFULMER(R)11-2W-2358 unO15130572
5/12/2018LESTER(L)CHI WHITE SOXSHIELDS(R)8-4W-2507.5 evO991880
5/13/2018HENDRICKS(R)CHI WHITE SOXGIOLITO(R)3-5L-2558.5 evU371730
5/14/2018QUINTANA(L)ATLANTATEHERAN(R)5-6L-1508.5 ovO8619120
5/15/2018DARVISH(R)@ ATLANTAFOLTYNEWICZ(R)3-2W-1209 unU682541
5/16/2018CHATWOOD(R)@ ATLANTAMCCARTHY(R)1-4L-1059.5 ovU880770
5/23/2018 CLEVELAND  

ATLANTA - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/3/2018TEHERAN(R)@ NY METSVARGAS(L)11-0W1009 ovO1580360
5/5/2018MCCARTHY(R)SAN FRANCISCOBLACH(L)2-11L-1259 ovO7711883
5/6/2018SOROKA(R)SAN FRANCISCOSUAREZ(L)3-4L-1459 unU97010102
5/8/2018NEWCOMB(L)@ TAMPA BAYSNELL(L)1-0W1207.5 unU480570
5/9/2018TEHERAN(R)@ TAMPA BAYYARBROUGH(L)5-2W1008 evU621880
5/10/2018FOLTYNEWICZ(R)@ MIAMISMITH(L)9-2W-1107.5 unO16112580
5/11/2018MCCARTHY(R)@ MIAMISTRAILY(R)3-6L-1358.5 ovO5701472
5/12/2018SOROKA(R)@ MIAMIGARCIA(L)10-5W-1358 evO12611071
5/13/2018NEWCOMB(L)@ MIAMIURENA(R)4-3W-1458 unU861461
5/14/2018TEHERAN(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSQUINTANA(L)6-5W1408.5 ovO9120861
5/16/2018MCCARTHY(R)CHICAGO CUBSCHATWOOD(R)4-1W-1059.5 ovU770880
5/23/2018 @ PHILADELPHIA  
CHICAGO CUBS: 017 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS
MANAGER Joe Maddon (fourth season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly, C Chris Gimenez
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Wade Davis, C Alex Avila, C Rene Rivera, RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP John Lackey
OUTLOOK: World Series or bust. The acquisition of Darvish, who finalized a $126 million, six-year contract in February, gives Chicago a strong rotation, and the lineup is young, deep and dangerous. A franchise-record six players (Rizzo, Schwarber, Bryant, Happ, Baez and Contreras) belted at least 20 home runs last year, including a major league-record five in an age 25 or younger season. Chicago also scored more than 800 runs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the team surpassed that mark for three consecutive years from 1929-1931. The Cubs have made it to the NL Championship Series for three consecutive seasons, winning it all in 2016 to end a 108-year drought, and there's no reason to think they won't be in the mix for another title this year.
ATLANTA: 2017 72-90, third place
MANAGER Brian Snitker (third season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Brandon McCarthy, RHP Anibal Sanchez, LHP Scott Kazmir, INF Charlie Culberson, OF Preston Tucker, OF Ronald Acuna, 3B Austin Riley, OF Jeff Decker, 2B Christian Colon, RHP Shane Carle
SUBTRACTIONS: OF Matt Kemp, RHP R.A. Dickey, 3B Adonis Garcia, 1B Matt Adams, INF Jace Peterson, RHP Jason Motte
OUTLOOK: Teheran, Foltynewicz and Newcomb have provided reasons this spring to believe they can improve their 2017 numbers. For a change, the spring spotlight was on a position player; Acuna was hitting .432 with 4 home runs, 11 RBI and 4 steals when he was sent to minor league camp. The move involving the 20-year-old top prospect was expected. It was made to maintain an extra full season of contractual control down the road, but Acuna likely will be recalled in April and immediately start in left field. He could provide a needed power bat to help Freeman in the middle of the lineup. The Braves likely are still at least a year away from contending in the NL East, but improved starting pitching could push them closer to .500 this year.
Cubs' Lester hopes to reign over Braves

ATLANTA -- Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester has made 356 career starts. Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka has made three.

The 34-year-old veteran and the 20-year-old rookie will oppose each other Thursday night at SunTrust Park as the Cubs and Braves conclude a three-game series and four games in a row against each other because of Monday's makeup game in Chicago.

The Braves (26-16) held first place in the National League East with a 4-1 victory Wednesday thanks to a three-run eighth inning after the Cubs (22-18) had scored twice in the ninth for a comeback 3-2 win the previous night.

Wednesday's victory snapped a four-game home losing streak for the Braves, who are 9-8 in Atlanta compared to an NL-best 17-8 on the road after Monday's 6-5 victory at Chicago.

Lester (3-1, 2.66 ERA) has allowed one earned run or fewer in half of his eight starts and is coming off a 5 2/3-inning outing in a victory over the Chicago White Sox in which he gave up four hits and a run.

The resident of suburban Atlanta has often been at his best against the Braves, going 6-2 with a 2.47 ERA in nine games, including eight quality starts, and has a 1.82 ERA in his last five outings this season.

First baseman Freddie Freeman, though, has had his share of success against Lester, batting .300 in 20 at-bats with two home runs, and third baseman Jose Bautista has taken the winner of 162 games deep five times in 61 at-bats.

Lester's start against the White Sox was delayed more than two hours because of rain, and his previous outing against the Cardinals was twice interrupted by rain.

Rain is in the Atlanta forecast for Thursday, making Lester possibly prophetic.

"Can we just not get any rain one time?" he said after beating the White Sox. "I'm sure in Atlanta it'll rain again, we'll have another delay and it'll be three in a row."

Soroka, a first-round draft choice by the Braves in 2016, won his debut May 1 after being promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett, limiting the Mets in New York to six hits and a run over six innings while striking out five and walking none.

The native of Canada didn't make it to the sixth inning in either of his next two starts, though, and is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA after being victimized by a two-out error in the fifth inning of his most recent start.

The Braves have the three youngest players in the majors in 20-year-old Soroka, 20-year-old left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and 21-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies.

"It's what we've been working towards here," manager Brian Snitker said of the infusion of youth and energy in Atlanta as the Braves farm system bears fruit. "Been hearing about these guys, now you finally get them up here and it's exciting, it's fun. It's energizing for everybody to have the young guys. And they're all (doing it right) -- how they carry themselves, how they go about it. It gives you a lot of confidence and it's a good feeling to have them young guys."

Last Updated: 6/17/2019 2:48:24 AM EST

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