Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves Preview and Predictions 07-17-2017 by Gracenote finished SunTrust Park Cumberland, Georgia, USA Mon Jul 17 07:35 PM (909) Chicago Cubs RL: (+1.5) -110ML: -182O: +(6.5) +115 54 % (633 bets) 4 (910) Atlanta Braves RL: (-1.5) -120ML: +130U: +(6.5) -145 46 % (535 bets) 3 MATCHUP BOXSCORES PREVIEW CONSENSUS RECAP TRENDS TICKETS GAME 4 PREMIUM PICKs Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves Preview and Predictions by Gracenote on 07/16/2017 There may not be another pitcher in baseball more anxious to start the second half than Jon Lester, who gets the call as the defending world champion Chicago Cubs open a three-game series Monday at the Atlanta Braves. Lester, who won 19 games a season ago, was pummeled for 10 runs (four earned) in just two-thirds of an inning in his final start of the first half and has allowed nine earned runs in 5 2/3 innings across two July starts.Chicago begins the week hoping to continue the offensive onslaught that led to a three-game weekend sweep at Baltimore, scoring 27 runs in the three games as Willson Contreras finished the series 8-of-14 with four RBIs. The surprising Braves are at .500 (45-45) after finishing a three-game home sweep of Arizona on Sunday, winning 7-1 as Brandon Phillips doubled three times. Phillips finished the series 7-for-12 with five doubles, a homer and four RBIs. The Cubs start the week trailing Colorado by 5 Â½ games for the second and final wild-card spot in the National League, with Atlanta sitting one half-game behind Chicago.TV: 7:35 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FSN Southeast (Atlanta)PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jon Lester (5-6, 4.25 ERA) vs. Braves RH Julio Teheran (7-6, 4.79)Lester put together a strong June, going 2-1 in six starts with a 3.41 ERA while allowing three earned runs or fewer five times. The 33-year-old is 2-3 with a 4.96 ERA in eight away starts, giving up seven homers in 45 1/3 innings and a .288 batting average against. Lester is 4-2 in seven career starts against Atlanta, going 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two outings last season with two walks and 17 strikeouts over 14 innings.Teheran ended an up-and-down first half with two strong road starts to begin July, allowing two runs on seven hits in 13 1/3 innings in a no-decision against Oakland and a victory against Washington. He held the Nationals to four hits in seven scoreless innings in his last turns on July 8. Teheran, who posted a 6.35 ERA in June, is 2-0 with a 3.11 ERA in six career starts against Chicago.WALK-OFFS1. The Braves hit four doubles Sunday, giving them at least two in 12 consecutive contests - three shy of the club record.2. Cubs 3B Kris Bryant collected three hits for the second consecutive game Sunday, his third such effort this month and the ninth game in 2017 with at least that many.3. Atlanta is 37-17 this season when scoring four or more runs.PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Braves 1 Major League Baseball , baseball Line Up LINEUP AWAY AWAY Koji UeharaPitching order:2Batting order:5 Slot:2Position: Reliever (RP) Wade DavisPitching order:3Batting order:5 Slot:3Position: Reliever (RP) Jon LesterPitching order:1Batting order:9 Slot:1Position: Starter (SP) Kyle SchwarberBatting order:5 Slot:1Position: Left Outfield (LF) Willson ContrerasBatting order:4 Slot:1Position: Catcher (C) Ben ZobristBatting order:1 Slot:1Position: Second Base (2B)2nd Position: (LF) Addison RussellBatting order:9 Slot:2Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)2nd Position: (SS) Ian HappBatting order:6 Slot:1Position: Center Outfield (CF) Jason HeywardBatting order:7 Slot:1Position: Right Outfield (RF) Kris BryantBatting order:2 Slot:1Position: Third Base (3B) Javier BaezBatting order:8 Slot:1Position: Shortstop (SS)2nd Position: (2B) Anthony RizzoBatting order:3 Slot:1Position: First Base (1B) Odds POINT SPREAD ODDS America's Bookie williamhill bet365 gtbets guts sportsinteraction topbet Chicago Cubs @ Atlanta Braves (-1.5) -110(1.5) -110 (-1.5) 110(1.5) -130 (-1.5) -111(1.5) -111 (-1.5) -110(1.5) -110 (-1.5) -111(1.5) -111 (-1.5) -110(1.5) -110 (-1.5) -115(1.5) -105 MONEY LINE ODDS America's Bookie williamhill bet365 gtbets guts sportsinteraction topbet Chicago Cubs @ Atlanta Braves -168158 -161140 -175155 -173158 -182145 -185150 -185165 OVER UNDER ODDS America's Bookie williamhill bet365 gtbets guts sportsinteraction topbet Chicago Cubs @ Atlanta Braves Over: Under: (9.5) -115-105 (9) -125105 (9.5) 100-120 (9.5) -115-105 (9.5) 100-118 (9.5) -105-115 (9.5) -115-105 Tweet Comment about chicago cubs at atlanta braves preview and predictions MLB Related News Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers Recap 07/27/2017 00:04 Eric Hosmer's first career grand slam highlighted a nine-run seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals extended their season-best winning streak to eight games by pounding the Detroit Tigers 16-2 on Wednesday at Comerica Park. 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