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Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs odds, tips and betting trends | June 18

The Chicago Cubs (24-40) will host the Atlanta Braves (37-28), in the second game of a three-game series, Saturday at 2:20 PM ET.

As the favorite, the Braves (-167 moneyline odds to win) visit the Cubs (+145). The matchup on the mound for this contest is set with the Atlanta Braves looking to Kyle Wright (7-3), and Justin Steele (1-5) taking the ball for the Chicago Cubs.

These squads play again after the Cubs’ 1-0 victory over the Braves yesterday. Chris Martin (1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 K) registered the win for the Cubs. A.J. Minter (1.0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 K) took the loss on the mound for the Braves.

Here is everything you need to get ready for Saturday’s Braves vs. Cubs matchup.

Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs Odds and Betting Lines

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  • Favorite: Braves (-167, bet $167 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Cubs (+145, bet $100 to win $145)

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Braves Stats and Trends

Braves Betting Records

  • The Braves have won 29, or 63%, of the 46 games they’ve played as favorites this season.
  • Atlanta has a record of 17-6 in games where oddsmakers favor them by at least -167 on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 62.5% chance of a victory for the Braves.
  • Atlanta and its opponents have hit the over in 34 of their 64 games with a total this season.
  • The Braves are 33-31-0 against the spread this season.

Kyle Wright (Braves Probable Starter)

  • Wright (7-3) will take the mound for the Braves, his 13th start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up three earned runs and allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
  • The 26-year-old has an ERA of 2.57, a 3.2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.032 in 12 games this season.
  • He’s going for his fifth straight quality start.
  • Wright will look to finish five or more innings for the seventh start in a row.
  • The Cubs have scored 269 runs this season, which ranks 20th in MLB. They have 520 hits, 12th in baseball, with 64 home runs (17th in the league).
  • The Cubs have gone 3-for-21 with an RBI in seven innings this season against the right-hander.
  • Among qualified major league pitchers this season, the 26-year-old’s 2.57 ERA ranks 14th, 1.032 WHIP ranks 20th, and 9.8 K/9 ranks 11th.

Braves Batting Stats

  • The Braves rank second in Major League Baseball with 97 home runs.
  • Fueled by 226 extra-base hits, the Braves lead MLB with a .438 slugging percentage this season.
  • Atlanta ranks 12th in MLB with a .245 team batting average.
  • The Braves are among the highest scoring teams in the league, ranking seventh with 308 total runs this season.
  • Atlanta has the 16th-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.314).
  • The Braves rank last in strikeouts per game (9.5) among MLB offenses.

Cubs Stats and Trends

Cubs Betting Records

  • The Cubs have been underdogs in 45 games this season and have come away with the win 17 times (37.8%) in those contests.
  • This year, Chicago has won four of 14 games when listed as at least +145 or worse on the moneyline.
  • The Cubs have an implied victory probability of 40.8% according to the moneyline set by oddsmakers for this matchup.
  • Chicago’s games have gone over the total in 32 of their 64 opportunities.
  • The Cubs are 32-32-0 against the spread in their 64 games that had a posted line this season.

Justin Steele (Cubs Probable Starter)

  • The Cubs will send Steele (1-5) out to make his 13th start of the season. He is 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA and 50 strikeouts over 54 innings pitched.
  • The lefty last appeared on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres, when he tossed 7 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run while giving up six hits.
  • The 26-year-old has amassed an ERA of 4.33, with 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 games this season. Opponents are batting .252 against him.
  • Steele is trying to extend a second-game quality start streak in this outing.
  • Steele will try to prolong a four-game streak of going five or more innings (he’s averaging 4.2 innings per appearance).
  • He will face a Braves offense that ranks seventh in the league with 308 total runs scored while batting .245 as a unit. His opponent has a collective .438 slugging percentage (first in MLB play) and has hit a total of 97 home runs (second in the league).

Cubs Batting Stats

  • The Cubs average 1.0 home run per game to rank 17th in baseball with 64 total home runs .
  • This season, the Cubs rank 15th in baseball, slugging .391.
  • Chicago’s .241 batting average ranks 16th in the majors.
  • The Cubs score the 20th-most runs in baseball (269 total, 4.2 per game).
  • Chicago ranks 13th in the league with a .317 on-base percentage.
  • The Cubs’ 8.7 strikeouts per game rank 23rd in the league.

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Braves vs. Cubs: Live Streaming Info & Game Time

  • Game Day: Saturday, June 18, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:20 PM ET
  • Stadium: Wrigley Field
  • TV Channel: Marquee Sports Network
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (Watch for free)

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