The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves will meet for the second time in this four-game series at Truist Park. The Braves have had the upper hand through two games with a 8-7 and 5-0 win. The offense powered the Braves to a 8-7 win in the first meeting, and then Ian Anderson and the pitching staff pulled the weight. Anderson went 7 innings with just 1 hit allowed. He didn’t allow the Cubs to scratch the dish, while A.J. Minter and Jacob Webb held up well out of the bullpen. Webb gave up a hit, but that would be the only offense the Cubs could produce. It’s going to continue to be a hit and miss season for the Cubs. They’ll have their moments, on both sides of the coin. A hot and cold Cubs team is likely going to happen often this season.
The good news for the Cubs is that they’re in a division that is open for business. It’s a wide-open affair with no team likely running away with the NL Central. I don’t have confidence in the Cubs winning, but if some breaks go their way, the opportunity is going to be there. The Milwaukee Brewers are currently up with a record of 14-9. They own a two-game advantage on the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates? It’s going to be interesting to see if the Pirates can stay in the hunt, but at 12-11, they haven’t done anything special to speak of. As the Cardinals and Reds potentially heat up, the Pirates will likely be left behind.
Going into Wednesday, the Cubs rank last in the NL Central with a record of 10-13. It’s so early in the season that standings watching isn’t something teams are doing. Atlanta has gotten off to a slow start despite their wins over the Cubs. They were losers in two straight against the Arizona Diamondbacks before getting on track the last two days. The Cubs go into Wednesday with a mark of 11-12. They are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies, and a half game behind the New York Mets. There is no team above .500 at the moment in the division. The NL Central is likely going to be a wide-open race as well.
A couple of teams are going to get hot and get some separation, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them is the Braves. The Braves have the talent on their side. Ozzie Albies will have to start heating up for the Braves if they’re going to do big things in 2021. Albies has been slow out of the gate with a .187 average and 3 home runs. Ronald Acuna Jr. is beginning to get going, though. Acuna Jr. connected for a solo shot to help lead the Braves to a 5-0 win. Head below for our free Cubs vs. Braves pick on April 28, 2021.
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The Cubs will send out Kyle Hendricks to try to stop the bleeding for the Cubs in Atlanta. They are in danger of losing three straight against the Braves on Wednesday at Truist Park. Hendricks has notched an ERA of 5.68 and 1.53 WHIP through four games and 19 innings of work. This hasn’t been a great start for Hendricks, but he was great in an outing against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 18. Hendricks held the Brewers to 4 hits and no runs across 6 innings on April 7.
How he followed that performance up was ugly, though. The Braves got to Hendricks for 7 hits and 7 earned runs in 4 innings of work. This has been consistent with his effort against the Braves in his career. Atlanta has torched Hendricks for a .378 batting average and .426 OBP. They’ve connected for 7 home runs and 20 RBI in only 85 at-bats. There isn’t a team in the majors that Hendricks hates to see more than the Braves. They’ve had his number in his career, and he faces another tough assignment against them in Atlanta tonight.
Huascar Ynoa, who is coming off a solid performance against the Diamondbacks, will counter for the Braves. Besides a poor performance versus the Cubs on April 17 at Wrigley Field, Ynoa has been sharp on the bump. Despite giving up 6 earned runs in that start, he has allowed only 3 earned runs in his other 18 innings on the bump. Overall, Ynoa has posted an ERA of 3.68 and 0.86 WHIP this season. I suspect that Ynoa has a better chance of bouncing back against the Cubs than Hendricks does on the road in Atlanta versus the Braves. I’m on the Braves to make it three in a row over the Cubs on Wednesday.