MLB Monday Free Pick - Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs
A pair of first place teams in the NL kickoff an extended four-game series this Monday night at 8:05 p.m. with the Atlanta Braves on the road against the Chicago Cubs. Elite-rated VietBet has opened the Cubs as -120 home favorites with the total set at eight runs.
Current MLB Betting Odds:
Chicago Cubs -120
Atlanta Braves 8
Atlanta took two of three games on the road this weekend against Washington to stay red hot in the month of June. The Braves have won 15 of 20 games since May 31 to open a 6.5-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East. They are 46-32 overall with a 22-15 record on the road. The total stayed UNDER 10.5 runs in Sunday’s 4-3 victory against the Nationals as -144 road favorites. It had gone OVER VietBet’s closing line in 11 of Atlanta’s previous 13 games.
Behind some solid offensive production, the Braves are currently ranked second in the NL in scoring with an average of 5.5 runs a game. Their pitching staff slips to sixth on the list with a team ERA of 4.23. Julio Teheran is slated to get the start in Monday night’s series opener. The right hander is an even 5-5 on the year with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He gave up six earned runs in four innings against the New York Mets his last time out.
Chicago closed out its weekend series against the Mets with a 5-3 victory as a slight -107 home favorite. This salvaged a 2-2 split in the extended four-game set. The Cubs are just 4-8 over their last 12 games with the total going OVER or ending as a PUSH in their last four outings. They are 42-35 overall with a slight half-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central. Chicago is 27-14 at home this season.
The Cubs are a bit further down the list in the NL when it comes to scoring with an average of 5.05 runs a game. They do have the third-best staff ERA in the NL at 3.91. They will go with Jon Lester as their starter for Monday night. The left hander has won three of his last four starts to improve to 6-5 on the year. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox on June 19. His ERA on the year stands at 4.13 with a 1.35 WHIP.
Even with some solid arms on the mound to start this game, I am going with the OVER on VietBet’s total line as my top pick in this matchup.
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