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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Cubs aim to sweep in series against Braves

Pitching Prospects: Brave: Ian Anderson (5-3, 4.81 ERA, 1.46 whip, 53 strikeouts); Cubs: Kyle Hendrix (2-5, 4.95 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 43 strikeouts)

fanduel sportsbook Line: Brave-161, Cubs +139; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

Bottom line: The Chicago Cubs will look to win the three-match series with a win against the Atlanta Braves.

Chicago has an overall record of 25–40 and a record of 13–24 at home. The Cubs are 19-8 in the game when they outlasted their opponents.

Atlanta has gone 17-15 on the road and 37-29 overall. Brave hitters have a collective .438 slugging percentage to lead the NL.

Teams will take the field on Sunday for the sixth time this season. The Cubs lead 3-2 in the season series.

Top Performer: Wilson Contreras has 12 home runs, 25 walks and 27 RBIs while .284 runs for the Cubs. Ian Happ is 12-for-37 in the last 10 games with a double, a triple, a home run and two RBIs.

Matt Olsson has 24 doubles and eight home runs for the Braves. Adam Duvall is 9-for-34 in the last 10 matches with two doubles and five home runs.

Last 10 games: Cubs: 2-8, .233 batting average, 7.80 ERA, outscore by 51 runs

Brave: 8-2, .271 batting average, 3.07 ERA, beat opponents by 35 runs

Injuries: Cubs: Frank Schwindell: 10-Day IL (back), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (Groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (Shoulder), Marcus Strowman: 15-Day IL (Shoulder), David Boate : 60-day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-day IL (elbow), Drew Smiley: 15-day IL (oblique), Seiya Suzuki: 10-day IL (finger), Ethan Roberts: 60-day IL ( Shoulder), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (Covid), Edbert Aljole: 60-Day IL (Shoulder), Cody Heuer: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (Elbow)

Brave: Ozzy Albiz: 60-days IL (legs), Eddie Rosario: 60-days IL (eyes), Manny Pina: 60-days IL (wrists), Tyler Matzek: 15-days IL (shoulders), Jay Jackson: 60 -Day IL (latent), Luke Jackson: 60-Day IL (Unknown), Mike Soroka: 60-Day IL (Achilles), Kirby Yates: 60-Day IL (Elbow)

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