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It’s hard to believe we are already ¼ of the way into this baseball season. Today will mark one more game off the calendar, as the Braves travel north to Wrigley Field to battle the Cubs.As long as the weather cooperates, first pitch will come at 2:20 EST, and that pitch will be thrown by Chicago’s Jose Quintana. Julio Teheran will take the hill for the Braves and try to shut down a Cubs offense that is stout from top to bottom.

The Braves likely have some revenge on their minds after an embarrassing bullpen display the last time these two teams faced each other.The recent trajectory of both teams is eerily similar. The Braves won 5 of their 6 games last week after being swept the previous weekend by the Giants; the Cubs won 5 of their 6 games last week after being swept the previous weekend by the Cardinals.

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Afternoon baseball is on tap Monday when the Chicago Cubs host the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. First pitch from Wrigley Field is set for 2:20 p.m. ET. The Cubs are -157 on the money line, meaning it would take a $157 bet on the Cubs to win to return $100.

Before you make any picks, you need to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.The model simulates every game 10,000 times to come up with optimal money-line, run-line and over-under picks. And it’s on a 5-1 run on MLB plays.Now, it has set its sights on Braves-Cubs on Monday and locked in its picks.The model knows that the Braves’ pitching has been masterful with a collective 3.55 ERA, but the Cubs have plenty of firepower in their lineup, including Javier Baez, that could intimidate any hurler.

Taking the mound for the Cubs will be lefty Jose Quintana, who’s 4-2 with a 4.42 ERA. He’s projected to strike out five Braves in five innings of work. He’ll oppose right-hander Julio Teheran, who’s 4-2 with a 3.14 ERA. The computer model is predicting Teheran to whiff five Cubs in six innings.

So which side of the line should you be all over on Monday? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Braves-Cubs money line you need to back, all from the computer model on a 5-1 MLB roll.Nobody expected 5-foot-9 Ozzie Albies to be among the major league home run leaders. Same with the Atlanta Braves’ rise to the top of the NL East.

They’ve made a believer of Cubs manager Joe Maddon.lbies hit a leadoff drive for his 13th homer, Jose Bautista connected for a three-run shot and the Braves held off Chicago 6-5 on Monday.Julio Teheran (4-1) pitched six innings and Tyler Flowers hit his first homer this season as NL-leading Atlanta (25-15) won for the sixth time in seven games. The Braves moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since July 28, 2014.

“It’s one of those things because the names aren’t big — they’re going to be big names in a couple years,” Maddon said. “They’ll be more easily identifiable. They have some really great talent there. I’m a big fan.”A.J. Minter worked a shaky ninth inning for his second save in the makeup of an April 15 rainout. Minter hit Ian Happ to force in a run with two out, but Kris Bryant lined out to left to end the game.

Chicago closed out a 5-2 homestand with its second straight loss. Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. each hit a two-run homer, but Jose Quintana (4-3) allowed all three Atlanta homers after pitching six sparkling innings against Miami in his previous start.The 21-year-old Albies drove Quintana’s second pitch the opposite way into the bleachers in right for his fourth career leadoff homer. The rookie second baseman tied Manny Machado, Mookie Betts and Bryce Harper for the major league lead in homers. He also doubled and singled.

“A lot of quality at-bats throughout the whole ballgame, especially against Quintana,” Flowers said. “Right out of the gate, too. It’s always nice to get him on the ropes a little bit, get a couple runs across and give Julio something to work with.”Almora went deep in the second, and Bryant connected in the third, but the Cubs were unable to keep up with the slugging Braves.

Flowers, Quintana’s former batterymate with the Chicago White Sox, hit a two-run shot in the third, a towering drive over the wall in left-center. Bautista lifted Atlanta to a 6-4 lead in the fifth, belting a drive to left for his second homer since joining the club on May 4.

Teheran allowed four runs and four hits, struck out one and walked three. The 27-year-old right-hander had a scoreless streak of 16 2/3 innings before Almora’s second homer of the season.

Sam Freeman replaced Teheran and got one out before departing with runners on first and second. Shane Carle then came in and retired each of his five batters while extending his scoreless streak to 13 innings.The Atlanta Braves will wrap up a seven-game road trip on Monday with a quick stop at Wrigley Field to face the Chicago Cubs. Monday’s game was originally slated to be played back on April 15 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Following Monday’s game, both teams will fly back to Atlanta where they will begin a three-game series at SunTrust Park on Tuesday.Atlanta comes in playing well going 5-1 on their current road trip. At 24-15, the Braves lead the NL East by one full game over the Philadelphia Phillies.The Cubs dropped a 5-3 decision to the White Sox on Sunday and enter Monday’s game 21-16 and 1.0 game out of first in a tightly contested NL Central.

The two teams split games in that earlier series with Atlanta winning the opener 4-0 behind a strong outing by Anibal Sanchez. The Braves led 10-2 after four in the second game but were undone by a nine-run eighth inning.ulio Teheran will get the nod on Monday for the Braves and will be looking to pick up where he left off in his last outing. Teheran allowed four hits over six shutout innings against the Phillies in his last start and hasn’t allowed a run in his last 13 innings. He has held opponents to two runs or less in five of his last six starts.

 

Jose Quintana has quietly put together a good stretch of his own. Quintana allowed five hits and one run over six innings in a win over Miami last time out. He has allowed one earned run over his last 17.0 innings. He was tagged for three unearned runs two starts ago against the Cardinals.Yu Darvish’s first season in Chicago has been a struggle so far. Tuesday’s game will be his first appearance since May 2 when he was tagged for seven hits including three home runs and five earned runs over just 4.1 innings. He missed his last scheduled start due to flu-like symptoms and was placed on the disabled list.

Darvish’s only other career appearance against the Braves came earlier this season where he allowed nine hits and four runs in just 4.2 innings.

Mike Foltynewicz has been one of the bigger surprises for the Braves this season. Folty bounced back from his first rough outing of the season last time out allowing three hits and one unearned run over five innings against the Marlins. Plagued by consistency issues in the past, Foltynewicz has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his eight starts this season.

He hasn’t had much luck in his career against the Cubs allowing 13 hits and nine runs in 11.0 innings spanning two starts.allowed just one hit over six shutout innings as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 4-3. Ender Inciarte hit a two-run home run in the sixth while Preston Tucker delivered an insurance run in the ninth with a pinch hit single. Arodys Vizcaino allowed a three-run home run to Justin Bour in the ninth but Atlanta held on for the win.

Atlanta will wrap up their road trip on Monday with a make up game at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. The two teams will then return to SunTrust Park for a three-game set in Atlanta.Adjustment time for Ozzie Albies as pitchers aim to exploit Braves standout’s aggressivenessSo far in May, teams are looking to exploit Ozzie Albies’ aggressiveness at the plate and Fox Sports Zach Dillard writes that it is time for Albies to make an adjustment.

 

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