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    Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Atlanta Braves (102-56) into a matchup against Cody Bellinger and the Chicago Cubs (82-76) on Thursday at 7:20 PM ET at Truist Park. Acuna is hitting .336, the second-best batting average in the majors, for the favored Braves (-142), while Bellinger is sixth in MLB play with a .310 batting average this season for the underdog Cubs (+121). AJ Smith-Shawver starts for Atlanta while Chicago will counter with Marcus Stroman.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Braves vs. Cubs

    • Game Day: Thursday, September 28, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:20 PM ET
    • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    • Stadium: Truist Park
    Braves vs Cubs Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Braves -142 9.5

    How Do I Watch the Braves vs. the Cubs?

    • TV Channel: BSSO

    Braves Stats & Trends

    Braves Batting

    • The Atlanta Braves average 1.9 home runs per game and have hit a league-best 303 home runs in total.
    • Atlanta’s .275 batting average leads MLB.
    • The Braves are the top team in MLB play this season with a .343 on-base percentage.
    • Atlanta strikes out 7.9 times per game, the fifth-best average in MLB.
    • The Braves have hit 147 homers at home this season (1.9 per game).
    • Atlanta has a .511 slugging percentage and is averaging 3.8 extra-base hits per game at home.
    • The club averages 9.4 hits per game and is batting .279 at home this season.

    Braves Key Batters

    • Acuna leads Atlanta with an OBP of .414, plus a team-best slugging percentage of .596. He’s batting .336 on the season.
    • Among all qualified hitters in the majors, his batting average ranks second, his on-base percentage ranks second, and he is fourth in slugging.
    • Acuna has recorded at least one hit in 11 games in a row. During his last 10 games he is hitting .378 with two doubles, a triple, four home runs, a walk and seven RBI.
    • Matt Olson leads Atlanta with 168 hits. He is batting .281 this season and has 83 extra-base hits. He’s also slugging .602 with an on-base percentage of .388.
    • He is 20th in batting average, 10th in on-base percentage and third in slugging among qualified hitters.
    • Olson enters this game looking to extend his four-game hit streak. During his last five outings he is batting .333 with a double, four walks and two RBI.
    • Ozzie Albies has collected 161 base hits, an OBP of .331 and a slugging percentage of .514 this season.
    • Albies has recorded at least one base hit in three games in a row. During his last five outings he is batting .364 with three doubles, a home run, a walk and four RBI.
    • Austin Riley has been key for Atlanta with 173 hits, an OBP of .345 plus a slugging percentage of .515.

    Cubs Stats & Trends

    Cubs Batting

    • The Cubs’ 191 home runs rank 14th in Major League Baseball.
    • Chicago ranks 10th in MLB with a .255 team batting average.
    • The Cubs have an OBP of .331 this season, which ranks fifth in MLB.
    • Chicago ranks 14th with an average of 8.5 strikeouts per game.
    • They’ve hit 87 homers, an average of 1.1 per game, in 77 road contests this season.
    • Chicago has a team slugging percentage of .407 in away games this season with 232 extra-base hits.
    • They are averaging 8.7 base hits per game and batting .250 on the road this season.

    Cubs Key Batters

    • Bellinger leads the Cubs with 151 hits. He’s batting .310 and slugging .532 with an on-base percentage of .359.
    • Including all the qualifying players in the majors, his batting average is sixth, his on-base percentage ranks 27th, and he is ninth in slugging.
    • Nico Hoerner is slugging .386 to pace his team. He has a batting average of .284 with an on-base percentage of .349.
    • Including all qualified players, he ranks 16th in batting average, 39th in on-base percentage and 113th in slugging percentage.
    • Ian Happ a has .361 on-base percentage to pace the Cubs.
    • Seiya Suzuki is batting .282 with 29 doubles, six triples, 20 home runs and 57 walks.

    Braves vs. Cubs Probable Pitchers

    AJ Smith-Shawver (ATL) Pitcher Marcus Stroman (CHC)
    1 – 0 W/L 10 – 8
    21.2 IP 134.2
    4.57 ERA 3.88
    1.246 WHIP 1.248
    7.5 K/9 7.8
    4.2 BB/9 3.5

    Braves vs. Cubs Injury Updates

    • Braves: Charlie Morton: 15 Day IL (Finger), Max Fried: 15 Day IL (Finger blister), Collin McHugh: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Yonny Chirinos: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Nick Anderson: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Mike Soroka: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Dylan Lee: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Daysbel Hernández: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Kolby Allard: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Sam Hilliard: 60 Day IL (Heel), Huascar Ynoa: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Tyler Matzek: 60 Day IL (Elbow)
    • Cubs: Nick Madrigal: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Michael Fulmer: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Adbert Alzolay: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Brad Boxberger: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Brandon Hughes: 60 Day IL (Knee), Nick Burdi: 60 Day IL (Appendicitis), Ethan Roberts: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Codi Heuer: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

    Recent Scores and Betting Lines for the Braves and Cubs (Last 10 Games)

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