The Chicago Cubs might be sad to see the Atlanta Braves leave town Sunday afternoon. The Cubs look to complete a sweep of the season series with the Braves when the teams wrap up a four-game series Sunday at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs moved a season-high 15 games above .500 with Saturday’s 14-12 win – their ninth straight home win and their sixth straight overall. The Cubs’ lead in the National League Central sits at 4 1/2 games over Milwaukee, which visits Chicago for three games next weekend. Chicago has won all six meetings with the Braves this season, outscoring Atlanta 39-20. The Braves have lost six of their last eight games.
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, FSN South (Atlanta), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Max Fried (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Mike Montgomery (5-6, 3.29)
Fried will make his first start after four relief outings since making his debut on Aug. 8. The 23-year-old pitched three scoreless innings over his first two outings but has allowed four runs in 3 2/3 frames over his last two appearances. Fried has walked six in 6 2/3 innings, so he will need to command his pitches better to give the Braves a strong start.
Montgomery was outstanding in two starts filling in for Jon Lester, earning him another turn in the rotation. The 28-year-old has allowed one run over 13 innings while winning his last two starts and has given up just one run in 17 1/3 innings over his last three outings overall. Montgomery faced the Braves for the first time on June 19 in Atlanta and gave up one run and two hits over six innings to earn the win.
1. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo on Saturday became the fourth player in franchise history with at least three seasons of 30 doubles, 30 home runs, and 100 RBIs, joining Hack Wilson, Billy Williams, and Sammy Sosa.
2. Braves 2B Ozzie Albies has recorded multiple hits in five of his last nine games.
3. Chicago has seven games with at least 14 runs this season, its most since 1931.
PREDICTION: Cubs 6, Braves 3