On Saturday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves played a very entertaining game. The Cubs got out to a big lead over the Braves early in the game and made it seem like this one was going to be quick and easy.
Of course, when you are playing the best team in baseball, that is never the case. Atlanta already has 70 wins for a reason. They made a bit of a comeback but the Cubs were able to hang on for the 8-6 victory.
The Braves won Friday night’s game by a final score of 8-0 so they are now tied in the series. That sets us up for an outstanding rubber match on Sunday.
Not only are two hot teams facing off for a Sunday rubber match, but they also have top-quality arms on the mound.
For the Braves, they have Charlie Morton going with his 10-9 record and 3.62 ERA. He is going to face Chicago Cubs pitcher Justin Steele who is 12-3 with a 2.65 ERA. That is as good as it gets for any matchup on this day. It should be very fun to watch.
The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves are going to put on a Sunday show.
If you’re looking for some offense from the Cubs, expect Dansby Swanson to have another great game against his former team. He was wonderful in the Saturday game as he hit a 2-run home run that helped the Cubs to get out to their 5-0 lead.
That proceeded Jeimer Candelario’s first with the Cubs this season after being traded back to Chicago before the deadline. The offense has been, outside of Friday’s mess, cooking with fire lately.
With other studs like Nico Hoerner, Ian Happ, and Cody Bellinger swinging well, they have a chance to win with a dude like Steele on the mound.
Of course, with studs like Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, and Matt Olson amongst others in the lineup, it is hard to keep that Braves lineup quiet. Atlanta has made some super-elite pitchers look foolish this season.
Every game is important in Major League Baseball but the Braves have an 11.5-game lead in the NL East right now. As for the Cubs, they are trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by 2.5 games for the lead in the NL Central (the Reds are ahead of the Cubs by 1.0 games as well).
The Cubs also trail the final Wild Card spot in the NL by 1.0 game. It has been a tremendous ride for them lately and taking a series over the best team in baseball would surely keep it going. This is must-see TV.