The first-place Braves will travel to Wrigley Field today to complete a one-game series which started a month ago.
On April 14, an 8-5 Braves team lead the Cubs 10-2 in the fifth inning, only to squander the lead at the hands of a walk-happy bullpen. After this deflating loss, it would have been easy for a young Braves team to roll over and allow this game to change the trajectory of a promising season.
Luckily, the following game was rained out and any potential momentum shift was minimized, as they have only lost one series since. The Braves are 16-10 since that fateful, inclement-weather-fueled afternoon.
The Braves, whose 24-15 record is the best in the National League, ride into town fresh off two series victories against the Rays and Marlins. After the Phillies’ victory over the Mets yesterday, Atlanta still sits in first place by one game. The Cubs, on the other hand, are in a four-way dogfight for NL Central supremacy, with the Cardinals, Pirates and Brewers all within ½ games of first place.
Today’s game will not only serve as the final game of the April series against Chicago, but also as the first of four straight against the Cubbies. After the game, the two teams will travel to SunTrust Park to play a regularly scheduled home series.
Julio Teheran is on the hill for the Braves today, and he will face his Colombian country mate Jose Quintana. This will be the second time these two hurlers have faced off against each other; when the two squared off in July 2016, it was the first time two Colombian pitchers had ever started the same game.
In the aforementioned April 14 game, the Braves trounced Quintana for 7 ER in 2 ⅓ innings. The Braves’ offense still ranks among the best in baseball, and a repeat performance (from everyone except the Braves bullpen) would be welcome.
First pitch is at 2:20 EST.
Game Date/Time: Monday, May 14, 2:20 p.m. ET
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network