Fresh off of a series win in Washington, the Atlanta Braves will head to the Windy City where they will take open a four-game series on Monday against the Chicago Cubs. The Braves are surging of late going 16-5 in June and have pushed their lead in the NL East to 6.5 games over the slumping Phillies.
The Cubs will enter play on Monday with a 42-35 record and a half game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. Chicago is just 4-6 over its last 10 games but avoided a home sweep on Sunday with a 5-3 win over the New York Mets.
Atlanta swept the Cubs back in early April at SunTrust Park outscoring them 23-8 tin the series.
Here is a look at the pitching matchups for this week’s series.
Monday, June 24, 8:05 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)
Julio Teheran (2019: 16 GS, 87.1 IP, 21.2 K%, 11.5 BB%, 3.40 ERA, 4.35 FIP, 5.08 xFIP)
Julio Teheran will get the nod for the Braves in Monday’s series opener and will be looking to bounce back from a rare bad outing. Teheran allowed eight hits and six runs in just four innings in his last start against the Mets. Before that tough outing, Teheran had allowed a total of four runs in his last eight starts. Since allowing three homers to the Padres back on April 30, he has allowed just one over his last nine starts (48 2/3 innings).
Jon Lester (2019: 14 GS, 76.1 IP, 22.7 K%, 5.5 BB%, 4.13 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 4.23 xFIP)
Cubs lefty Jon Lester will start opposite of Teheran in the opener and is also eyeing a return to form. Lester allowed seven hits and three runs and threw 114 pitches in 5 2/3 innings in his last start against the White Sox. He has allowed a total of 13 runs in his last 16 2/3 innings. Lester allowed six hits, two runs and struck out seven against the Braves back on April 3.
Tuesday, June 25, 8:05 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)
Max Fried (2019: 17 G, 15 GS, 82.2 IP, 21.6 K%, 6.3 BB%, 4.03 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 3.51 xFIP)
Max Fried will take his turn on Tuesday and will be looking to put together another solid outing against the Cubs. Fried’s first start of the season came against Chicago back on April 4 in which he allowed just one hit over six shutout innings. That would begin a stretch where he allowed a total of four earned runs over his first four starts of the season. Fried snapped a rough stretch in his last outing allowing eight hits, two runs while striking out six over six innings against the Mets. Prior to that start, he had allowed 13 runs in his previous 14 2/3 innings.
Adbert Alzolay (2019: 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 33.3 K%, 13.3 BB%, 2.25 ERA, 5.42 FIP, 4.11 xFIP)
Adbert Alzolay made his major league debut last week allowing one hit and one run over four innings in relief. He will make his first career major league start in Tuesday’s game against the Braves.
Wednesday, June 26, 8:05 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)
Dallas Keuchel (2019: 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 11.5 K%, 0.0 BB%, 5.40 ERA, 5.77 FIP, 5.89 xFIP)
Dallas Keuchel will make his second start of the season for the Braves on Wednesday. Keuchel allowed eight hits and three earned runs in five innings of his debut in Washington. That was his first outing since last October. He looked strong early before fading late but should only get better from here. Wednesday will be Keuchel’s second career start at Wrigley Field.
Yu Darvish (2019: 16 GS, 85.1 IP, 26.3 K%, 12.7 BB%, 4.75 ERA, 5.16 FIP, 4.32 xFIP)
Wins are a stat that most people don’t care about anymore but Yu Darvish is still looking for his first career victory at Wrigley Field. He has made 12 career starts at Wrigley and has posted a 5.66 ERA in 62 innings. Additionally, Darvish has a no-decision in 10 straight starts which tied a major-league record. He allowed four hits and four runs over six innings in his last start against the Mets. He faced the Braves back on April fourth and allowed five hits and three runs in just four innings.
Thursday, June 27, 2:20 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)
The Braves haven’t yet announced who will take Mike Foltynewicz’s spot in the rotation after he was optioned to Gwinnett on Sunday. Candidates would seem to include Touki Toussaint, Sean Newcomb and possibly Bryse Wilson who has pitched well of late and would be on regular rest.
Tyler Chatwood (2019: 18 G, 2 GS, 39.0 IP, 18.0 K%, 13.2 BB%, 3.69 ERA, 5.40 FIP, 4.45 xFIP)
Tyler Chatwood has seen most of his action in 2019 out of the bullpen but will make his third start of the season in Thursday’s finale. Chatwood stepped in for a spot start against the Mets on Thursday and allowed six hits and two earned runs over four innings. He pitched two innings in relief against Atlanta back on April 4 allowing three hits and one run.