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Keuchel looks for redemption in second Atlanta start

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The Braves won a big game last night, and have their newest addition on the mound as they look to take another one in Chicago.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta earned a tightly-contested victory on Tuesday, and today turn to Dallas Keuchel as the veteran looks to earn his first win as a Brave. The Cubs have a much tougher lineup than the Nationals lineup Keuchel faced last week, but the left-hander should become increasingly comfortable with each start. How that translates against a potent lineup, in a friendly offensive environment, remains to be seen.

As noted above, Keuchel took the loss in his first start for Atlanta, allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings while striking out three. Four of the eight hits Keuchel allowed went for extra bases, including a fourth inning solo homer by Yan Gomes. Keuchel is at his best when keeping the ball down and inducing ground balls, but Washington took advantage of multiple mistakes to sink the left-hander and the Braves. Keuchel has just two career starts against the Cubs, which came in 2012 and 2013, so there will be little familiarity entering tonight’s matchup.

Opposing Keuchel for the Cubs will be right-hander Yu Darvish, owner of a 2-3 record with a 4.75 ERA. As those numbers may suggest, Darvish has been bad this season, and has actually been lucky compared to his 5.18 FIP that is ballooned by his 5.0 BB/9. With just 69 hits allowed over 85 13 innings, Darvish has been tough to hit for much of the season, so Braves hitters will likely be patient as they look to exploit the right-hander for his lack of control thus far.

The current Braves roster has a fair amount of success against Darvish, with Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis, and Brian McCann having the most experience against the right-hander. This will be an interesting matchup for a largely patient lineup, so tune in with us as the Braves look to earn a second win at Wrigley Field.

Game Info

Atlanta Braves @ Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, June 26, 2019

8:05 pm EDT

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, MLB.tv

Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network

XM Radio: XM Streaming 841