Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves
Tip-off: Friday, April 5, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
- Chicago: Feldman (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
- Atlanta: Minor (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Thus far, the Chicago Cubs‘ starting rotation looks much better, making easier for the team win in the start of a season in four years. However, tonight the Cubs will have to really impress their YouWager fans when they meet the Atlanta Braves.
Chicago (2-1) saw starters Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood post a combined 0.95 ERA during their series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Even while it’s just three games, it’s significantly better than the 4.52 collective ERA Cubs’ starters posted back in 2012, third-worst in the NL.
The Cubs would like to see new addition Scott Feldman keep things going as he sets sail on his first season in the NL. Feldman went 39-44 with a 4.81 ERA over eight years with the Texas Rangers before signing a one-year deal with Chicago this past offseason.
The 30 year-old will start against an Atlanta lineup that in their first two games looked the part of their offseason acclaim as one baseball’s most potent. The Braves (2-1) plated 16 runs and had 19 hits — including six home runs — before being shut down to the tune of only two singles by the Philadelphia Phillies’ Cliff Lee in a 2-0 defeat yesterday.
After homering in each of his first two MLB games, Justin Upton provided one of those singles. B.J. Upton is still hitless with his new team, going 0 for 11 with seven strikeouts.
Starting for the Braves will be 25 year-old Mike Minor who is trying to carry the momentum over from a strong finish to last year. The left-hander was 6-4 with a 2.16 ERA in 14 starts after the All-Star break, though he had a difficult time this spring, amassing a 2-1 record and 6.26 ERA in six starts.
According to the MLB baseball odds, Minor has earned the victory in each of his four career starts versus the Cubs while striking out 30 in 23 innings.
The Cub’s Nate Schierholtz, who hit a big two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Thursday, is 3 for 6 lifetime versus Minor.