Cubs at Braves
The series between the Atlanta Braves and the visiting Chicago Cubs has already seen a little bit of everything - and it’s only one game old. After a wild series opener, the Braves hope to bounce back from a frustrating loss when they host the Cubs for the second of three games Wednesday.
Chicago scored two runs in the ninth to claim a 3-2 victory Tuesday in a game marred by replay controversy. Two bang-bang plays went against the Braves in the fifth inning, costing Atlanta two runs. It was the second consecutive one-run game between the National League contenders, as Atlanta won 6-5 in a make-up game at Chicago on Monday. The season series is tied at two games apiece.
TV: 7:35 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FS Southeast (Atlanta)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Tyler Chatwood (3-3, 3.35 ERA) vs. Braves RH Brandon McCarthy (4-2, 5.58)
Chatwood has issued at least five walks in five of his seven starts, which has prevented him from pitching deeper into games. The 28-year-old has been effective, though, allowing two or fewer runs in five of his seven outings and winning his last three decisions. Chatwood is 2-2 with a 5.60 ERA in seven games (five starts) against Atlanta.
McCarthy has been hit hard in his first two starts this month, allowing 14 runs and 23 hits over 8 1/3 innings. The 34-year-old surrendered two home runs Friday at Miami and was charged with six runs and 11 hits over five frames in his second straight loss. McCarthy has an excellent track record against the Cubs, going 2-1 with a 1.11 ERA in five games (four starts).
1. Braves 1B Freddie Freeman is 7-for-13 with two doubles versus Chatwood.
2. Cubs C Willson Contreras is 11-for-22 with nine extra-base hits and 11 RBIs over his past six games.
3. Atlanta SS Dansby Swanson (wrist) took batting practice on the field Tuesday and is on track to play a rehab game Thursday, and could possibly be activated Friday against Miami.