Series Preview: Cubs vs. Braves (4/13-4/15) — Game Times, Pitching Matchups, and More

The Cubs start their second home series this season on Friday when the Braves come to town for a three-game set as the Cubs look to improve from their last series against Pittsburgh. They fell in the series 2-1 to the Pirates but started to heat up at the end.

The Records

Cubs (6-6), Third in NL Central
Braves (7-5), Second in NL East

The Game Times & Broadcast Info

4/13: Cubs vs. Braves 1:20 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network (Out of Market), 670 The Score
4/14: Cubs vs. Braves 1:20 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
4/15: Cubs vs. Braves 1:20 PM CT on WGN, 670 The Score

The Pitching Matchups

4/13: Yu Darvish (CHC) vs. Anibal Sanchez (ATL)
4/14: Jose Quintana (CHC) vs. Sean Newcomb (ATL)
4/15: Tyler Chatwood (CHC) vs. Julio Teheran (ATL)

The Probable Lineups

Cubs

1: Ian Happ, CF
2: Tommy La Stella, 3B
3: Kris Bryant, 1B
4: Willson Contreras, C
5: Kyle Schwarber, LF
6: Addison Russell, SS
7: Javy Baez, 2B
8: Jason Heyward, RF
9: Pitcher

Braves

1: Ender Inciarte, CF
2: Ozzie Albies, 2B
3: Freddie Freeman, SS
4: Nick Markakis, RF
5: Kurt Suzuki, C
6: Preston Tucker, LF
7: Dansby Swanson, SS
8: Ryan Flaherty, 3B
9: Pitcher

The Players to Watch For

Dansby Swanson (ATL): The second-year shortstop Swanson has had the hot bat this season, leading the Braves in terms of batting average, hits, triples, and other fields. Swanson is batting around .350 with starts in all 12 games played by the Braves to date. He had a few good games last season against the Cubs back in September but was held silent in July. Swanson has turned into a force for Atlanta over the past few seasons and will look to continue his hot streak at the bat against the Cubs pitchers in this series.

Kris Bryant (CHC): Bryant is usually a suspect for attention all season always producing big numbers every day this season and in the past. With Anthony Rizzo out at first base, Joe Maddon has turned to guys like Victor Caratini and Ben Zobrist to fill in at first, but we have a new name for this series. You guessed it, Bryant is getting the start at first in the series opener and potentially until Rizzo returns in a few days.

The Conclusion

The Cubs still need that breakout series where the bats are hot, and the pitchers are lights out. They almost found it against Pittsburgh, but they fell short due to various problems. However, with a strong back end of the rotation for this series and the bats starting to heat up over the past two games, the Cubs could be in for the breakout series to start winning a lot of games like projected before the season. All it takes is these three games to get hot, and the Cubs can go on a roll into the playoffs this early on. 

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