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Cubs vs Braves schedule and probable pitchers

Here is a look at the pitching matchups for Atlanta’s home opening series against the Cubs.

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It was a rough Opening Series for the Atlanta Braves who suffered a three-game sweep to the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta will return home on Monday where they will open a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs. Here is how the series lines up.

Monday, April 1, 7:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast, ESPN)

Kyle Hendricks (2018: 33 GS, 199 IP, 19.8 K%, 5.4 BB%, 3.44 ERA, 3.78 FIP, 3.87 xFIP)

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will make his 2019 debut in Monday’s home opener in Atlanta. Hendricks was great for the Cubs in 2018 posting a 3.44 ERA while making 33 starts and logging 199 innings. He didn’t pitch against Atlanta in 2018 but has performed well in his career with a 2.33 ERA to go along with 18 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.

Sean Newcomb (2018: 31 G, 30 GS, 164 IP, 23.0 K%, 11.6 BB%, 3.90 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 4.33 xFIP)

There was a point in the spring where it looked like Sean Newcomb might not make the club and would instead start at Triple-A. However, he pitched better In his final spring start against Cincinnati and given injuries to Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman have him in line to start the home opener.

There has never been a question about Newcomb’s stuff, it has always been about his command. He made strides at times in 2018 but his career to date has very much been a roller coaster ride.

Wednesday, April 3, 7:20 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South, ESPN)

Jon Lester (2018: 19.6 K%, 8.4 BB%, 3.00 ERA, 5.19 FIP, 5.08 xFIP) (2019: 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)

Jon Lester made the Opening Day start for the Cubs in Texas and picked up a victory after allowing two runs over six innings to go along with three strikeouts and two walks. Lester has made nine career starts against Atlanta and has a 2.47 ERA during that span.

Julio Teheran (2018: 22.4 K%, 11.6 BB%, 3.94 ERA, 4.83 FIP, 4.72 xFIP) (2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

Thanks to Tuesday’s off day, the Braves will bring back Julio Teheran on regular rest to start Game 2 against the Cubs. Teheran pitched good enough against the Phillies on Opening Day with a fastball that was sitting 90-92 and a good slider. He ended up allowing four runs over five innings.

Thursday, April 4, 7:20 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)

Yu Darvish (2018: 27.2 K%, 11.7 BB%, 4.95 ERA, 4.86 FIP, 4.24 xFIP) (2019: 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 BB, 4 K)

Yu Darvish struggled in his return to Texas in his first start logging a career-worst seven walks while lasting just 2 2/3 innings. Darvish did a good job of minimizing the damage allowing just three runs and two hits. Darvish has faced the Braves twice in his career allowing 12 hits and five runs in 8 2/3 innings. This will be his second career start at SunTrust Park.


Max Fried had been penciled in to start Thursday’s series finale but that won’t be happening after pitching in relief on Sunday in Philadelphia. It is possible that we see Kevin Gausman in this spot after he pitched in a minor league game earlier this week. The Braves could also elect to start Fried on short rest and piggy back him with someone like Bryse Wilson.

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