On the heels of an off day that included a significant piece of news, the Atlanta Braves will take on the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday evening. Atlanta’s performance in Philadelphia left plenty to be desired but, in the series opener against the Cubs, the Braves righted the ship to provide a bit of optimism for the second face-off.
This time around, however, there is something new to consider in that Chicago will deploy a left-handed starting pitcher in Jon Lester. Atlanta has not faced off against a lefty (at least at the outset of a game) this season and, considering some of the preseason rumblings surrounding lineup deployment, it will be quite interesting to see what Brian Snitker and company elect to do.
Will Ozzie Albies be in the lead-off spot? Could Johan Camargo be in the lineup, either in a corner outfield spot or otherwise? What other changes could arise?
Those answers will arrive shortly but, in the “things we already know” department, the Braves will send Julio Teheran to the mound for his second start of the young season. Teheran’s debut wasn’t flawless by any means but there were signs of life in the veteran’s arm and it will be intriguing to see how he responds against a potent Chicago offense.
From a Las Vegas perspective, the Braves actually enter this contest as a small favorite (-115) and that can often be instructive as to how the game may play out on the field. Still, weird things happen in baseball and there is no only one way to find out how it ends.
Stay tuned throughout the day (and evening) for all the latest.
Time/Date: Wednesday, April 3, 7:20 pm ET
Location: SunTrust Park
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, ESPN (Streaming: Fox Sports Go)
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network