The Chicago Cubs came out of the All-Star Break with momentum, sweeping their weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles, while scoring 27 runs in the process. They’ll look to keep that momentum going in Atlanta on Tuesday.
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The Cubs face the Braves at 7:35 PM ET in a matchup between John Lackey and Sean Newcomb. Lackey has struggled this season, with home runs being the main issue. He’s allowed at least one home run in 14 of his 17 starts and given up 24 home runs in 98.2 innings of work. Last season, he allowed just 23 in 188.1 innings pitched. Ricky Nolasco is the only pitcher in the majors to have allowed more dingers this season.
Lackey will face Newcomb, the Braves’ rookie starter who has had some challenges of his own. The Braves have dropped four of Newcomb’s six starts. After an impressive month of June where he posted a 1.48 ERA, Newcomb has given up 11 earned runs in just 7.1 innings of work in his last two outings.
Coming into this series, the Cubs are 7-3 in their last 10 against the Braves, with seven going over the posted total. Offense could be the theme once again if the pitchers on both sides continue to struggle.
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