The Braves have fanned 777 times this season, fifth-most in the majors, and have lost four of their last five games entering the final series before the All-Star break.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Alex Wood (6-7, 3.14 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (5-1, 1.78)
Wood is arguably the unsung hero of Atlanta’s pitching staff, getting fewer than two runs of support in six of his 10 starts and winning three games in relief.
Arrieta is 4-0 in seven starts since the beginning of June, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning at Boston on June 30 and allowing one run on four hits in a no-decision Sunday at Washington.
– Over is 7-1 in Cubs last 8 Friday games.
– Over is 5-1 in Cubs last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning record.