Even though the Chicago Cubs are sporting one of the highest team batting averages in baseball and have several starters who hitting above .300, they are struggling to put runs on the board.
The Cubs only managed four hits on Tuesday night, and while their strikeout numbers are down, they just don’t have the same power in the lineup.
Facing Charlie Morton on Wednesday night won’t make the task any easier. The Cubs will need to gather more than just four base runners to put a win on the board. Expect this to be a theme throughout the season for the Cubs as they don’t have a consistent and reliable power hitter that can deliver runs in bunches.
Mark Leiter Jr. will make his third start. He has been less than impressive for the Cubs, giving up nine runs over 7.1 innings.
He has struggled with command with six walks. He will need to be sharper against the Braves.
Stack Wins for Momentum
When teams are underperforming, a win is a win in any manner. For the Atlanta Braves, their 3-1 win on Tuesday night was not the most dominating performance of the season, but it is a W. Their pitching performance was short of dominating, but it was enough for the offense to squeak out a win.
Now the Braves need to keep adding to the total to avoid falling too far behind the red-hot New York Mets.
Morton has struggled in his last two starts after being extremely good in his season debut. Morton is a seasoned veteran and will not let a couple of bad starts ruin his season. Expect him to be locked in and ready to go.
The offense needs to get flowing against the Cubs and the struggling Leiter. The Braves need to end their unlucky streak and start stacking up some wins.
Cubs vs Braves Head-to-Head
The Braves dominated the 2021 MLB season series between the two teams with a 5-2 record.
Even though the Cubs have been decent offensively, they have not really scored runs in large bunches. On Tuesday against Max Fried, they struggled to get much of anything going and same could prove true against the likes of Morton.
Ryan Knuppel has been writing about sports & sports betting topics online for over 15 years. He was a college basketball All-American in the early 2000's and has always had a deep understanding for sports. Ryan was the 2011 Buffalo Wild Wings National "Pickem" Winner which earned him a trip to play flag football with Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders. He was also a 2015 FanDuel.com Playboy Mansion NBA Championships Qualifier in daily fantasy sports. But his true claim to fame is the fact that he has played basketball with and against THE Michael Jordan numerous times in his life. Ryan is excited to be writing and covering sports here and would love to hear from you on social media.