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Braves at Cubs Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, More

Chicago seeks to end its double-digit losing streak when they host the reigning World Series champions at Wrigley Field.

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The Chicago Cubs will finish a seven-game homestand this weekend when they host the Atlanta Braves for a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs (23-40) look to end their double-digit losing streak (10) during the series against the reigning World Series champions. Chicago started its homestand by being swept in four games by the San Diego Padres. The Cubs were outscored 41-15 during the series, which included two games of allowing at least 12 runs.

Despite the most recent losing streak, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer gave a vote of confidence to manager David Ross. This comes as no surprise with the number of injuries that have piled up on the Cubs and the franchise’s sights on better draft positioning.

The Braves (37-27) are heading in the other direction with a season-high 14-game winning streak. Atlanta’s hot June can be partly attributed to its defense, which has allowed two runs or fewer in eight games during its streak. The Braves have plenty of power offensively as they showed with 13 home runs during a three-game sweep against the Washington Nationals. Atlanta is four games back of the NL East-leading Mets.

Injuries

Atlanta Braves: Ozzie Albies: 60-Day IL (foot), Eddie Rosario: 60-Day IL (eye), Manny Pina: 60-Day IL (wrist), Tyler Matzek: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Jay Jackson: 60-Day IL (lat), Luke Jackson: 60-Day IL (undisclosed), Mike Soroka: 60-Day IL (achilles), Kirby Yates: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Chicago Cubs: Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Marcus Stroman: 15-Day IL (shoulder), David Bote: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Drew Smyly: 15-Day IL (oblique), Seiya Suzuki: 10-Day IL (finger), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (covid), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Probable Pitchers

Friday: Charlie Morton, RHP (4-3, 5.67 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) vs. Keegan Thompson, RHP (6-2, 3.67 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)

Saturday: Kyle Wright, RHP (7-3, 2.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) vs. Justin Steele, LHP (1-5, 4.33 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)

Sunday: Ian Anderson, RHP (5-3, 4.81 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) vs. Kyle Hendricks, RHP (2-5, 4.95 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)

How to Watch

Friday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Saturday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Sunday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network

All times Central

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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