Braves vs. Cubs Probable Starting Pitchers Today – May 21

The Atlanta Braves (27-17) and Chicago Cubs (26-22) clash on Tuesday at 7:40 PM ET, opening a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

The Braves will give the nod to Charlie Morton (3-1, 3.52 ERA), who is eyeing win No. 4 on the season, and the Cubs will counter with Javier Assad (4-0, 1.49 ERA).

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Braves vs. Cubs Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
  • Time: 7:40 PM ET
  • TV: BSSO
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Venue: Wrigley Field
  • Live Stream: Fubo
  • Probable Pitchers: Morton – ATL (3-1, 3.52 ERA) vs Assad – CHC (4-0, 1.49 ERA)

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Braves Probable Starting Pitcher Today: Charlie Morton

  • The Braves’ Morton (3-1) will make his ninth start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up three earned runs and allowed five hits in three innings pitched against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
  • The 40-year-old has pitched in eight games this season with an ERA of 3.52, a 2.59 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.152.
  • He has earned a quality start four times in eight starts this season.
  • In eight starts, Morton has pitched through or past the fifth inning seven times. He has a season average of 5.8 frames per outing.
  • In eight appearances this season, he has finished two without allowing an earned run.
  • Among qualified major league pitchers this season, the 40-year-old’s 3.52 ERA ranks 44th, 1.152 WHIP ranks 46th, and 8.6 K/9 ranks 38th.

Charlie Morton vs. Cubs

  • The Cubs have scored 212 runs this season, which ranks 12th in MLB. They are batting .230 for the campaign with 48 home runs, 14th in the league.
  • The Cubs have gone 5-for-14 with a double, a home run and three RBI in three innings this season against the right-hander.

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Cubs Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Javier Assad

  • Assad (4-0 with a 1.49 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings pitched) gets the start for the Cubs, his 10th of the season.
  • In his last time out on Wednesday, the right-hander went six scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves while surrendering four hits.
  • The 26-year-old has put up an ERA of 1.49, with 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in nine games this season. Opposing hitters have a .201 batting average against him.
  • Assad is looking to secure his fourth quality start of the season.
  • Assad has pitched five or more innings in a game seven times this season heading into this game.
  • He has had three appearances this season that he held his opponents to zero earned runs.
  • The 26-year-old’s 1.49 ERA ranks third, 1.034 WHIP ranks 18th, and 7.8 K/9 ranks 53rd among qualifying pitchers this season.

Javier Assad vs. Braves

  • He meets a Braves offense that ranks 16th in the league with 203 total runs scored while batting .255 as a squad. His opponent has a collective .411 slugging percentage (seventh in MLB play) and has hit a total of 46 home runs (16th in the league).
  • Assad has a 0.00 ERA and a 0.833 WHIP against the Braves this season in six innings pitched, allowing a .182 batting average over one appearance.
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