Braves vs. Cubs Probable Starting Pitchers Today – May 23

The Atlanta Braves (28-18) visit the Chicago Cubs (27-23) at 2:20 PM ET on Thursday, with both teams hoping to win the series.

The Braves will call on AJ Smith-Shawver versus the Cubs and Ben Brown (1-1).

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Braves vs. Cubs Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024
  • Time: 2:20 PM ET
  • TV: BSSO
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Venue: Wrigley Field
  • Live Stream: Fubo
  • Probable Pitchers: Smith-Shawver – ATL (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Brown – CHC (1-1, 3.57 ERA)

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Braves Probable Starting Pitcher Today: AJ Smith-Shawver

  • Smith-Shawver gets the nod for the Braves and will make his first start of the season.
  • This will be the first start of the season for the 21-year-old right-hander, who has not made an appearance on the mound in over a season.

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Cubs Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Ben Brown

  • Brown (1-1) gets the starting nod for the Cubs in his fifth start of the season. He’s put together a 3.57 ERA in 35 1/3 innings pitched, with 39 strikeouts.
  • In his last time out — out of the bullpen on Sunday — the right-hander threw two scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates while surrendering one hit.
  • In 11 games this season, the 24-year-old has an ERA of 3.57, with 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are batting .238 against him.
  • Brown is trying to record his second quality start of the season in this matchup.
  • Brown is trying to collect his second start of five or more innings this season in this game.
  • He has held his opponents without an earned run in five of his 11 appearances this season.

Ben Brown vs. Braves

  • The opposing Braves offense has a collective .252 batting average, and is 16th in the league with 397 total hits and 16th in MLB play with 215 runs scored. They have the seventh-ranked slugging percentage (.414) and are 15th in all of MLB with 51 home runs.
  • Head-to-head against the Braves this season, Brown has thrown two innings, giving up one earned run on four hits while striking out three.
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