Saturday, April 6, 2013

Preview for the Game on April 6th

Preview for the Game on April 6th
Chicago Cubs (2-2) at Atlanta Braves (3-1)

Tomorrow’s game is the second game of the series against the Atlanta Braves. The game will be played at Turner Field at 7:10pm eastern time and will be aired on WGN. The probable pitcher for the Cubbies will be the RHP Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva is more suited to be a long-reliever or a swing starter than a pitcher in a starting rotation, but injuries have created a chance in the rotation for him. The types of pitches that Villanueva pitches are a four-seam fastball in the low 90s, a solid slider, a circle changeup which is his strikeout pitch, a curve with a normal break to it and a cutter that he uses to get lefties out. Carlos Villanueva can be a solid pitcher this year for the Cubbies, he just needs to keep his pitches down and prevent homeruns.

The probable pitcher for the Braves will be the RHP Julio Teheran. Teheran is a young pitcher, who put in an impressive first year in majors last year and has shown some growth during the spring. The pitches in Teheran’s repertoire are a fastball that can reach around 94 mph, a cutter that can be effective against left-handed hitters, a wicked slider and a changeup that he uses to change speeds. Teheran doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but the Cubs hitters can’t overlook that because he is a good young pitcher that can be unhittable if his head is in the game.

The Cubs hitters are going to need to jump on the starting pitcher of the Braves because the Braves bullpen is too good and too hard to score runs on. The Cubs hitters match up well against Teheran, mostly because he isn’t a lefty and isn’t overpowering. Nate Schierholtz will be back in the lineup again and I expect him a have another good game as a Cubbie. I think Rizzo will get back on track after his three strikeout game last game and get an extra base hit.

My prediction for the next game is that the Cubbies come out with a win over the Braves with a score of 4 to 3. I believe the Cubs will win tomorrow because Atlanta will have a right-handed pitcher on the mound and the Cubs haven’t lost to a starting RHP yet this season. My predicted player of the game is Anthony Rizzo because I believe he will put in a great performance tomorrow under the lights in Atlanta. I think that Carlos Villanueva will go around 6 innings and gives up 2 runs on 7 hits.     

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