Cubs Game Notes For Friday @ Atlanta
* The Cubs beat the White Sox, 3-1, in the last game before the All-Star break, snapping their three-game losing streak in the process. Chicago is 47-40 in 2015 – its best pre All-Star break record since 2008 (57-38).
* Atlanta was swept four straight by the Rockies at Coors Field in its last series before the break, scoring three or fewer runs in each of those setbacks. The Braves have dropped a season-high tying five consecutive games overall.
* This marks the first meeting of the season between the Cubs and Braves. Atlanta is 10-2 overall vs. Chicago since 2013, and has won seven straight home games against the Cubs at Turner Field.
* Kyle Hendricks pitched 7.0 innings of shutout ball against the White Sox in his last outing prior to the break, but was saddled with a no-decision. Hendricks, who will be making his first career appearance vs. the Braves tonight, hasn’t allowed a run in his last three starts, and his current scoreless streak is at 22.1 innings – the second-longest active streak in MLB (Greinke – 35.2).
* Julio Teheran went 7.0 innings and allowed three runs (all earned) in a no-decision in his last appearance before the ASG (in Milwaukee), recording his eighth straight 6+ inning start in the process. Teheran (2-0, 3.81 ERA in four career starts vs. Cubs) is 5-0 with a 2.04 ERA at Turner Field this season.
* Chris Coghlan went 6-for-10 with a home run and six RBI in his last three games vs. the Braves in 2014. Coghlan has a career batting average of .367 against Atlanta – best of any active player (minimum 150 PA).