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Cubs Game Notes For Monday @ Atlanta
After going 15-5 against the Braves over the previous three seasons, the Cubs went 3-3 against Atlanta last season. Each team won two of three on the road, and three of the games were decided by one run.
Chicago went 1-2 in its opening series in Texas despite scoring 28 runs. That is the second-most runs in the modern era by a team with a losing record through three games (1974 Royals scored 31, went 1-2).
The Braves lost their first three games of the season over the weekend in Philadelphia. Atlanta’s -12 run differential through three games is the team’s worst since 2003 (-15), when the Braves went on to win 101 games.
Kyle Hendricks finished the 2018 season strong, going 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA over his last seven starts. Prior to that, Hendricks was 9-10 with a 4.04 ERA in 26 starts.
Sean Newcomb had the highest walk percentage among qualifying pitchers last season (11.6 percent) but allowed just 0.99 home runs per nine innings. Newcomb’s walk percentage was the highest by a qualifying Braves pitcher with a sub-1.00 HR/9 since Zane Smith in 1986 (11.8 BB pct, 0.35 HR/9).
Javier Baez, the runner-up for 2018 NL MVP, has had two hits and an RBI in each of his first three games of the season. The last Cub to start a season with a longer such streak was Mark Grace in 1996 (four).