Atlanta Braves (5-8) vs. Chicago Cubs (5-7) Chicago; Friday, 2:20 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Drew Smyly (0-0, 5.73 ERA, . WHIP, 11 strikeouts) Cubs: TBD FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs +116, Braves -134; over/under is 8 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs host the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
After surrendering a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to squander a 5-4 advantage, the Braves responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half, punctuating the rally with a game-ending single by Dansby Swanson. "I think the biggest thing in those moments no matter who you are facing is just be able to slow the game down, breathe a little bit more and let everything come to you," Swanson said.
SO-CAL SHOWDOWN San Diego rookie Ryan Weathers makes his first big league start when Mookie Betts and the champion Dodgers visit Petco Park in the first matchup this season between the NL West rivals. Los Angeles swept the Padres in the NL Division Series last year, and both teams added more stars in the offseason. The series opener could mark the return of San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr., who's eligible to come off the disabled list after partially dislocating his shoulder.