Hanson is the rising young pitching star of the Braves and even though he is the third starter, could be the top pitcher for Atlanta. He is favored in baseball gambling in this game against Randy Wells and the Cubs.
MLB gambling trends point a little bit to the Cubs in this game even though the Braves are favored. The Braves routed the Cubs in the season opener by a score of 16-5 but even with that victory the Braves still had a losing record against Chicago in the last twenty games. And even though that game went over the baseball gambling total, many of the recent matchups between Chicago and Atlanta have been low scoring.
Wells was an excellent pitcher for the Cubs last season. He was the first Cubs rookie to reach double-digits in wins since Kerry Wood in 1998. He made 27 starts last season and that was the most a Chicago rookie since Mike Harkey made 27 in 1990. He led all National League rookies in starts and finished second in wins and innings pitched. Wells is definitely the unsung star of the Chicago pitching staff and a pitcher to follow in MLB gambling.
Hanson is also a young star for the Braves. He had a 2.59 ERA in his final 20 starts last season He had 91 strikeouts and only 26 walks in the 86 2/3 innings after the All-Star break. This is his first career start against the Cubs. The Braves went with Derek Lowe and Jair Jurrjens in the first two games of this series but many people in MLB gambling consider Hanson better than those two.
Even though the teams combined to score 21 runs on Monday, this game on Thursday could be low scoring. The teams have some MLB gambling trends that point to a low scoring game and Wells and Hanson are two of the better pitchers in the National League. The Cubs have a lineup that can be inconsistent at times while the Braves have some young stars that could struggle against Randy Wells. The Cubs didn’t get much at all this spring out of Derrek Lee or Aramis Ramirez. It could take a while for both of them to heat up and they are not going to get any help in this game from Tommy Hanson.