#Cubs and Hammel face Braves
Jason Hammel will start Friday when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Braves in Atlanta. Here’s the lineup:
The Braves have lost six of their last seven games, while the Cubs have won 12 of their last 15. Atlanta has hit 23 home runs in 59 games; Kris Bryant has 14 homers while Anthony Rizzo has 13.
The Cubs starting pitchers are a combined 34-12 with a 2.30 ERA, and opposing baters are hitting .198 against them.
*In Draft news, the Cubs selected three collegiate right-handed pitchers with their selections in rounds three, four and five. In the third round, the Cubs took right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch. In the fourth round, they picked Tyson Miller of Cal Baptist and and in the fifth round, Bailey Clark of Duke.