Atlanta; Thursday, 7:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Marcus Stroman (10-8, 3.88 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 117 strikeouts); Braves: AJ Smith-Shawver (0-0)
BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs visit the Atlanta Braves looking to stop a seven-game road skid.
Atlanta is 102-56 overall and 50-27 at home. Braves hitters have a collective .502 slugging percentage to lead the NL.
Chicago is 82-76 overall and 37-40 in road games. Cubs hitters are batting a collective .255, the 10th-best team batting average in MLB play.
Thursday's game is the sixth time these teams meet this season. The Braves are ahead 3-2 in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Ronald Acuna Jr. has a .336 batting average to lead the Braves, and has 34 doubles, four triples and 41 home runs. Ozzie Albies is 19-for-45 with three home runs and 10 RBI over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, .273 batting average, 5.80 ERA, outscored by one run
Cubs: 4-6, .271 batting average, 4.53 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs
INJURIES: Braves: Charlie Morton: 15-Day IL (finger), Max Fried: 15-Day IL (finger blister), Dylan Lee: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Daysbel Hernandez: 60-Day IL (forearm), Mike Soroka: 60-Day IL (forearm), Collin McHugh: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Yonny Chirinos: 60-Day IL (elbow), Sam Hilliard: 60-Day IL (heel), Kolby Allard: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Huascar Ynoa: 60-Day IL (elbow), Tyler Matzek: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Cubs: Brad Boxberger: 15-Day IL (forearm), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Michael Fulmer: 15-Day IL (forearm), Adbert Alzolay: 15-Day IL (forearm), Brandon Hughes: 60-Day IL (knee), Nick Burdi: 60-Day IL (appendicitis), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (elbow)
The Associated Press