Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs Free Preview

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The Milwaukee Brewers will be taking on their division rival Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The game gets going at 8:05 p.m. ET and the matchup will be televised on WLS, FSWI and ESPN.

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 84-60 straight up (SU) and 72-71 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle much for gamblers, gaining 1.4 units for moneyline bettors and 0.5 units (ATS). The Brewers have gone 83-63 SU this year and are 75-70 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 16.9 units for moneyline gamblers and 1.1 units ATS.

Cubs games have an over/under record of 65-75-3 in 2018. The Brewers have an over/under record of 70-71-4.

Chase Anderson will get the nod for Milwaukee. The right-handed Anderson is 9-7 with a 3.95 ERA and 119 strikeouts. He’s 1-2 with 10 strikeouts and a 1.35 ERA against Chicago this year (three starts).

The Cubs will turn to righty Kyle Hendricks (11-10, 3.71 ERA), who has 141 strikeouts and 40 walks to his credit as well as a WHIP of 1.21. Hendricks is 2-0 with 14 strikeouts and a 4.00 ERA across three starts against Milwaukee this year.

Chicago’s pitching staff has given up 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The team’s starters have an ERA of 3.93, a WHIP of 1.36 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.7. The bullpen has a 3.35 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.6 K/9. In 65 games against NL Central foes, Cubs starters have an ERA of 3.42 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.80.

The Chicago hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per contest, including 4.4 per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .210/.293/.284 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Second baseman Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have led the way for the Cubs’ offense this year. Baez is hitting .293/.326/.563 with 30 home runs, 100 RBIs, 90 runs and 21 stolen bases, while Rizzo’s line is .279/.376/.477 with 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 66 runs.

For the visitors, Milwaukee’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.95 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.80 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.74, along with a WHIP of 1.25.

The Brewers offense has slashed .251/.322/.417 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 3.6 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain have led Milwaukee’s hitters. Yelich is slashing .313/.380/.551 with 28 home runs, 86 RBIs, 98 runs and 17 stolen bases. Cain is hitting .311/.401/.431 with 10 homers, 35 RBIs, 80 runs and 26 stolen bases.

The Brewers have gained 16.1 units and are 56-50 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 47 of those games, compared to 55 that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 0.3 units and are 56-56 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 50 of those games, compared to 59 that’ve gone under.

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Brewers, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in five of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • Chicago has recorded 20.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 17.4 over its last five.
  • The Brewers have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit eight over their last 10.