Cubs Poised to Take Rubber Match Against Brewers (09/12/2018)
Vegas Odds and MLB Picks: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs will attempt to cultivate their winning disposition and will strive for back-to-back victories as they get ready to resume hostilities against the Milwaukee Brewers. The two NL Central division rivals are scheduled to compete in the last installment of a three-game series with the contest set to be presented by the ESPN network Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. ET and live from the famed Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The Cubs, who built themselves a two-game cushion on Tuesday with a win, enter this affair as a -164 home favorite, according to Bovada Sportsbook, with the total sitting on 8.5 runs. RH Chase Anderson (9-7, 3.95 ERA) will attempt to get back into the winner’s circle as he is set to thread the hill for the Brewers while RH Kyle Hendricks (11-10, 3.71 ERA) will look to maintain his recent good form as he gets the call in the series’ finale for the Cubs.
Anderson has failed to reach the sixth inning for the third consecutive game and now has allowed four or more runs in three of his last six trips to the mound. The 30-year old allowed 2 runs across 5 hits with a walk and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings in a no-decision against the Giants back on Friday. The Texas native, who has yielded only 3 runs in 20 innings to the Cubs this season, is 4-4 with a 2.91 ERA in 10-career starts against the Cubs.
Hendricks has been sharp in his last four starts in which he posted three quality outings while registering an impressive 1.44 ERA during that stretch. The 28-year old allowed four runs (one earned) across six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in five innings in a no-decision against the Nationals back on Thursday. The California native has an 8-4 record with a 2.98 ERA in eighteen-career starts against the Brewers.
Prediction: Chi. Cubs 5 – Milwaukee 2
Team record: 83-63 SU
Milwaukee is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee’s last 5 games
Team record: 84-60 SU
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games
Chi Cubs is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games at home
Chi Cubs is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
Milwaukee home to Pittsburgh Friday, September 14
Chicago at Washington Thursday, September 13