Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/25/14
Chicago Cubs (7-13) at Milwaukee Brewers (16-6)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)
Carlos Villanueva (R) (1-2) (10.655) vs. Matt Garza (R) (0-2) (4.500)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -174 / Chicago Cubs +164 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs face off on Friday at Miller Park for game one of their weekend NL Central series.
The Milwaukee Brewers are one of the surprise teams in baseball this season as they lead the National League Central. The Brewers are 7-5 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have a 4.5 game lead over the season place Cardinals in the division standings. As a team the Brewers are hitting .258 with Jonathan Lucroy hitting .324, Scooter Gennett hitting .317, Aramis Ramirez hitting .313, and Ryan Braun hitting .300. The Milwaukee pitching staff has an ERA of 2.52 with the starters at 2.57 and the bullpen at 2.42. For game one against the Cubs the Brewers start ex-Cub Matt Garza. For the season Garza has allowed 27 hits and 13 runs while striking out 19 over 26 innings for a 0-2 record and a 4.50 ERA.
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The Chicago Cubs are having a building year and they are in last place in the NL Central standings. The Cubs are 2-6 on the road this season, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they are 8.5 games back in the NL Central standings. As a team the Cubs are hitting .241 with Emilio Bonifacio hitting .358, Anthony Rizzo hitting .316, and Starlin Castor hitting.274. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.86 with the starters at 3.62 and the bullpen at 4.36. For game one at Milwaukee the Cubs start Carlos Villanueva who has lost his last two starts. For the season Villanueva has allowed 29 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 13 over 14 innings for a 1-4 record and a 10.93 ERA.
Milwaukee is 4-1 against the NL Central, 6-2 following an off day, and 19-7 following a win. Chicago is 7-19 in their last 26 road games, 2-10 in game one of a series, and 1-4 in Villanueva’s last five road starts. Chicago is 5-22 in their last 27 games in Milwaukee.
The Brewers are a big favorite and although Garza is the tough luck starter of the century, I see him and the Brewers getting the win here.
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