Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/31/14
Chicago Cubs (19-32) at Milwaukee Brewers (32-22)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Miller Park)
Jason Hammel (R) (5-3) (3.077) vs. Wily Peralta (R) (4-4) (2.121)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -154 / Chicago Cubs +144 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-WI
The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers will take the field Saturday afternoon for game two of three.
The Cubs are back to stinking up the joint by losing five of their last seven games and falling 14 games below a .500 record. The Cubs main struggles come from their batting lineup that has the 29th worst batting average in the league at .231. The Cubs have scored three or less runs in 30 of their 52 games this season. Pitching wise, the Cubs have the ninth best ERA in baseball, but have allowed four or more runs in five straight games. Getting the nod is Jason Hammel, who is 5-3 with a 3.08 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. Hammel is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers.
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The Brewers have won three straight and are 11 games above a .500 record. The Brewers lineup is producing runs by the boatload recently, scoring six or more runs in five straight games, including 11 runs in Friday’s victory. Carlos Gomez has a 10-game hitting streak and Ryan Braun has at least one extra-base hit in five straight games. Pitching wise, the Brewers still have a top 10 ERA. Taking the mound will be Wily Peralta, who is 4-4 with a 2.12 ERA and has 49 strikeouts in 63.2 innings. Peralta is 2-3 with a 3.22 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 1-4 in Hammel's last 5 starts as an underdog and 10-26 in their last 36 games as a road underdog. The Brewers are 3-8 in Peralta's last 11 starts as a home favorite and 0-4 in Peralta's last 4 starts. The Cubs are 6-24 in the last 30 meetings in Milwaukee.
The juice is too steep to take the Brewers, which is why I'm backing the under. The Cubs can't score and the under is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.