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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/14

Chicago Cubs (71-88) at Milwaukee Brewers (81-78)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)

Tsuyoshi Wada (L) (4-3) (3.218) vs. Matt Garza (R) (8-8) (3.637)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-WI

The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers finish their seasons with a three-game series at Miller Park that begins Friday.

The Chicago Cubs have split their last eight games and are 17 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff has shown signs of life lately, allowing just four runs in their last two games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.94, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve won 17 straight games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Luis Valbuena has scored a run in eight of his last 10 games. Eric Jokisch gets the ball, and he’s 0-0 with a 1.74 ERA and has eight strikeouts in 10.1 innings. This will be Jokisch’s first career game against the Brewers.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/14

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The Milwaukee Brewers have lost six of their last eight games and have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Brewers issue continues to be a lack of offense, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Brewers have lost 20 of their last 23 games when scoring three or less runs. Ryan Braun has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Aramis Ramirez has a four-game hitting streak. The Milwaukee Brewers have an ERA of 3.67, which is 17th in the majors. Starting is Matt Garza, who is 8-8 with a 3.64 ERA and has 126 strikeouts in 163.1 innings. Garza is 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 7-3 in their last 10 games following an off day and 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series. The Brewers are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. National League Central. The Cubs are 7-26 in the last 33 meetings in Milwaukee.

There's no line on this game just yet, but you have to figure the Brewers will be the favorite considering the Cubs are going with a young pitcher who is making just his fourth appearance. With both teams playing for pride at this point, I'll take the Cubs, a team that's beaten the Brewers in five of the last six times. 

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