Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs - 5/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (28-10) at Milwaukee Brewers (17-23)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm (Miller Park)
J Hammel (5-0) (1.77) vs. Junior Guerra (2-0) (4.00)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +145 / Chicago Cubs -155 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, FSWI
On Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers will be closing out their series at Miller Park.
This will be the third game of the set. On Tuesday in the opener, the Brewers edged out the Cubs 4-2. In the Wednesday game, we had ourselves a 13-inning marathon. Chicago finally took it 2-1, after Milwaukee had the tying run on third and the winning run on second but couldn’t push it further than that.
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For Thursday’s game, the Cubs will be bringing out right-hander Jason Hammel. Over his seven starts and 5-0 record, Hammel has been magnificent on a 1.77 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 40.2 total innings. Back on Friday, Hammel held Pittsburgh to two runs (one earned) in 6.2 innings for a victory.
Everyone’s been talking about the hot Cubs offense this year. Dexter Fowler has jumped out in front with 43 hits, 27 runs and 19 RBI. Kris Bryant has also been strong on 42 hits with 27 runs. Ben Zobrist has been coming on strong with 42 hits, 29 runs and 28 RBI. Zobrist was 3-for-5 with a run in Wednesday’s game.
The Brewers will be trotting out right-hander Junior Guerra for Thursday’s matchup. In his three starts and 2-0 record this season, Guerra has managed a 4.00 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP over 18 innings. On Friday against the Padres, Guerra put up six shutout innings on two hits with four strikeouts.
The Milwaukee batting order features some recognizable names. Ryan Braun leads the team with 48 hits, seven homers and 28 RBI. Braun sat Wednesday due to a lower-back issue. Jonathan Lucroy has found his way to 42 hits, 23 runs and 16 RBI. Chris Carter has a team-high 11 home runs with 28 RBI and 23 runs. Carter whiffed 0-for-6 on Wednesday with four strikeouts.
The Cubs are just 2-5 in their last seven game threes of a series, but 7-0 in Hammel’s last seven starts against the National League Central.
Meanwhile, the Brewers are 27-55 in their last 82 Thursday games and 9-23 in their last 32 against the National League Central.
Far be it for me to pick against Hammel and the Cubs this season, so I’ll take Chicago for the win. Guerra should be able to keep things relatively close on the Brewers side, however.