Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (57-37) at Milwaukee Brewers (40-52)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)
J Hammel (8-5) (3.34) vs. J Nelson (6-7) (3.32)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +158 / Chicago Cubs -168 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to get back in the win column after a much needed day off on Thursday as they head into Milwaukee to take on the struggling Brewers.
The Cubs head into Miller Park this weekend looking to stay in the mix for top spot in the National League standings and they are in a good spot to kick things off as they send Jason Hammel to the mound to face off against Jimmy Nelson. The Cubs have been the class of the NL Central all season long and while they have been a bit up and down over the last month or so they are still a full 20 games clear of the .500 mark and are head and shoulders above where the Brewers are at this point in the season. Chicago also gets speedy outfielder Dexter Fowler back in the lineup this weekend and his five tool set at the plate will go a long way in getting some swagger back in the Chicago lineup.
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The Brewers meanwhile have stumbled to another disappointing campaign and with trade rumors swirling around some of their biggest pieces the realization of a rebuild is becoming very present as guys like Lucroy, Braun, Jeffress, and Smith could be on the way out. Milwaukee is 40-52 this season and while there is still enough time for them to make a run I don’t see it happening when it comes to personnel and the likelihood of some being on the move and with the Cubs, Pirates, and Cards all well ahead of The Brewers right now they may as well concede and start building for the future.
The Cubs are 10-3 in their last 13 Friday games, 5-2 in their last seven overall, and 8-2 in Hammel’s last 10 starts against the NL Central while the Brewers are 2-5 in their last seven overall, 2-6 in Nelson’s last eight starts, and 1-9 in his last 10 against a team with a winning record. Both pitchers have been struggling of late but the Cubs are the better team and are on a day’s rest and I think Hammel and the Baby Bears bounce back here and get a big win.