Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers Free Pick - 9/7/13
Milwaukee Brewers (60-80) at Chicago Cubs (60-80)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Johnny Hellweg (R) (0-3) (11.169) vs. Jake Arrieta (R) (3-3) (5.331)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -125 / Milwaukee Brewers +115 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Wisconsin, CSN-Chicago
The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers square off in game number two of their series at Wrigley.
After watching Milwaukee Friday with their best pitcher on the mound get lit up to the tune of 8-5 at Wrigley Field, I can see why this team has struggled in 2013. This can't be blamed on anyone but starter Kyle Lohse, who probably should have stayed in bed with the Cubs tagging him for five runs in the first and seven overall on eleven hits and a walk over five innings. The Brewers offense tried to make a game of it with ten hits and three BB producing a solo homer by Aramis Ramirez and and a three run jack by pinch- hitter Scooter Gennett. Rookie John Hellweg will be called up to make Saturday's start versus Chicago. Hellweg has made three starts this season, with 12 earned runs allowed on 17 hits and 12 walks in 9.2 innings.
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For at least a day, the Cubs can rest easy after the offense rose to the occasion and sent Milwaukee to the National League Central basement with them. Chicago has won four of six, with the trick being to win a few more and put some distance between the cellar and themselves. This is a team that is not real strong in any area, but did excel at the plate to overcome a shaky effort by Chris Rusin, who allowed two runs on seven hits through 3.2 frame and a three run homer served up Pedro Strop in the 8th. Junior Lake kickstarted the scoring with a first inning grand slam, while Rusin drove in two more. Jake Arrieta gets the starting nod against visiting Milwaukee Saturday. Arrieta broke a string of poor performance in a 7-1 victory over Philadelphia, in which he allowed the lone run over 6.2 frames.
I thought Milwaukee had the edge Friday, with Lohse, who had nothing, and I think Arrieta has the advantage here. Sure seems like a spot for the Cubs to not show, up which would be typical.