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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 9/18/13

Chicago Cubs (63-88) at Milwaukee Brewers (67-83)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)

Chris Rusin (L) (2-4) (2.850) vs. Tyler Thornburg (R) (1-1) (1.500)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -129 / Chicago Cubs +119 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Wisconsin

The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers conclude their series at Miller Park on Wednesday.

The Cubs haven't been finishing the regular season as they wished with losses in eight of eleven with neither the work on the mound or at the plate being consistently strong. Both units came up just short in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of National League Central Milwaukee that saw Chicago squander a 3-1 lead. Jeff Samardzija tossed a winnable game with three runs given up over seven innings with Justin Grimm taking the loss when an unearned run crossed the plate in the 9th. Welington Castillo paced the offense with a two run bomb in a three run 7th. Chicago finishes off their series in Milwaukee with Chris Rusin on the bump. The left hander has eleven starts under his belt in 2013 and has gon 2-4 with a 2.85 ERA with run support hurting him at times.

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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick - 9/18/13

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The way the season has gone for the Brewers it's hard to belive this team won the National League Central a few short years ago. Injuries, suspensions and key players are missing from that team so it's not a surprise given the amount of talent that was lost. The Brew Crew are trying to end 2013 with a flurry as wis in five of six behind strong hitting and pitching. Milwaukee received just enough of both Tuesday with Marco Estrada allowing all three runs through seven frames in a no decision effort. The bats did their damage on six hits and three free passes with Carlos Gomez knocking in three while Logan Schafer plated the game winner on a suicide squeeze. Tyler Thornburg will make his tird straight start afte coming out of the bull pen when he faces the visiting Cubs. Thornburg has been solid the last two times out with two runs plated in each game over a pair of six inning stints.

Rusin has the better numbers but I prefer Thornburg here and what's not to like about the way Milwaukee has been hitting...

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