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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago CubsFree Pick - 9/19/13

Chicago Cubs (63-89) at Milwaukee Brewers (68-83)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm (Miller Park)

Jake Arrieta (R) (3-4) (5.486) vs. Kyle Lohse (R) (10-9) (3.460)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -151 / Chicago Cubs +141 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN-America

The Chicago Cubs look to avoid getting swept at Miller Park by the host Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs had been hoping for a strong finish to 2013 but that goal hasn't panned out as of yet. Chicago has dropped five in a row and eight of eleven with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season. The Cubbies have struggled to score in this stretch with the pitching joining the struggles in Wednesday's 7-0 loss at Miller Park. Chris Rusin struggled early and often with six runs plated on four hits and a pair of free passes over four innings. The bats were never a factor on four hits and four walks with Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney recording two hits each. Jake Arrieta draws Thursday's starting assignment at Miller Park. Arrieta hasn't been at the top of his game the last two times out with seven earned runs allowed on nine hits and four BB over ten frames.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago CubsFree Pick - 9/19/13

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Milwaukee certainly wishes their recent play was something they had maintained over a full season because we might be including them in all the postseason conversations. Following Wednesday's victory the Brew Crew have won four in a row and eight of eleven overall where the offense and pitching have been on the same page more often then not. Both units were in top form Wednesday with Tyler Thornburg tossing a two hit shut out through six innings pitched. The offense posted seven hits and walked four times with Sean Halton connecting on a grand slam while Khris Davis went solo. Milwaukee turns to Kyle Lohse to secure the sweep against the visiting Cubs Thursday. Lohse rebounded from an 8-5 loss to this same Chicago squad to upend Cincinnati 5-1 in a complete game effort.

Lohse faces the Cubs for the second time in two weeks and I recall saying he had an edge as the best hurler in the Brewers rotation. My feelings haven't changed but I'm hoping the results do...

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