Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/26/14
Chicago Cubs (7-14) at Milwaukee Brewers (16-6)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Miller Park)
Travis Wood (L) (1-2) (2.520) vs. Marco Estrada (R) (1-1) (2.662)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -156 / Chicago Cubs +146 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSN-WI
The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers will play game two of a three-game series on Saturday. The Brewers won game one, 5-2.
The Cubs have lost three in a row and nine of their last 12 games overall, dropping to 7-15 on the season. Of course, the Cubs’ issues start on the offensive end, as they’ve been held to two or less runs in six of their last 10 games. Anthony Rizzo is the only Cubs batter who has double-digit RBI, and there are three Cubs hitters with at least 20 strikeouts. Starting for the Cubs on Saturday will be Travis Wood, who is 1-2 on the season with a 2.52 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 25 innings. Wood is 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers.
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On the other side, the Brewers are still one of the hotter teams in baseball, winning six of their last seven games. While the Brewers pitching staff has allowed two runs in four of their last five games, the offense is also doing a solid job of putting runs on the board. Ryan Braun has five hits in his last two games and four multiple hit games in his last 10. Marco Estrada will look to keep the momentum going for the Brewers, as he’s 1-1 on the season with a 2.66 ERA and has 19 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. Estrada is 4-0 with a 3.74 ERA in 11 career games against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 6-24 in Wood's last 30 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 10-30 in Wood's last 40 starts as an underdog. The Brewers are 1-4 in Estrada's last 5 starts as a favorite and 15-4 in Estrada's last 19 starts vs. National League Central. The Brewers are 5-0 in Estrada's last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
This is actually a resonable price for the Brewers considering the direction both teams are heading. Estrada has domainted the Cubs in his career and with the way both teams have been playing, there's no reason to think that's going to change.
Take the Brewers as long as you think the price is right.