Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (8-12) at Chicago Cubs (15-5)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Wrigley Field)
Taylor Jungmann (0-3) (8.47) vs. J Arrieta (4-0) (0.87)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -330 / Milwaukee Brewers +290 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSWI
Wrigley Field will be alive once again on Thursday afternoon, as the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs get together for game two of their mid-week series.
During the series opener on Tuesday, the Cubs edged out a 4-3 victory, cutting short a late Milwaukee surge that put up two runs in the eighth.
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The Brewers will be trotting out right-hander Taylor Jungmann fors Thursday’s game. Jungmann has had a rough go of things in 2016, as he’s carrying a bloated 8.47 ERA, a 1.82 WHIP and an 0-3 record across four starts and 17 innings of work. In his last start on Thursday, Jungmann allowed three runs and walked six in just over four innings of work in a loss against the Twins.
The good news for the Brewers is that they’ve got a few big swingers in their batting order. Team star Ryan Braun has been doing his thing this season, with 25 hits, 12 runs, five homers and 17 RBI. Jonathan Lucroy is also playing well with 19 hits and nine runs. Lucroy went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, however. Chris Carter is enjoying something of a breakout April with 19 hits, 12 runs, five homers and 15 RBI on his stat sheet.
The Cubs are going to be rolling with right-hander Jake Arrieta for Thursday’s matchup. Arrieta has been flat-out spectacular this season, getting four wins in four starts for a 0.87 ERA and 0.68 WHIP over 31 innings. Back on Thursday in his last appearance, Arrieta tossed his second career no-hitter against the Reds, and that means he’s held the opposing team scoreless in three of his four starts.
Chicago has enjoyed a glut of success at the plate as well. Dexter Fowler is off to a scorching start with 17 runs, 25 hits and 14 RBI. Kris Bryant isn’t far behind with 23 hits, 15 runs and 15 RBI. Anthony Rizzo has been a power station with eight homers and 22 RBI, but his BA sits at an ugly .205. Rizzo went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Tuesday’s game.
The Brewers are 5-0 in their last five Thursday games, but just 1-8 in Jungmann’s last nine starts.As for the Cubs, they’re 5-0 in Arrieta’s last five Thursday starts, and 7-0 in Arrieta’s last seven home starts.
There’s really no reason to pick the Brewers here, especially considering Arrieta’s dominance (not to mention Jungmann’s struggles). The Cubs should roll in this one.