Cubs vs. Brewers - 8/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (52-67) at Chicago Cubs (76-43)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Zach Davies (9-5) (4.02) vs. J Arrieta (14-5) (2.55)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -300 / Milwaukee Brewers +268 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs look to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday afternoon.
The Milwaukee Brewers could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Brewers have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Milwaukee Brewers have an ERA of 4.26 and have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jonathan Villar leads Milwaukee with 129 hits, Ryan Braun has 65 RBI and Scooter Gennett has 10 home runs. Zach Davies gets the nod, and he’s 9-5 with a 3.80 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. Davies is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The Cubs have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to produce, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 129 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 85 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 13 home runs. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 14-5 with a 2.55 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 5-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series and 6-2 in Davies' last 8 starts with 4 days of rest. The Cubs are 11-4 in their last 15 during game 4 of a series and 38-13 in Arrietas last 51 starts. The Brewers are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Chicago.
The Cubs are hotter than they've been all season, losing just two games in the month of August. Things should only continue with Arrietaon the mound. Even though the price is insane, betting the Brewers to win seems like a waste regardless of price.