Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 9/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (72-68) at Chicago Cubs (77-63)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
J Nelson (11-6) (3.65) vs. J Lackey (11-10) (4.74)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -148 / Milwaukee Brewers +138 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSWI
The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs meet Friday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Milwaukee Brewers could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Brewers have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Milwaukee Brewers have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing three or more runs. Offensively, Travis Shaw leads the Brewers with 127 hits and 86 RBI while Domingo Santana and Orlando Arcia have combined for 246 hits and 114 RBI. Jimmy Nelson gets the ball, and he is 11-6 with a 3.59 ERA and 192 strikeouts this season. Nelson is 1-6 with a 4.08 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Cubs have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Chicago Cubs have won 12 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs with 141 hits and 102 RBI while Kris Bryant and Javier Baez have combined for 250 hits and 127 RBI. John Lackey gets the ball, and he is 11-10 with a 4.74 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 6-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 73 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League Central, 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 4-0 in Nelsons last 4 starts. The Cubs are 9-1 in their last 10 home games, 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 9-1 in Lackeys last 10 starts. The Brewers are 7-15 in the last 22 meetings in Chicago, 14-30 in the last 44 meetings and the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
While the Brewers are back in one of their little funks, the Cubs continue to swing a hot bat and are piling up the victories. Lackey has allowed just three earned runs in his last 18 innings at home and has lost just one game the last 10 times he's taken the hill. Nelson has been solid as of late in his own right, but he does have an ERA over four on the road and was tagged hard in his one trip to Wrigley this season. I like the Cubs.