2019-09-01 13:20:00 EDT
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs meet in the rubber match of their three game NL Central division set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Sunday.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following a 2-0 triumph in game two on Saturday. Manny Pina had both of Milwaukee’s RBIs in the winning effort, while Ben Gamel went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and Hernan Perez went 2 for 4 with a two-bagger of his own as well in the win. Cory Spangenberg and Travis Shaw each contributed a base hit to finish off the Brew Crew’s offense as a team in the win. Zach Davies threw 4.2 shutout innings, allowing just four hits, not factoring in the decision. Junior Guerra got the win to improve to 8-4 on the year while Josh Hader picked up his 27th save of the season. Gio Gonzalez will start the finale and is 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gonzales is 4-3 with a 2.77 ERA and 79 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Saturday. Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 and Cole Hamels contributed a double while Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber each added a base knock as the Cubbies had just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Hamels took the loss, falling to 7-5 on the year after allowing two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out seven over six innings of work. Yu Darvish will get the start in the finale and is 5-6 with a 4.25 ERA and 183 strikeouts this season. In his career, Darvish is 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA and 32 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 1-4 in Gonzalez’s last 5 division starts and 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. Chicago is 4-0 in Darvish’s last 4 home starts and 41-20 in their last 61 home games while the under is 4-1 in Darvish’s last 5 division starts. Milwaukee is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
The plus money is tempting with Gonzalez on the mound, given that he has a 1.65 ERA across three starts against the Cubs this season. However, Gonzalez would have had a better record if the bullpen didn’t collapse on him and as up and down as the Cubs can be, they’re still one of the better teams at home in all of baseball. Darvish has struggled in his own right, but the Cubs are playing the better baseball as of late, so I’ll lay the juice with the Cubs for the series victory here.