Milwaukee Brewers (1-1) at Chicago Cubs (1-1)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Freddy Peralta (0-0) (0.00) vs. Tyler Chatwood (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -115 / Milwaukee Brewers -105 -- Over/Under: 11 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs meet Sunday in MLB action from Wrigley Field.
This will be game three of the opening weekend series between these teams. In the Friday game, Chicago took a 3-0 win. On Saturday in game two, the Brewers got their revenge with an 8-3 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Milwaukee had a narrow 4-3 lead going into the sixth inning on Saturday, but outscored the Cubs 4-0 the rest of the way. The Brewers out-hit Chicago 11-6 in that one. Lorenzo Cain had a nice 3-for-4 line with two runs and an RBI, and Justin Smoak hit a solo homer as one of his two hits.
For the Sunday game, the Brewers will send out Freddy Peralta in the start. Last season, Peralta posted a 7-3 record with a 5.29 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 85.0 innings. Peralta is a versatile weapon for Milwaukee, as he can slot into any pitching role the team needs. Peralta also has a new slider in his pitching arsenal which will be interesting to see.
Over on the Cubs’ side, there wasn’t a ton of tangible offense to go around on Saturday. Javier Baez was the only Chicago player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a run. Kyle Schwarber was another bright spot for the Cubs with his two-run homer in the fifth inning.
For Sunday’s series finale, Chicago will send out Tyler Chatwood to start. In 2019, Chatwood notched a 5-3 record with a 3.76 ERA and 74 Ks in 76.2 innings pitched. Last season he did well against the Brewers, with a 1.26 ERA, 23 strikeouts, nine walks and seven hits in 14.1 innings. Chatwood is a pretty versatile pitcher who holds a 49-55 record with a 4.38 ERA over his career.
The Brewers are 4-1 in their last five Sunday games and 7-2 in their last nine during game three of a series. Milwaukee is also 5-2 in their last seven versus a team with a winning record and 5-2 in their last seven games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 3-10 in their last 13 overall and 3-10 in their last 13 versus the National League Central. Chicago is 1-5 in their last six Sunday games as well, and 1-6 in their last seven games as a home favorite.
Pick: I like Chicago here, but not by much. Peralta should be able to come out and control the game fairly well for the Brewers, but in the later innings Milwaukee will be at the mercy of their bullpen. That could create an opportunity for the Cubs.
Chicago should also feel confident with Chatwood on the mound, given his success against Milwaukee last year. In any case, this should be another entertaining early-season game in the National League Central.