Milwaukee Brewers (7-8) at Chicago Cubs (11-3)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7:15 pm (Wrigley Field)
Brett Anderson (0-1) (5.40) vs. Yu Darvish (2-1) (2.12)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -172 / Milwaukee Brewers +158 --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs meet Thursday in MLB action from Wrigley Field.
This will be the first matchup of a four-game weekend set between these teams. Milwaukee is coming off a series versus the Twins. After splitting the first pair of games in that set 4-2 (loss) and 6-4 (win), in the Wednesday finale the Brewers were blown out with a 12-2 defeat. As for the Cubs, they played the Indians in a pair this week. Chicago won 7-1 on Tuesday, then in the Wednesday game the Cubs were able to prevail 7-2. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Brewers were out-hit 15-7 in the Wednesday loss, and were down 11-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth innings. Luis Urias was the only Milwaukee player with an RBI, notching two alongside two hits. Starter Eric Lauer had a bad night with 3.2 innings, nine hits, seven earned and just two strikeouts.
For the Thursday start, Milwaukee will go with lefty Brett Anderson. So far this season, Anderson is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and four strikeouts in 6.2 innings over two starts. In his MLB career, Anderson is 59-62 with a 4.06 ERA and 686 Ks in 1004.0 frames of work.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they were up 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth on Wednesday, and managed to pepper in three more runs throughout the game. Anthony Rizzo finished with a solo homer, two hits and two runs, while starter Kyle Hendricks posted seven hits and one earned in 6.0 innings.
In Thursday’s starting pitcher role, Chicago will send out Yu Darvish. Across his three starts this season, Darvish has a 2-1 record with a 2.12 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 17.0 innings. On his MLB career, Darvish is 65-54 with a 3.55 ERA and 1315 Ks in 1068.0 innings.
The Brewers are 4-0 in their last four Thursday games and 15-6 in their last 21 versus the National League Central. Milwaukee is 1-6 in their last seven during game one of a series and the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 17-5 in their last 22 during game one of a series and 58-26 in their last 85 Thursday games. Chicago is 51-24 in their last 75 games as a home favorite and the over is 4-1 in their last five Thursday games.
Pick: I’m going Cubs. This one should be fun, though. Anderson was originally going to face the Cubs at Wrigley very early in the season, but hit the IL due to a blister. As for Darvish, he managed a win on August 5, with one run in seven innings versus Kansas City. I think Darvish will come out strong again here, and Chicago should be in a good spot going into the later innings.