Milwaukee Brewers (2-3) at Chicago Cubs (3-2)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Brandon Woodruff (0-0) (6.75) vs. Kyle Hendricks (0-1) (9.00)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -105 / Milwaukee Brewers -105 --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in MLB action from Wrigley Field.
This will be the final installment of a three-game set between these teams this week. In the series opener on Monday, the Cubs managed a two-run win. On Tuesday, Milwaukee posted a shutout victory to even it up. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Milwaukee coughed up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning in the Monday game and couldn’t catch back up in an eventual 5-3 loss. On Tuesday, the Brewers got ahead early with three runs in the first inning and won 4-0. Travis Shaw led the way on three RBI in that one.
For the Wednesday starting role, the Brewers will send out Brandon Woodruff. On Opening Day, Woodruff went 4.0 innings, giving up six hits, three earned and two walks with five strikeouts. That gives him a 6.75 ERA through one start so far.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they were able to pepper in enough offense to win Monday despite notching a relatively paltry five hits. In the Tuesday game, the Cubs couldn’t find any offense and put up just one hit on starter Freddy Peralta. Kris Bryant finished 1-for-4 in the loss.
For the Wednesday start, Chicago is sending out Kyle Hendricks. On Opening Day Hendricks didn’t have a good start either, posting 3.0 innings with four hits, three earned, three walks and four strikeouts. Hendricks is carrying a 9.00 ERA which he’ll try to carve down here.
The Brewers are 15-5 in their last 20 Wednesday games and 2-9 in their last 11 in game three of a series. The under is 3-0-1 in Milwaukee’s last four Wednesday games and 13-3-1 in their last 17 versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 18-8 in their last 26 games versus a team with a winning percentage below .400 and 19-8 in their last 27 with the total set at 7.0-8.5. Chicago is 3-7 in their last 10 overall and the under is 4-0 in their last four Wednesday games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Cubs. This should be a pretty interesting starting pitcher matchup however, as neither player had a good outing on Opening Day. Woodruff posted 50 of 78 pitches for strikes but struggled with his command. Hendricks had control issues as well, but he played well versus Milwaukee last year with a 1.08 ERA and 16 Ks in 16.2 innings. I think Hendricks and the Cubs have the upper hand in this one.