Milwaukee Brewers (11-7) at Chicago Cubs (8-9)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Brett Anderson (2-1) (2.65) vs. Kyle Hendricks (0-2) (6.92)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -130 / Milwaukee Brewers +119 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs meet in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to build on a 4-2 win over the Padres on Wednesday. Omar Narvaez leads the Brewers with 19 hits with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs while Avisail Garcia and Travis Shaw each have 3 home runs as well with Shaw leading the Brewers with 15 RBIs and 3 doubles. Luis Urias has 3 doubles as well while Jackie Bradley Jr. has a pair of triples but also has a team-high 24 strikeouts. Brett Anderson will get the start here and is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 1-2 with a 3.55 ERA and 23 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs come into this game looking to build on their 4-3 win over the Mets last time out. Willson Contreras leads the Cubs with a .269 batting average, a .391 OBP while Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 17 hits along with a team-high 5 home runs and 12 RBIS while Contreras and Javier Baez each have 5 home runs as well with Baez adding a team-high 16 RBIs as well. Bryant least the Cubs with 5 doubles as well while Baez shares the dubious distinction of a team-high 34 strikeouts at the plate this season. Kyle Hendricks will start this one and is 0-2 with a 6.92 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 9-6 with a 2.72 ERA and 131 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-2-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a left-handed starter and 1-4 in their last 5 division games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 series opening matchups. Milwaukee is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for either side, but realistically, between Anderson and Hendricks, it’s Hendricks that’s pitched better against the Brewers than Anderson against the Cubs and Hendricks is usually a better pitcher at home than on the road. The price isn’t bad on the Cubs either. Give me Chicago in this one.