Chicago Cubs (14-12) at Milwaukee Brewers (9-19)
|Date & Time||Friday May 8, 2015, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -109 / Chicago Cubs -101 --- Over/Under: 8
The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Chicago Cubs need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Cubs have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Cubs have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads Chicago with 33 hits and 17 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant have combined for 28 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have split their 10 games on the road. Jason Hammel gets the nod, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.73 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.
The Milwaukee Brewers look to stay hot after winning four of their last six games. The Brewers have allowed 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in two of their last seven games. The Brewers have lost 12 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adam Lind leads Milwaukee with 32 hits and 17 RBI while Ryan Braun and Jean Segura have combined for 24 RBI. The Milwaukee Brewers have split their last eight games on their home field. Jimmy Nelson takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Nelson is 0-2 with a 4.71 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Hammels last 5 starts vs. National League Central. The Brewers are 5-12 in their last 17 home games and 2-8 in Nelsons last 10 starts. The Cubs are 9-27 in the last 36 meetings in Milwaukee.
I like the Cubs in this spot, as they have the pitching advantage and have shown far more consistency than the Brewers. Give me the Cubs and the cheap price.