Milwaukee Brewers (95-67) at Chicago Cubs (95-67)
|Date & Time||Monday October 1, 2018, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs / Milwaukee Brewers --- Over/Under:
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs meet in a tiebreaker to determine the 2018 NL Central division champion from Wrigley Field in MLB action on Monday afternoon.
The Milwaukee Brewers come into this game at 95-67 after winning their final game of the season by a final score of 11-0 over the Detroit Tigers. Ryan Braun, Orlando Arcia and Jesus Aguilar each had two RBIs with Braun doubling while Aguilar hit a home run. Travis Shaw hit a solo shot while Mike Moustakas and Manny Pina each added an Rbi with Pina doubling in the winning effort. Lorenzo Cain added a two-bagger while Junior Guerra and Curtis Granderson each added a base hit to cap off Milwaukee’s offense in the victory. Gio Gonzalez got the win to improve to 10-11 this season, allowing just three hits over five shutout innings. The Brewers have not announced a starter at the time this article was posted but we will update it once it’s been announced.
The Chicago Cubs also finished at 95-67 thanks to a 10-5 win over St. Louis in their last outing. Willson Contreras had a home run and two RBIs while Kris Bryant added a double and two RBIs of his own. Albert Almora Jr., Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo each had an RBI with Zobrist hitting a triple while Rizzo went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Javier Baez went 2 for 4 with a double while Daniel Murphy added a two-bagger of his own to round out Chicago’s offense in the win. Allen Webster picked up the win to improve to 1-0 in a game that saw 9 different pitchers take the mound for the Cubs in the victory. Jose Quintana will start game 163 and is 13-11 with a 4.09 ERA and 154 strikeouts this season. In his career, Quintana is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA and 63 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 22-7 in their last 29 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Chicago is 4-1 in their last 5 division matchups and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 home games. Milwaukee is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
This game could honestly go either way, and I’d want to win this if I were either team as you don’t want to take on the Dodgers or Rockies in a one game playoff. However, I’m giving a lean to the Cubs because they didn’t have to travel for this game on short rest and Quintana has done a good job stifling the Brewers this season, going 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA this season against Milwaukee. We may not hear a starter until close to first pitch, so I’m going Cubs on the quick turnaround.