Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Saturday August 3, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -130 / Milwaukee Brewers +110
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of their three game NL Central set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Saturday.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to rebound after opening the set with a 6-2 loss on Friday. Ryan Braun went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a double while Manny Pina had a double and an RBI of his own to round out Milwaukee’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Mike Moustakas went 2 for 4 while Zach Davies, Ben Gamel and Keston Hiura each had base hits as well in the defeat. Davies took the loss, falling to 8-5 on the year after allowing four runs on seven hits over four innings of work. Gio Gonzalez will start game two and is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gonzalez is 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 75 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to keep the momentum going after their series opening victory on Friday. Javier Baez went 3 for 5 with a home run, a pair of doubles and three RBIs while Jason Heyward has a solo home run. Willson Contreras and Jose Quintana each had an RBI to finish off Chicago’s scoring as a team in the win while Nick Castellanos had a double. Kris Bryant had two hits while Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber and David Bote each had a base hit to finish off the Cubs offense in the victory. Jose Quintana got the win to improve to 9-7 on the year after giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Cole Hamels will start game two and is 6-3 with a 2.98 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hamels is 8-3 with a 3.42 ERA and 102 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games and 6-1 in Gonzalez’s last 7 starts while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Chicago is 2-9 in their last 11 games against a left-handed starter and 35-17 in their last 52 home games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 division games. The under is 30-9 in the last 39 meetings between these two teams and 14-2 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
Hamels has been one of Chicago’s better starters this season and has some solid numbers in his career against the Brewers, but the issue is that Hamels hasn’t taken the mound for the Cubs in over a month. Gonzalez has had his moments, but the fact is that Milwaukee just seems to win with him on the mound, going 6-1 in his last 7 starts, including winning both of his starts since coming off of the IL. Gonzalez also just threw 6.1 innings against the Cubs last time out giving up just two runs. I think Milwaukee needs to show some urgency with their chances to close the gap in the division going down day by day, so I’ll take a shot with Milwaukee and the plus money in this one.