Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers
|Date & Time||Friday July 26, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Milwaukee Brewers +105 / Chicago Cubs -125
The Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in game one of a three game NL Central division set in MLB action from Miller Park on Friday.
The Chicago Cubs will look to pick up some momentum after avoiding a sweep at the hands of San Francisco with a 4-1 win in the series finale on Wednesday. Kris Bryant had a home run and two RBIs while Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez each had a solo home run with Baez going 2 for 5 with a double as well. Robel Garcia went 2 for 4 while Tyler Chatwood, Jason Heyward, Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo each had base hits as well in the victory. Tyler Chatwood gave up one run on four hits while striking out five over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Kyle Ryan picked up the win to improve to 3-1 on the year while Craig Kimbrel closed out the 9th for his 7th save of the season. Kyle Hendricks will start game one and is 7-8 with a 3.41 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA and 104 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to build some steam after salvaging a win in their series finale against Cincinnati, taking the series finale on Wednesday by a final score of 5-4. Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Braun each had two RBIs with Braun hitting his 15th home run of the season. Keston Hiura added a solo home run of his own to round out Milwaukee’s scoring as a team in the win while Lorenzo Cain went 2 for 4 and Christian Yelich added a base hit as well in the victory. Jhoulys Chacin allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out five over three innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Matt Albers got the win to improve to 5-3 on the year while Freddy Peralta picked up his 1st save of the season. Gio Gonzalez will start game one and is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gonzalez is 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 66 strikeouts against the Cubs.
Chicago is 0-5 in Hendricks’ last 5 starts and 6-16 in their last 22 road games while the under is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games overall. Milwaukee is 5-1 in Gonzalez’s last 6 starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 division games. Chicago is 2-5 in Hendricks’ last 7 starts against Milwaukee.
Chicago and a low price could be worth a look here that the Cubs have been in slightly better form since the all-star break. However, the Cubs haven’t had any luck recently with Hendricks on the mound, losing his last five starts despite Hendricks himself allowing two runs in each of his last four starts. Gonzalez is getting his feet back underneath him after a long spell on the IL, but the Brewers seem to win with Gonzalez on the mound, winning five of his last six starts overall, including his first start off of the IL last time up. The fact is that Milwaukee can make a big move in the NL Central if they can pick up a couple of wins in this series and I think that move starts with a win in the opener on Friday.