Chicago Cubs (81-56) at Milwaukee Brewers (78-61)
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 4, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -115 / Chicago Cubs -105 --- Over/Under: 9
The Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in game two of their three game NL Central division set from Miller Park in MLB action on Tuesday.
The Chicago Cubs will look to bounce back after dropping the series opener on Monday by a final score of 4-3. Anthony Rizzo led the Cubs, going 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs while Javier Baez, Addison Russell and Victor Caratini each had a base hit to cap off Chicago’s offense in the losing effort. Cole Hamels gave up two runs on five hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Steve Cishek ended up with the loss, falling to 4-3 this season. Mike Montgomery will start game two and is 4-4 with a 3.82 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. In his career, Montgomery is 1-6 with a 5.24 ERA and 36 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to win the series and push for the sweep on Wednesday after their victory in the series opener. Christian Yelich led the Brew Crew with two RBIs while Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas each added an RBI to round out Milwaukee’s scoring in the win. Jesus Aguilar added a double while Curtis Granderson, Orlando Arcia and Hernan Perez each contributed a base hit to cap off Milwaukee’s offense in the win. Zach Davies allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while Jeremy Jeffress got the win to improve to 8-1 this season. Wade Miley will start game two and is 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. In his career, Miley is 4-2 with a 4.47 ERA and 45 strikeouts against the Cubs.
Chicago is 0-5 in Montgomery’s last 5 division starts and 10-3 in their last 13 games overall while the under is 11-3 in their last 14 road games. Milwaukee is 5-2 in Miley’s last 7 starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 home games. Chicago is 0-5 in Montgomery’s last 5 starts against Milwaukee.
Going against the Cubs with a low line is a rare situation, but Montgomery has had barely any luck against the Brewers in his career, and if we’re being honest, the Brewers probably need this series more than the Cubs do. Furthermore, Miley has allowed no more than three runs in any of his 11 starts this season and has given up two runs or less in 10 of those 11 starts. I’ll side with Milwaukee to get another win and push for the sweep on Wednesday.