Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Friday August 30, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -150 / Milwaukee Brewers +125
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs meet in game one of their three game NL Central division set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Friday night.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to build some momentum after avoiding the sweep at the hands of St. Louis with a 4-1 win in Wednesday’s series finale. Keston Hiura went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs while Orlando Arcia added an RBI as well to round out Milwaukee’s scoring as a team in the victory. Trent Grisham went 2 for 4 with a double while Ryan Braun added a double of his own and Christian Yelich added a base hit as well to cap off Milwaukee’s offense as the Brewers had just six hits as a team in the victory. Jordan Lyles got the win to improve to 9-8 on the year after allowing one run on six hits while striking out nine over 5.1 innings of work. Josh Hader closed out the final two innings for his 26th save of the season. Chase Anderson will start game one and is 6-3 with a 4.34 ERA and 104 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 5-4 with a 2.79 ERA and 52 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to keep their ball rolling after sweeping the Mets, following a 4-1 win in Thursday’s series finale. Victor Caratini went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and all four of Chicago’s RBIs in the win. Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Addison Russell each added a hit to cap off the Cubbies’ offense as the Cubs cranked out just six hits as a team in the winning effort. Lester got the win to improve to 11-9 on the year after allowing one run on five hits while walking three and striking out four over six innings of work. Craig Kimbrel closed out the 9th for his 13th save of the season. Jose Quintana will start game one and is 11-8 with a 4.05 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. In his career, Quintana is 7-4 with a 2.82 ERA and 84 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 1-4 in Anderson’s last 5 road starts and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Chicago is 8-2 in Quintana’s last 10 starts and 6-0 in Quintana’s last 6 division starts while the over is 6-2-2 in their last 10 home games. Milwaukee is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
The plus money is tempting with Milwaukee as the Brewers are in dire need of wins and these games mean more with Chicago holding onto the second wild card spot and being that the team that the Brewers are chasing right now. However, the Cubs are coming off of that impressive road sweep against the Mets and while Quintana struggled last time out, Anderson allowed ten runs in less than three full innings in his last start on the road. I’ll lay the juice with the hotter team in Chicago since the price isn’t too bad.