Jake Arrieta (4-0, 0.87 ERA) starts for the Chicago Cubs (15-5) after throwing a no-hitter in his previous start. They will square off against Taylor Jungmann (0-3, 8.47 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (8-12) in the second of a two-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 4-3, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 28 and can be seen on CSCh and FSWI.
Arrieta pitched 9.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking four in a 16-0 win over the Reds. Anthony Rizzo (.205, 14 Rs, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Tuesday with one RBI. Jungmann went 4.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking six in an 8-1 defeat to the Twins in his last outing. Ryan Braun (.373, 12 Rs, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 1 Tuesday with two RBIs.
The odds for Chicago and Milwaukee are Cubs -350, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable.
The Cubs have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs hold a 9-2 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Brewers have a 2-5 record against the division.
Milwaukee has won 50% (4-4) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won all of its games (11-0) when taking a late lead.
The Brewers managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cubs who are heading in with a 7-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs and the Brewers are both undefeated. Chicago has a 13-0 record in these situations while Milwaukee is 7-0.
Ranking 20th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 79 this season. Chicago ranks second with 123 runs.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 103 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 75.
The Cubs are 12-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Brewers are 6-4 when they hit at least one homer.