Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 4.00 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (3-1, 3.46 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (14-5) and the Milwaukee Brewers (8-11) at Wrigley Field. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 26 and can be seen on CSCh and FSWI.
Hendricks pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking two in a 5-3 defeat to the Cardinals. Dexter Fowler (.385, 17 Rs, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game Sunday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one RBI, and one stolen base. Nelson went 6.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking one in a 10-5 win over the Twins in his last outing. Ryan Braun (.364, 12 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Brewers, going 2 for 4 Sunday with two runs, one home run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
The Chicago Cubs have a higher run differential (+68) than three NL teams have runs (Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta) and six AL teams (Tampa Bay, New York, Chicago, Minnesota, Oakland, Los Angeles). Their lines are completely out of control most nights and Hendricks is an enormous favorite for this Tuesday night contest between NL Central rivals.
Pick: Chicago Cubs
The Cubs hold an 8-2 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Brewers have a 2-4 record against the division.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 10-0, while Milwaukee is 4-3.
The Brewers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Cubs have a record of 7-1 when they are struck out that many times or more.
Neither the Cubs (12-0) nor the Brewers (7-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Chicago has earned 119 this season. Milwaukee ranks 14th with 76 runs.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Milwaukee has an OPS of .000 this season. Chicago ranks eighth with an OPS of .794.
The Brewers are 7-10 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 5-3 when they allow at least one homer.