In the second of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (68-92) and the Chicago Cubs (95-65) at Miller Park, Tyler Wagner (0-1, 11.74 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (7-7, 4.09 ERA) take the mound. The Cubs won the last game 6-1, extending a six-game winning streak. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 3 and will air on CSCh and FSWI.
In his most recent outing, Wagner pitched 4.0 innings, allowing five runs and walking four in a 5-1 loss to the Cardinals. Khris Davis (.249, 54 Rs, 27 HRs, 66 RBIs, 6 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Cubs were unsuccessful the last time Hendricks pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 1-0 loss to the Royals. Anthony Rizzo (.279, 94 Rs, 31 HRs, 99 RBIs, 17 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Cubs, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the NL Central, the Brewers have a SU record of 31-43.
Against fellow NL Central members, the Cubs are 44-30 SU. They sport the second-ranked offense in the NL, averaging four runs per game. Chicago is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 8.9 hits per contest. The Cubs average 3.5 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL. Chicago's pitching staff has allowed an average of 1.9 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 3.8. They have a WHIP of 1.16 on the year, good for tops in the league. The Chicago pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The Cubs had the upper hand against the Brewers in their previous 17 games this season, earning a 12-5 record. This game will feature Hendricks (RHP) on the mound against the Brewers, who have a 49-72 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Cubs will be the right-hander Wagner. They sport a 76-51 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs's last 10 games.
Chi Cubs are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.
Chi Cubs are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
Chi Cubs are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games when playing Milwaukee.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee.
Chi Cubs are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee.
The Brewers are 31-43 against their divisional rivals, while the Cubs are 44-30 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 38-26, while Milwaukee is 37-38.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Brewers have a 16-40 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 12-71. The Cubs have an 18-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 20th in home runs, Milwaukee has hit 145 this season. Chicago ranks 11th with 171 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.27 per game. Milwaukee ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.58.
Ranking 24th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.706). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .723.
The Cubs are 43-42 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Brewers are 38-67 when they allow at least one homer.