Kyle Lohse (1-4, 7.01 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (9-21) go up against Travis Wood (2-1, 4.40 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (15-13) in the second of a three-game division series at Miller Park. The Cubs won the last game 7-6 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 9 and will air on CSN-CHI and FSN-WI.
Lohse is 7-7 with a 4.88 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 28 walks against the Cubs in his career. Adam Lind (.340, 13 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. In his pitching opportunities against the Brewers, Wood is 4-4 with a 4.55 ERA. He gets a less-than-stellar Milwaukee offense that's batting just .226. Anthony Rizzo (.330, 23 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Cubs, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Milwaukee is a small -107 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Brewers perform poorly as a favorite with a 2-8 record and have an overall money line of -1,024. They have struggled as the favorite over their last 10 games, going 0-1. The most recent 10-game stretch for the Brewers has gone great. Over that span, Milwaukee is averaging 4.3 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.4. Milwaukee's pitchers are doing better against opposing batters during divisional games, only allowing an average of 4.7 runs per game, well under their season average of 5.2.
Moving on to the away team, the Cubs come into this game with a win percentage of .538 when playing as the underdog (7-6) and an overall money line of -74. Against divisional foes, they are 11-10 SU and 5-5 as the underdog. The Cubs are the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL when playing on the road, averaging five runs per game so far. One of the top road hitting teams in the NL are the Cubs, who average 9.3 hits in games away from home. The Cubs have racked up 29 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they allow just 2.1 walks per game, second-best in the NL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the NL with an average of 8.6 strikeouts per game.
The right-handed Lohse will take the mound against the Cubs, who have a 12-10 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
The Brewers are struggling at 7-16 in their division, while the Cubs are 12-10.
For the sixth time this season, the Brewers registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Cubs play into extra innings, they have a 4-0 record. The Brewers are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Cubs managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Brewers who are heading in with a 1-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 5-2. The Cubs have a 9-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 104 this season. Chicago ranks 18th with 121 runs.
Ranking 25th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 69 this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 97.
The Brewers are 8-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 11-3 when they hit at least one homer.