In the second of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (13-8) and the Milwaukee Brewers (13-8) at Wrigley Field, Jake Arrieta (3-1, 2.02 ERA) and Mike Fiers (0-3, 5.79 ERA) get the start. The Cubs won the last game 1-0 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 2 and will air on FSN-WI and CSN-CHI.
Arrieta is 2-2 with a 2.59 ERA against the Brewers in his career, and is up against a less-than-stellar Milwaukee offense that's hitting just .224 on the year. Anthony Rizzo (.324, 16 Rs, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Cubs, Fiers is 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA, 27 strikeouts and five walks.
Chicago is a considerable -180 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is currently unavailable. When playing as the favorite, the Cubs have a 6-5 record and overall money line at +327. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 9-5 and a 5-3 record when they were the favorite. The Cubs have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking second in all of baseball with 25 steals. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Chicago pitching staff and defense has been very good, only giving up 3.9 runs per game. The Cubs don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.12 WHIP. An area where the Cubs are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 9.1 K's per game.
On the other side, the Brewers have a subpar record of 3-10 when they are the underdog and are -1,292 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 2-5 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 3-7. Milwaukee has been playing better lately, averaging 4.1 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.2.
So far this season, the Cubs are 1-0 against the Brewers. This game will feature Fiers (RHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 10-6 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Brewers will be the right-hander Arrieta. They sport a 5-14 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs hold a 10-5 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Brewers have a 5-15 record against the division.
Chicago won its last game in a shutout, its fourth of the season. Milwaukee has been shut out four times this season.
The Cubs are 4-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Brewers are 0-1 in such matchups.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Brewers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cubs have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 3-2. The Cubs have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 71 this season. Chicago ranks 17th with 90 runs.
Ranking 28th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 44 this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 74.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 9-1. When the Brewers hit at least one homer, they have a 4-5 record.