National League Central Division rivals that are trying to find some traction in the MLB betting season duke it out at Miller Park on Wednesday night as the Chicago Cubs face off with the Milwaukee Brewers. Last night, Milwaukee captured a 3-2 victory in a great pitcher's duel between RHP Yovani Gallardo and LHP Ted Lilly, snapping Chicago's three game winning streak in this series.
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"Big Z" is back, but if he continues pitching as poorly as he did in his first start back from bullpen relegation, RHP Carlos Zambrano won't be in the Chicago rotation for much longer. The right hander only lasted 4.1 innings in his first start since April 20th, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks in a 3-1 defeat in Houston. Zambrano's numbers are simply woeful this year, as he is just 1-4 with a 6.14 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting .316 against him, which leaves his WHIP at a miserable 1.75. Against the Brew Crew in his career, "Big Z" is 10-8 with a 3.82 ERA, and he has 164 strikeouts and 165.0 frames.
Will the good Randy Wolf or the bad Randy Wolf show up on Wednesday night? The bad one has reared his ugly head in three of his L/5 starts, as he has allowed at least five in each of those downer efforts. However, in the two good ones (home vs. Houston and home vs. New York), Wolf only allowed a total of nine hits and two runs over 12.0 innings of work. Walks have become a major issue for the veteran, as he has issued 37 free passes, an average of just over three per start. There's a reason that his WHIP is 1.58 when opposing batters are only hitting .279 against him. Plus, Wolf is allowing far too many home runs (10) and not getting nearly enough free outs via the 'K' (48) to warrant all of those walks. Wolf is just 4-5 on the season and is only 5-7 in 17 career starts against the Cubs.
This game is a tossup and rightfully so. The Brewers have played simply terrible ball in front of their hometown faithful all season long, but perhaps that victory against the Cubbies last night was just the shot in the arm that they needed to turn things around. We tend to believe that Milwaukee is going to inch closer to the .500 mark at home for the rest of the season, so we'll back the Brewers tonight.
Selection: Milwaukee Brewers -110 at Sportsbook.com
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