Junior Guerra (2-0, 4.00 ERA) and Jason Hammel (5-0, 1.77 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (17-22) and the Chicago Cubs (27-10) at Miller Park. The Cubs won the last game 2-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 19 and can be seen on CSCh and FSWI.
Guerra pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out four and walking two in a 1-0 win over the Padres. Ryan Braun (.364, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 28 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Hammel went 6.2 innings, surrendering two, striking out eight and walking two in a 9-4 win over the Pirates in his most recent start.
The odds for Milwaukee and Chicago are Cubs -180, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Cubs lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs hold a 15-4 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Brewers have a 5-8 record against the division.
Milwaukee earned its first shutout of the season in its last game. Chicago has been shut out two times this season.
The Brewers didn't score any runs in their last game. The Cubs have a 4-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
It looks like the Brewers have a slight leg up on the Cubs, as the Brewers have won their last two games while the Cubs have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 15-4. The Cubs have a 22-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 171 this season. Chicago ranks second with 216 runs.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 183 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top five at fourth with 160.
The Brewers are 12-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 21-3 when they hit at least one homer.