Jimmy Nelson (4-3, 3.51 ERA) and John Lackey (4-2, 3.54 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (17-22) and the Chicago Cubs (27-10) at Miller Park. The Brewers won the last game 4-2, and Milwaukee leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 18 and can be seen on WGN and FSWI.
Nelson pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking one in a 3-0 defeat to the Padres. Ryan Braun (.364, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 28 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Lackey went 8.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out seven in a 1-0 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start.
The odds for Milwaukee and Chicago are Cubs -180, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Cubs lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs sit at 15-4 against the division, while the Brewers are 5-8
The Brewers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cubs have a 2-3 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
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 14th 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.
When the Brewers hit at least one home run, they are 12-9. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 21-3 record.