Chase Anderson (1-5, 6.11 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.03 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (16-22) and the Chicago Cubs (27-9) at Miller Park. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and can be seen on CSCh and FSWI.
Anderson pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Marlins. Chris Carter (.254, 23 Rs, 11 HRs, 26 RBIs) had another good game Sunday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Hendricks went 6.2 innings, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out eight and walking one in a 7-4 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start. Dexter Fowler (.331, 27 Rs, 3 HRs, 19 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run.
Oddsmakers aren't expecting much from the lowly Brewers here in this one, as the powerhouse Cubs are a -180 favorite for this NL Central showdown. The total is lined at 9.
Pick - CHC
The Cubs sit at 15-3 against the division, while the Brewers are 4-8
Milwaukee has won 36% (5-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 89% (16-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cubs managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Brewers who are heading in with a 6-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 14-4. The Cubs have a 22-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 167 this season. Chicago ranks second with 214 runs.
Ranking 11th, Milwaukee is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.745). Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .802.
The Cubs are 12-6 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Brewers are 12-19 when they allow at least one homer.