Heading into game two of this NL Central matchup, it will be Justin Steele on the mound for the Cubs (69-62, 35-31 home), facing off against the Brewers (74-57, 36-30 away) and Corbin Burnes. Find out my prediction for today’s Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs game in Chicago.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS VS CHICAGO CUBS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -134
This game will be played at Wrigley Field at 8:05 ET on Tuesday, August 29th.
WHY BET THE CHICAGO CUBS:
- In their previous five games, the Cubs have a record of 3-2.
- The Cubs are 6-4 straight-up in their ten most recent games as the favorite.
- Across Justin Steele’s 24 starts, the Cubs have put together a record of 17-7.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS ON A RUNLINE WIN STREAK
131 games into their season, the Brewers are 1st in the NL Central on an overall record of 74-57. Against other teams in the NL Central, Milwaukee is 25-12 while their overall series win percent sits at 56%. At home, the Brewers are 38-27 and 36-30 on the road.
Today marks Corbin Burnes’ 27th outing of the season, and he holds a 9-6 record. His ERA is 3.65, while his OBP allowed is .268. Burnes has fanned 160 batters and his WHIP stands at 1.08. On the road, his ERA is 3.35 compared to 4.87 when pitching at home.
In Corbin Burnes’ most recent start, the Brewers emerged victorious in a 8-7 win over the Twins. Despite giving up six runs in six innings, Burnes limited Minnesota to eight hits and was not charged with a decision.
Across their last five games, the Brewers’ offense is 5th in batting average, leading to an average of 7.2 runs per contest in that span. Overall, they are the 17th ranked scoring offense and posted a season-long OPS of .696 on 138 (20th). On average, they have struckout 8 times per game compard to 3.6 walks.
William Contreras has been the Brewers’ most prolific home run hitter this season, with 14 round-trippers in 2023. The catcher has been on a hot streak lately, leading the team with one homer over their last five games. His batting average stands at .279 for the season.
WILL THE CHICAGO CUBS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
This season, the Cubs have played a total of 41 series and are above .500 at 23-13-5. On the road, Chicago is 34-31 and 35-31 at home. Their overall record of 69-62 has the Cubs sitting 2nd in the NL Central.
Justin Steele will take the mound for the Cubs with a 14-3 record. In 24 appearances, he has an ERA of 2.80 and a batting average against of .243. Steele has racked up 133 strikeouts while allowing 30 walks, resulting in a WHIP of 1.17 and a SLG allowed of .363.
Justin Steele recently put together a quality start, going six innings and giving up three runs on six hits. Although he was not credited with the win, his efforts helped the team to a 5-4 victory against the Pirates.
Having gone deep 11 times in their last ten games, the Cubs are 10th in that span. At 5.1 runs per game, Chicago is 5th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .253 while hitting a total of 158 home runs (14th).
Seiya Suzuki has been a key contributor to the Chicago offense this season, boasting a .267 batting average and .439 slugging percentage. In the team’s last ten games, he has been particularly impressive, leading the way with hits and batting an impressive .393.