Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The Chicago Cubs look to make it three in a row over their division and regional rivals, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs are -120 favorites over the Brewers with an over/under total set at 8 runs.
It wasn’t looking good for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday but they hung in and scored late to get it to extra innings where they won it in the 10th inning. Geovany Soto and Aramis Ramirez both homered and Starlin Castro had three hits as the Cubs turned eight hits into five runs and a win. On the mound Randy Wells allowed eight hits and three runs over six innings of work to not factor in the decision as it was Jeff Samardzjia who got his fifth win of the season after pitching the 10th. For game three of this series Chicago starts Carlos Zambrano who had his worst outing of the year in his last start. For the season Zambrano has allowed 85 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 61 in 90 innings of work.
The Milwaukee brewers had a chance to take sole possession of first place in the National League Central but they late it slip away late on Tuesday. Rickie Weeks had three hits and Nyjer Morgan, Casey McGehee, and Yuniesky Betancourt all had two hits as 11 hits amounted to just four runs. Starter Yovanni Gallardo allowed just three hits and a run while striking out 10 through seven innings but Marco Estrada was shelled in relief allowing three hits and three runs retiring just one batter to blow the save and Tim Dillard took the loss allowing the run to score in the 10th. For Wednesday’s game Milwaukee starts Chris Narveson who is coming off of an eight inning shutout performance. For the season Narveson has allowed 72 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 65 in 73 innings on the mound.
Chicago is 6-16 in their last 22 game three of a series, 5-13 in their last 18 against the NL Central, and 2-5 in Zambrano’s last seven starts. Milwaukee is 10-2 in their last 12 games following a loss, 22-10 in their last 32 games overall, and 1-6 in Narveson’s last seven road starts. Chicago is 2-7 in Zambrano’s last seven home starts against Milwaukee.
The Cubs had to battle on Tuesday but I think they take it wire to wire on Wednesday. Take the Cubs minus the 120.
Chicago Cubs -120 Milwaukee Brewers