Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/25/2014
Saturday, April 26, 7:10 PM on WGN, FSWI
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chicago Cubs - Wood, T (1-2) vs. Milwaukee Brewers - Estrada, M (1-1)
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Saturday night, the Chicago Cubs will send Travis Wood to the mound to face Marco Estrada and the Milwaukee Brewers. It will be the 5 starts of the season for both pitchers.
Travis Wood got his first victory of the season after allowing a run on 6 hits in 7 innings in his last start. Wood didn’t issue a single walk as he struck out 9. The win brought Wood’s record up to 1 – 2 with a 2.52 ERA. Last season, Wood was 9 – 12 with a 3.11 ERA in 32 starts.
In 2013, Wood didn’t get the decision in his lone start against the Brewers. He allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in 6.1 innings. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun has torched Wood in the past. Braun has a career .368 average with 4 doubles, a homer and 5 RBIs when facing Wood.
Marco Estrada didn’t get the decision despite a solid 6 inning effort where he allowed a run on 6 hits without issuing a walk while striking out 4. The one run came on a solo homer and that was the only real blemish on the box score for Estrada. Overall, Estrada is 1 – 1 with a 2.66 ERA. Last season, Estrada went 7 - 4 with an ERA of 3.87 in 21 starts.
In 2013, Estrada went 2 – 0 with an ERA of 3.60 in 3 starts against the Cubs. Chicago hitters are only batting .188 against Estrada but Starlin Castro could be an issue. Castro is batting .389 with 2 doubles, a triple and 2 RBIs against Estrada.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 11-8-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.4
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
Milwaukee Brewers are 7-15-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Milwaukee Brewers is 1
Injuries to Watch
04/24/14 CF Justin Ruggiano Hamstring 15-day DL
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Jake Arrieta Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
04/23/14 C Martin Maldonado Suspension expected to miss the next 3 games
04/21/14 LF Logan Schafer Hamstring 15-day DL (4/18)
03/31/14 P Tom Gorzel Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
Josh's Pick: Take Milwaukee
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