Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/15/2014
Friday, May 16, 2:20 PM on FSWI, WGN
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Milwaukee Brewers - Lohse, K (4-1) vs. Chicago Cubs - Samardzija, J (0-3)
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The Milwaukee Brewers will travel to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs in the first of a three game series. The Brewers will send Kyle Lohse to the mound to face the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija.
Lohse allowed three runs over six innings in his last outing against the New York Yankees. It was his third no decision in a row after running off four straight wins in early April. He still holds a 4-1 record with a 2.75 ERA and is playing well for the first place Brewers. He’ll look to get back in the win column when he faces the Cubs on Friday
Current Cubs hitters hold a .277 batting average against Lohse. Anthony Rizzo has played especially well against Lohse going 8-for-17 with two doubles. Junior Lake has also fared well hitting .500 against Lohse in his eight at bats with a home run and four RBIs.
Samardzija easily has the worst luck in the majors holding a 0-3 record with a 1.45 ERA which puts him at second in the National League. He hasn’t had a win in 14 starts going back to last season. In his last outing, Samardzija pitched six scoreless innings only giving up two hits and a walk as the Cubs once again fell by a score of 2-0 to the Atlanta Braves. Samardzija currently has a 15 inning scoreless streak with only five hits allowed over that period.
Samardzija will have to be careful of Ryan Braun who is 7-for-16 in his career against Samardzija with a double, two home runs, and five RBI. He has shut down Jonathan Lucroy who only has one hit in 15 at bats against Samardzija with seven strikeouts.
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
Milwaukee Brewers are 18-20-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Milwaukee Brewers is 0.4
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 18-17-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
05/13/14 3B Aramis Ramirez Hamstring 15-day DL (5/11)
05/13/14 CF Carlos Gomez Back questionable
05/02/14 P Jim Henderson Shoulder 15-day DL (5/2)
03/31/14 P Tom Gorzelanny Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
05/07/14 P Pedro Strop Groin 15-day DL (5/7)
05/03/14 CF Ryan Sweeney Hamstring 15-day DL (5/3)
04/27/14 P Jose Veras Oblique 15-day DL (4/25)
04/24/14 CF Justin Ruggiano Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Milwaukee
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