Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/14/2020
Game: Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Brewers (-115) Cubs (+105)
Eric Sogard and the Milwaukee Brewers (7-9, 3rd in NL Central) travel to Wrigley Field on Friday where they'll take on the Chicago Cubs (12-3, 1st in NL Central). The Cubs open this matchup at +105 while the Brewers are coming in at -115. The total has been set at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Brandon Woodruff and Tyler Chatwood.
Key Milwaukee Brewers Injuries
8/12/2020 Ray Black RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/12/2020 Justin Grimm RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/4/2020 Angel Perdomo RP Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
8/12/2020 Jose Quintana SP Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
8/12/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
8/12/2020 Kyle Schwarber LF Knee Probable for Aug 13
8/12/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
7/23/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Brewers have a 7-9 overall record this season. Woodruff (17-7 career win-loss mark) holds a FIP of 3.37 while going up against 936 opposing batters in the majors. His ERA is 3.75 (95 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.171. He has allowed 204 base knocks (8.0 hits per nine innings) and has had 63 free passes. Woodruff has taken the ball for 228 innings and has tallied 248 K's during his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.36 and they have given up 54 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .179 against the bullpen and they've struck out 91 hitters and walked 28 batters. As a team, Milwaukee allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Brewers pitchers collectively have given up 124 base hits and 67 earned runs. They have allowed 24 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Milwaukee as a pitching staff has walked 57 batters and struck out 167. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 4.40.
As a team Milwaukee is hitting .220, good for 24th in the league. The Brewers hold a .365 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.3 hits per game. Eric Sogard is hitting .209 with an on-base percentage of .370. He has 9 hits this season in 43 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .256 and an OPS+ of 77. Ben Gamel is hitting .174 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .208. He has totaled 8 hits and he has driven in 7 men in 46 at bats. His OPS+ is 59 while his slugging percentage is at .391. The Brewers have 117 hits, including 22 doubles and 17 home runs. Milwaukee has walked 54 times so far this season and they have struck out 165 times as a unit. They have left 106 men on base and have a team OPS of .668. They score 3.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 62 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
In his pro baseball career, Chatwood has allowed 836 base hits while he has tallied 620 strikeouts in 843 innings pitched. He has allowed 412 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.509 and having a FIP of 4.7. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.42 and he has gone up against 3,679 batters so far in his pro baseball career. Chatwood (51-56 win-loss mark in his career) has a 4.40 earned run average while allowing 8.9 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.56 and they have given up 42 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .198 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 48 batters and walked 29 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 4. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 108 base knocks and 60 earned runs this season. They have given up 16 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 46 hitters and struck out 123 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.14 while their FIP as a staff is 3.99.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 12th in the league. The Cubs hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .343, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Jason Heyward comes into this matchup batting .256 with an OBP of .313. He has 11 hits this year along with 11 RBI in 43 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .419 with an OPS+ of 99. Javier Baez is hitting .254 this season and he has an OBP of .297. He has collected 15 hits in 59 at bats while driving in 9 runs. He has an OPS+ of 104 and a slugging percentage of .458. The Cubs as a unit have 121 base hits, including 25 doubles and 22 homers. Chicago has walked 60 times this year and they have struck out on 150 occasions. They have had 105 men left on base and have an OPS of .775. They have scored 5.27 runs per game and totaled 79 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Brewers/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs (+105)
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