Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/15/2020
Game: Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Brewers (+105) Cubs (-115)
Ben Gamel and the Milwaukee Brewers (7-10, 3rd in NL Central) travel to Wrigley Field on Saturday where they'll meet the Chicago Cubs (13-3, 1st in NL Central). The moneyline on this contest has the Brewers coming in at +105 and the Cubs are at -115. The total has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Adrian Houser and Alec Mills.
Key Milwaukee Brewers Injuries
8/13/2020 Ray Black RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/13/2020 Justin Grimm RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
8/14/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/14/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
8/13/2020 Kris Bryant 3B Wrist Probable for Aug 14
8/12/2020 Jose Quintana SP Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
7/23/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Brewers have a 7-10 overall record this season. Houser has thrown 144 innings and has 138 K's so far in his career. His ERA is 3.50 (56 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.243. He has conceded 127 base knocks (7.9 hits per nine innings) with 52 walks. Houser (7-8 career mark) sits with a FIP of 3.98 and he has gone up against 594 opposing hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.43 and they have given up 56 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .177 against the bullpen and they've struck out 96 hitters and walked 31 batters. As a team, Milwaukee allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.23. The Brewers pitchers collectively have given up 131 base hits and 71 earned runs. They have allowed 25 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Milwaukee as a pitching staff has walked 62 batters and struck out 177. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 4.42.
As a team Milwaukee is hitting .215, good for 28th in the league. The Brewers hold a .359 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .299, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.1 hits per game. Ben Gamel is hitting .167 with an on-base percentage of .216. He has 8 hits this season in 48 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .375 and an OPS+ of 56. Eric Sogard is hitting .191 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 9 hits and he has driven in 3 men in 47 at bats. His OPS+ is 62 while his slugging percentage is at .234. The Brewers have 121 hits, including 23 doubles and 18 home runs. Milwaukee has walked 56 times so far this season and they have struck out 176 times as a unit. They have left 110 men on base and have a team OPS of .658. They score 3.76 runs per contest and have scored a total of 64 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 13-3 overall mark this year. During his career, Mills has given up 50 hits while he has totaled 76 strikeouts in 70 innings. He has surrendered 26 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.113 and a FIP of 3.9. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.71 and he has faced 290 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. Mills (3-1 career record) has a 3.34 ERA and has allowed 6.4 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.47 and they have given up 45 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .205 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 48 batters and walked 29 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.88. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 112 base knocks and 62 earned runs this season. They have given up 17 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 48 hitters and struck out 134 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.11 while their FIP as a staff is 3.94.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 13th in the league. The Cubs hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .344, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Javier Baez comes into this matchup batting .238 with an OBP of .279. He has 15 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 63 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .429 with an OPS+ of 90. Jason Heyward is hitting .250 this season and he has an OBP of .320. He has collected 11 hits in 44 at bats while driving in 11 runs. He has an OPS+ of 98 and a slugging percentage of .409. The Cubs as a unit have 128 base hits, including 27 doubles and 23 homers. Chicago has walked 65 times this year and they have struck out on 160 occasions. They have had 112 men left on base and have an OPS of .776. They have scored 5.19 runs per game and totaled 83 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Brewers/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Brewers (+105)
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