Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 4/23/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-125) Chicago (+115)
Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs (8-9, 3rd in NL Central) host the Milwaukee Brewers (11-7, 1st in NL Central) at Wrigley Field on Friday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Brewers coming in at -125 and the Cubs are at +115. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Brett Anderson and Kyle Hendricks.
Milwaukee is slugging .364 and have been called out on strikes 198 times, while taking a walk on 62 occasions. They have accrued 76 RBI's and 126 hits for the season, and their team batting average is sitting at .209. The Brewers have recorded 18 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 23 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accumulated 79 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .297. As a team, the Milwaukee Brewers are putting up 4.4 runs per game, which ranks them 14th in baseball.
The Brewers hold a team ERA of 2.71 over the course of the season (3rd in baseball), and their staff has rung up 183 hitters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.00 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.05. Brewers pitchers have yielded 16 home runs in addition to 55 runs in total (1st in the league). They have walked 61 batters and their FIP comes in at 3.46 as a team so far this year.
The Brewers have dispatched 59 relievers to the hill on the year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 15 runners for the season with 20.0% of those players crossed home plate. They have 4 saves on the season and have blown 3 out of their 7 chances to get a save. The Brewers relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 57.1% and has come into the game in 15 save situations. The bullpen have recorded 8 holds this season (16th in baseball). Brewers relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 11 times in addition to having 22 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Brewers have turned 74.0% of baseballs in play into outs in their 1,467 innings on the field, which ranks them 1st in professional baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers have accounted for 489 putouts this season, in addition to 151 assists and 11 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .983 which is 15th in pro baseball, and they have turned 110 double plays.
Anderson has taken the mound for 1,061 innings and has 722 strikeouts so far in his career. His ERA is 4.04 (476 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.329. He has given up 1,130 base hits (9.6 hits per 9 innings) with 280 free passes. Anderson (65-66 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.95 while facing 4,488 opposing batters in the majors.
The Chicago Cubs have accumulated a team OBP of .301 as well as a batting average of .201 this year. They have been called out on strikes on 171 instances (9th in the league) and have a total of 106 base knocks. Chicago has knocked in 23 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 67 runs batted in. The Cubs have a team slugging % of .375 and they are recording 4.12 runs per game (17th in MLB). They have 17 doubles, while taking a walk 63 times and scoring 70 runs.
The Cubs hold a team WHIP of 1.447 and have a FIP of 4.58 as a squad over the course of the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.87 (155 strikeouts vs 83 free passes). They are sitting at 14th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 134. They have conceded 19 dingers and they give up 4.74 runs per 9 innings (17th in baseball). The Chicago pitching staff have yielded 79 runs this season while holding an ERA of 4.68 (78 earned runs yielded).
Chicago has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 6 save chances and they have converted 5 saves. They are ranked 3rd in MLB holding a save percentage of 83.3%, and they have sent 69 relievers to the hill on the campaign. Their relievers have come in 16 times in high leverage situations and on 20 occasions with runners on base. Chicago relievers have an inherited score rate of 29.7% out of 37 inherited runners. Sitting with 19 save situations, the Cubs have amassed 12 holds and 1 blown save.
Out of their 1,350 innings on the field, the Cubs have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 70.1% (14th in professional baseball). The Chicago Cubs have turned 15 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .992 (3rd in professional baseball). The Cubs have accrued 167 assists, 5 errors and have earned a total of 450 putouts for the year.
During his MLB career, Hendricks has allowed 946 base hits while he has earned 894 strikeouts in 1,060 innings pitched. Hendricks (69-50 win-loss mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.17 earned run average while allowing 8.0 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 373 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.112 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.6. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.84 and he has gone up against 4,294 opposing batters in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+115)
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