Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 8/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Monday, August 9, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-192) Chicago (+145)
Wrigley Field is the site where Alec Mills and the Chicago Cubs (52-60, 4th in NL Central) will take on the Milwaukee Brewers (66-45, 1st in NL Central) on Monday. The Brewers open this game at -192 while the Cubs are coming in at +145. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Alec Bettinger and Alec Mills.
Milwaukee is slugging .389 and have struck out 1,051 times, while drawing a walk on 416 occasions. They have accumulated 480 runs batted in as well as 834 hits on the campaign, and their batting average sits at .227. The Brewers have hit 163 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 134 baseballs out of the park. They have earned 502 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .315. As a unit, the Milwaukee Brewers are notching 4.5 runs per contest, which is 14th in MLB.
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Brewers pitchers have given up 110 long balls in addition to 413 total runs (2nd in baseball). They have walked 380 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 3.68 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.93 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.17. The Brewers have compiled a team ERA of 3.33 on the season (2nd in MLB), and their staff has rung up 1,112 hitters.
The Brewers relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 57.1% and has entered the game in 107 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 94 runners on the year and 35.1% of them crossed home plate. Brewers bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 71 times in addition to having 139 appearances in high leverage situations. The Brewers have dispatched 359 relievers to the hill so far this season. The bullpen have racked up 57 holds on the year (14th in the league). They have earned 28 saves this season and have missed out on 21 out of their 49 save opportunities.
The Milwaukee Brewers have accounted for 2,982 putouts so far this season, in addition to 928 assists and 66 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .983 which ranks 20th in professional baseball, and have a total of 700 double plays. The Brewers have turned 71.3% of balls in play into outs out of 8,946 innings on the field, which ranks them 4th in MLB.
Bettinger has taken the ball for 10 innings and is sitting with 5 strikeouts thus far in his career. Bettinger (0-1 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 7.26 while he has gone up against 51 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 13.50 (15 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 2.100. He has given up 18 base knocks (16.2 hits per 9 innings) and has had 3 walks.
Chicago has hit 141 home runs on the year as well as 447 runs batted in. They have hit 151 doubles, while getting a free base 351 times as well as recording 471 runs. The Chicago Cubs have an on-base percentage of .305 and a batting average of .227 this season. The Cubs hold a team slugging percentage of .395 and they score 4.21 runs per game (20th in the league). They have struck out on 1,078 occasions (2nd in MLB) and have earned 829 hits.
The Chicago pitching staff have allowed 515 runs over the course of the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.27 (466 earned runs yielded). They have given up 151 long balls and they allow 4.72 runs per 9 innings (16th in baseball). The Cubs hold a team WHIP of 1.354 with a FIP of 4.67 as a team over the course of the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.32 (967 strikeouts against 417 bases on balls). They are sitting at 17th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 911.
Chicago has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 38 save chances and they have earned 29 saves. They rank 1st in the league with a save rate of 76.3%, and they have dispatched 411 relievers to the hill on the season. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 116 times in high leverage situations and also on 114 occasions with runners on base. Chicago bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 29.1% out of their 182 inherited runners. With 101 save situations, the Cubs have tallied 62 holds and 9 blown saves.
Out of their 8,832 innings played, the Cubs hold a defensive efficiency of 69.9% (11th in pro baseball). The Chicago Cubs have turned 94 double plays and have a fielding rate of .985 (10th in professional baseball). The Cubs have recorded 1,090 assists, 61 errors and have amassed 2,944 putouts over the course of the season.
Thus far in his career, Mills has allowed 176 base knocks while totaling 165 punch outs in 189 innings. He has allowed 89 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.270 and a FIP of 4.5. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.58 and he has gone up against 798 opposing batters in his career. Mills (11-10 career record) has a 4.24 earned run average while allowing 8.4 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-192)
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