Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 4/7/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-145) Chicago (+125)
Wrigley Field is the location where the Chicago Cubs (71-91 last year) will attempt to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers (95-67 last season) on Thursday. The moneyline on this game has Milwaukee at -145 and Chicago is priced at +125. The total is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Corbin Burnes and Kyle Hendricks.
As a squad, the Milwaukee Brewers scored 4.6 runs per game, which had them at 12th in the league. They had 738 runs scored and held an on-base percentage of .317. The Brewers accounted for 255 two-baggers as a squad and hit 194 baseballs out of the park. They recorded 700 runs batted in and 1,251 hits for the prior year, and their average at the plate was .233. Milwaukee had a slugging percentage of .396 and struck out 1,465 times, while drawing a walk on 586 occasions.
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Brewers pitchers gave up 168 long balls in addition to 623 runs (3rd in baseball). They walked 537 players from the other team and their FIP came in at 3.72 as a unit during the previous year. Their K/BB ratio was 3.01 and the pitching staff recorded a WHIP of 1.18. The Brewers finished with a team earned run average of 3.50 over the course of last year (3rd in the league), and the staff rung up 1,618 hitters.
The Brewers had sent 533 relief pitchers to the mound in the previous season. The bullpen inherited 152 base runners during the previous year with 35.5% of them ended up scoring. They had 44 saves last year and did not convert 29 of 73 save opportunities. The Brewers bullpen had a save percentage of 60.3% and entered the game in 155 save situations. The relief pitchers had 80 holds last year (14th in baseball). Brewers relief pitchers stepped onto the hill with runners on 105 times as well as having 188 outings in high leverage situations.
The Milwaukee Brewers accumulated 4,308 putouts over the course of the prior season, as well as 1,331 assists and 94 errors. Their fielding percentage finished at .984 which had them sitting 22nd in the majors, and accumulated 102 double plays. The Brewers converted 70.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 12,924 innings, which ranked them 4th in pro baseball.
Burnes has thrown 313 innings and has tallied 427 strikeouts in his career. Burnes (23-11 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 2.67 and he has gone up against 1,284 opposing hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.39 (118 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.103. He has conceded 257 hits (7.4 hits per nine innings) and has 89 free passes.
The Chicago Cubs tallied a team OBP of .312 as well as a batting average of .237 last season. They struck out on 1,596 occasions (1st in baseball) and tallied 1,255 base hits. Chicago had a total of 210 home runs for the previous season in addition to 672 runs batted in. The Cubs held a team slugging percentage of .407 and they tallied 4.35 runs per game (21st in baseball). They hit 225 two-baggers, while taking a walk 502 times as well as scoring 705 runs.
The Cubs had a WHIP of 1.403 with a FIP of 4.88 as a unit over the course of last season. They ranked 23rd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 1,386. The Chicago pitching staff allowed 839 runs over the course of last year while having an ERA of 4.88 (765 earned runs allowed). They earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.28 (1,358 strikeouts vs 596 bases on balls). They allowed 235 long balls and they allowed 5.35 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball).
Chicago bullpen pitchers held an inherited score rate of 36.3% out of their 278 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers took the field 175 times in high leverage situations in addition to 169 occasions with base runners. Finishing with 136 save situations, the Cubs earned 75 holds and also 19 blown saves. They ranked 2nd in the league with a save rate of 67.8%, and they dispatched 599 relievers to the hill last season. Chicago had bullpen pitchers enter the contest in 59 save opportunities and they came away with 40 saves.
In 12,714 innings played, the Cubs had a defensive efficiency of 69.1% (20th in professional baseball). The Chicago Cubs turned 149 double plays and held a fielding percentage of .985 (15th in professional baseball). The Cubs recorded 1,554 assists, 87 errors and accounted for 4,238 putouts for the previous season.
Thus far in his career, Hendricks has allowed 1,131 hits while accumulating 1,013 strikeouts in 1,228 frames. He has conceded a total of 459 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.141 and a FIP of 3.7. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.75 and he has faced 5,017 batters in his pro baseball career. Hendricks (83-55 career mark) has a 3.36 ERA while giving up 8.3 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+125)
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