Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 4/8/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-150) Chicago (+130)
Wrigley Field is the site where the Chicago Cubs (71-91 last year) will meet the Milwaukee Brewers (95-67 last season) on Friday. The moneyline on this contest has the Brewers at -150 while the Cubs are opening at +130. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Brandon Woodruff and Justin Steele.
The Brewers accounted for 255 two-baggers as a unit and hit 194 baseballs out of the park. Milwaukee had a slugging rate of .396 and struck out 1,465 times, while being walked on 586 occasions. As a squad, the Milwaukee Brewers notched 4.6 runs per outing, which was 12th in the league. They had 700 runs batted in as well as 1,251 base knocks last season, and their team batting average was at .233. They had 738 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .317.
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Brewers pitchers surrendered 168 long balls and also 623 total runs (3rd in baseball). They walked 537 batters and their FIP was 3.72 as a team over the course of last season. They earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.01 and their pitching staff earned a collective WHIP of 1.18. The Brewers had an ERA of 3.50 for the prior year (3rd in the league), and the staff rung up 1,618 hitters.
The Brewers relief pitchers had a save rate of 60.3% and came into the game in 155 save situations. The relievers inherited 152 runners last season and 35.5% of those runners crossed the plate. Brewers bullpen pitchers went to the mound with runners on base 105 times and also had 188 outings in high leverage situations. The Brewers dispatched 533 relievers to the hill last season. The relievers accumulated 80 holds in the prior season (14th in MLB). They earned 44 saves during the previous year and blew 29 of 73 save opportunities.
The Brewers transformed 70.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of 12,924 innings, which had them ranked 4th in baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers had a tally of 4,308 putouts last year, as well as 1,331 assists and 94 errors. Their fielding rate held steady at .984 which was 22nd in professional baseball, and they twisted 102 double plays.
Woodruff has taken the ball for 460 frames and has 524 K's in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.23 (165 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.070. He has surrendered 373 base knocks (7.3 hits per 9 innings) and has 119 walks. Woodruff (28-21 mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.17 and he has gone up against 1,854 hitters in the major leagues.
The Chicago Cubs accounted for a team on-base percentage of .312 as well as a team batting average of .237 last season. They were rung up on 1,596 occasions (1st in MLB) and tallied 1,255 hits. Chicago accumulated 210 home runs over the course of the prior season in addition to 672 runs batted in. The Cubs held a slugging % of .407 and they tallied 4.35 runs per outing (21st in baseball). They notched 225 doubles, while getting a free base 502 times and scoring 705 runs.
The Chicago pitching staff yielded 839 runs over the course of the prior season while having an ERA of 4.88 (765 earned runs yielded). They surrendered 235 home runs and they surrendered 5.35 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball). The Cubs held a team WHIP of 1.403 in addition to having a FIP of 4.88 as a staff over the course of last season. Their K/BB ratio sat at 2.28 (1,358 strikeouts against 596 bases on balls). They finished at 23rd in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 1,386.
Chicago had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 59 save opportunities and they walked away with 40 saves. They were ranked 2nd in the league holding a save percentage of 67.8%, and they dispatched 599 relievers onto the field last season. Their relievers took the field 175 times in high leverage situations and on 169 occasions with runners on. Chicago bullpen pitchers held an inherited score rate of 36.3% out of their 278 inherited base runners. Finishing with 136 save situations, the Cubs earned 75 holds and also 19 blown saves.
The Chicago Cubs twisted 149 double plays and notched a fielding percentage of .985 (15th in pro baseball). The Cubs accrued 1,554 assists, 87 errors and amassed 4,238 putouts over the course of last season. Out of their 12,714 innings played, the Cubs accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.1% (20th in MLB).
Steele (4-4 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 4.26 ERA and has conceded 7.9 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.19 and he has gone up against 248 hitters so far in his career. He has allowed a total of 27 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.351 and being the owner of a FIP of 5.5. During his MLB career, Steele has conceded 50 hits while accumulating 59 K's in 57 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-150)
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