Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 4/9/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-135) Chicago (+115)
Wrigley Field is the site where the Chicago Cubs (71-91 last year) will meet the Milwaukee Brewers (95-67 last season) on Saturday. The line on this contest has Milwaukee at -135 while Chicago is priced at +115. The total comes in at 8. The expected starting pitchers will be Freddy Peralta and Marcus Stroman.
As a team, the Milwaukee Brewers put up 4.6 runs per game, which put them at 12th in baseball. They accumulated 738 runs and held an on-base percentage of .317. The Brewers tallied 255 two-baggers as a squad and hit 194 balls out of the stadium. They earned 700 runs batted in as well as 1,251 base knocks last season, while their batting average was at .233. Milwaukee had a slugging percentage of .396 and struck out 1,465 times, while being walked on 586 occasions.
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The Brewers compiled a team earned run average of 3.50 over the course of the prior season (3rd in the league), and the staff struck out 1,618 hitters. They walked 537 opposing players and their FIP came in at 3.72 as a team for the previous season. Their strikeout to walk ratio was at 3.01 and their pitching staff had a collective WHIP of 1.18. Brewers pitchers allowed 168 home runs in addition to 623 total runs (3rd in the league).
The Brewers dispatched 533 relievers to the mound over the course of the prior season. The relief pitchers inherited 152 base runners for the previous season with 35.5% of them crossed the plate. They earned 44 saves over the course of last season and blew 29 of their 73 chances to save the game. The Brewers bullpen accumulated a save rate of 60.3% and entered the game in 155 save situations. The relievers finished with 80 holds last season (14th in the league). Brewers pitchers came into the game with runners on base 105 times as well as having 188 outings in high leverage situations.
The Brewers converted 70.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of 12,924 innings, ranking them 4th in the majors. The Milwaukee Brewers earned 4,308 putouts for the prior year, as well as 1,331 assists and 94 errors. Their fielding percentage was at .984 which had them ranked 22nd in pro baseball, and had a total of 102 double plays.
Peralta has thrown 337 innings and has tallied 453 punch outs during his career. Peralta (26-13 record in his career) holds a FIP of 3.47 while he has faced 1,408 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.87 (145 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.148. He has conceded 242 base hits (6.5 hits per nine innings) and has had 145 free passes.
The Cubs had a team slugging % of .407 and they were scoring 4.35 runs per game (21st in MLB). They hit 225 doubles, while walking 502 times and putting up 705 runs. Chicago was sitting with 210 long balls for the prior year and 672 RBIs. They struck out on 1,596 occasions (1st in the league) and notched a total of 1,255 base knocks. The Chicago Cubs recorded an on-base percentage of .312 in addition to a batting average of .237 over the course of the prior season.
The Chicago pitching staff relinquished 839 runs over the course of the prior season while holding an ERA of 4.88 (765 earned runs allowed). They gave up 235 homers and they allowed 5.35 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball). The Cubs finished with a team WHIP of 1.403 and were the owners of a FIP of 4.88 as a squad over the course of the prior season. Their K/BB ratio came in at 2.28 (1,358 strikeouts against 596 free passes). They ranked 23rd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 1,386.
Ending the season with 136 save situations, the Cubs compiled 75 holds in addition to 19 blown saves. Chicago had relievers take the mound in 59 save chances and they tallied 40 saves. Their bullpen pitchers took the field 175 times in high leverage situations in addition to 169 occasions with runners on. Chicago relievers held an inherited score percentage of 36.3% out of their 278 inherited runners. They were ranked 2nd in baseball with a save rate of 67.8%, and they sent 599 relievers onto the field last year.
The Chicago Cubs turned 149 double plays and accounted for a fielding rate of .985 (15th in professional baseball). The Cubs recorded 1,554 assists, 87 errors and earned a total of 4,238 putouts last season. In 12,714 innings played, the Cubs finished with a defensive efficiency of 69.1% (20th in professional baseball).
Stroman (61-60 career record) is the owner of a 3.63 ERA and has conceded 8.9 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.96 and he has gone up against 4,279 batters in his career. He has surrendered a total of 415 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.266 and having a FIP of 3.6. So far in his MLB career, Stroman has conceded 1,014 hits while he has earned 853 punch outs in 1,028 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+115)
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