Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers
Coming this weekend, there's a monster NL central showdown between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers. With both teams still chasing the St. Louis Cardinals in the standings, plus a Wild Card spot, there's plenty on the line in this series.
In this preview, we take a look at the three remaining games in the series (Game 1 was on Thursday) and offer up our picks and MLB predictions.
- 01Game 2 Sets up as a Pitchers' Duel
- 02UNDER is a Safe Bet on Friday Night
- 03Yu Darvish Powers Chicago to a Win on Saturday
- 04Brewers Will be Ready to Win Series Finale
Game 2 Sets up as a Pitchers' Duel
On Friday, Cole Hamels will take the mound for the Chicago Cubs, while Zach Davies will get the starting nod for the Brewers.
Plain and simple, both these guys have electric stuff and have the ability to totally silence an opposing lineup on any given night. Hamels has a 3.69 ERA on the year, while Davies is sporting a 3.76 ERA.
Though we expect this one to be a low-scoring affair, we can't ignore the fact that the Brewers are the home team. Because of this, we'll give them the advantage.
UNDER is a Safe Bet on Friday Night
As mentioned above, Friday night's game will be a battle between two of the top hurlers in the division.
Because of this, you don't think there's going to be a lot of runs scored, do you? Of course not. Thus, the UNDER for this showdown feels like a safe bet to make.
While these two teams have lineups with star power throughout, there's always going to be games where they struggle to put runs on the board. We think that will be the case here. Take the UNDER.
Yu Darvish Powers Chicago to a Win on Saturday
While the Yu Darvish era in Chicago hasn't quite gone the way fans had hoped it would, there's no denying he's still got some dynamite stuff.
In his nine starts since the All-Star break, Darvish has 72 strikeouts and a 2.93 ERA. Those numbers are downright impressive and he'll look to improve on those stats against the Brewers on Saturday.
With Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javy Baez ready to give him run support, we think he gets the job done. Chicago straight up is the side we like here.
Brewers Will be Ready to Win Series Finale
With MVP-candidate Christian Yelich ready to star in this weekend series, we think he'll go ahead and steal the show on Sunday. Not just him, though, as the Brewers will be facing the struggling Kyle Hendricks.
Hendricks has been a nightmare on the road for Chicago, posting a 4-7 record and a 5.20 ERA. Will this open the door for Milwaukee?
It looks that way. Because of Hendricks' terrible showings on the road, we'll go ahead and give the Brewers the benefit of the doubt and pick them to close the series with a victory.