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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs betting odds, predictions and analysis

Two consecutive playoff appearances are rarified air for the Brewers. Milwaukee carries that status for just the second time in their history. Specifically, the recent Brewers’ success has earned baseball betting respect. Four consecutive playoff appearances did the same for the Cubs. Chicago’s 2016 World Series title was an epic achievement. However, the Cubs missed the playoffs in 2019. Manager Joe Maddon’s shelf life expired. He departed for the Los Angeles Angels. New manager David Ross inherits a top-five payroll roster. To bring to light Chicago’s ability is the pressure of a compacted 60-game schedule. 

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Betting Information

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV Coverage: ESPN

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs Betting Odds

Brewers +1½ (-185) 8½ (-110) +115
Cubs -1½ (+160) 8½ (-110) -125
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Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs CashBet Odds Analysis

On the whole, gamblers have much to like about both of these teams. Milwaukee and Chicago are tabbed to be National League Central contenders. Each has the best sportsbook online credentials of recent multiple playoff seasons. So too does the 60-game season add both hope and fear for each side. 

Probable Starting Pitchers and Bullpens

First in the Brewers rotation is right-hander Brandon Woodruff. For 2019 it was an All-Star campaign for Woodruff. In his initial season as a regular starter, Woodruff went 11-3 with a 3.62 earned run average. Subsequently are expectations greater for the anchor of the Milwaukee rotation.

In turn closer, Josh Hader is established as reliably dominant. Hader saved 37 games for the Brewers in 2019. His record was 3-5 with a 2.62 earned run average. Hader struck out 138 batters in 75.2 innings of work. As a result, Hader earned his second straight Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year honors. He made the NL All-Star team for the second straight season.

By contrast for the Cubs is right-hand starter Kyle Hendricks. For 2019 Hendricks was 11-10 with a 3.46 earned run average. Consistency has been a hallmark of Hendricks career. His ERA has stayed below 3.50 for four straight seasons.

Of major concern is the poor 2019 performance of Cubs closer Craig Kimbrell. The former seven-time All-Star was humbled with the worst campaign of his career. Kimbrell was 0-4 with a 6.53 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. Starting with 2011 did Kimbrell save at least 31 games or more per year. Which is what makes 2019 so disturbing. 

Brewers Begin Quest for Third Straight Playoff Season

In view of RF Christian Yelich do the Brewers have the most dangerous weapon on the field? Yelich showed betting on baseball’s impact with a career-best 44 home runs in 2019. He was the 2018 NL MVP.

Cubs Want One More Championship Tour Together

Hopes for a Cubs MLB betting resurgence begin withs, Javier Baez. Last year was his second consecutive All-Star game appearance. Baez produced 89 runs, 38 doubles, 28 home runs, and 85 RBI in 2019.

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Betting Trends

The Brewers are:

11-5 in their last 16 away games, 6-10-1 under the total on the road, 11-9 in their last 20 games vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 6-13-1 under the total vs. Chicago, 11-4 in their last 15 away games vs. the National League Central, 3-5-2 under the total at National League Central opponents 

The Cubs are:

7-12 in their last 19 games at Wrigley Field, 6-4 over the total at home, 12-7 at Wrigley Field, against the Brewers, 2-17-1 under the total at home vs. Milwaukee, 4-8 in their last 12 home games against the National League Central, 6-4 over the total when hosting National League Central opponents

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs CashBet Free Pick

On this occasion, Milwaukee offers three distinct Betting on MLB advantages. Woodruff, Hader, and Yelich bring superior ability. To exemplify the Cubs popularity is a perpetual drag on the value.

Brewers at Cubs CashBet Best Bet: Milwaukee Brewers


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