Vegas Odds & MLB Predictions: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers (September 5th, 2018)
Milwaukee Looks to Sweep Chicago Cubs
The Milwaukee Brewers struggles might be a thing of the past. They’ve made some trades for some veteran help of late and their August swoon that saw them go 5-10 to start the month appears to be a thing of the past.
But after they beat the Cubs 11-1 on Tuesday night, their second straight win in this series, they have cut the lead down to three games and they are a game up on the Cards.
Milwaukee is now 6-1 in its last seven games and 11-4 in its last 15 games.
Chicago has been one of if not the best team in the National League for weeks, posting a 10-2 record before this series started They were also 21-10 since the beginning of August up till facing the Brewers. The last time they lost a series was to the Cardinals in late July.
But they dropped a 4-3 decision to Milwaukee on Monday after the Brewers scored once in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game and once in the bottom of the ninth to win it. The winning run came home on a fielder’s choice.
On Tuesday the Cubs got on the board first in the bottom of the second, but it was all Milwaukee from there on out. Christian Yelich and Jesus Aguilar led the starters with two RBIs apiece and Jonathan Schoop came on as a pinch hitter in the seventh and stayed in the game and produced three RBIs in his two at bats.
Jose Quintana (11-9, 4.21 ERA) has put together three solid starts in a row, allowing four runs in 16 innings over that span. But Chicago is 1-2 in those games, scoring just two runs in the losses. They are 1-4 in his last five.
Jhoulys Chacin (14-5, 3.53 ERA) has been excellent for most of the last nine starts. He’s allowed one run or less in six of those outings including in three of his last four. And in the other most recent start he gave up three runs in six innings. The Brewers are 4-1 in his last five and 7-3 in his last ten.