Vegas Odds & MLB Predictions: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs (August 14th, 2018)
Milwaukee Looks to Play Catch-Up as They Visit First-Place Chicago
The Brewers have not had a great second half of the season. It actually started just before the All-Star break. They seemed to be cruising into the break comfortably in first before they dropped their final six games.
That allowed the Cubs to sneak ahead in the standings. The end of July went well as they posted an 8-4 record once play resumed including series wins over the Nationals and Giants.
August has seen them take a step back as they’ve accumulated a 4-7 record this month. Their only series win came against the Rockies. Since then, they have dropped consecutive series to San Diego and Atlanta.
The pitching staff which has been among the better ones in the league this year has really struggled of late. They’ve allowed six runs or more in six of their seven losses and five runs in the other one.
They dropped an 8-7 decision to Atlanta on Sunday in a back and forth game. They were up 7-5 after 6.5 innings, but then conceded the final three runs in the loss.
The Cubs are coming off a thrilling walk-off game winning grand slam against the Nationals. It was a game that Washington led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth behind the brilliant pitching of Max Scherzer. But with him out of the game, Ryan Madson could not hold the lead. He made it to two outs before rookie David Bote hit a fastball low in the zone to dead center field for the win.
The victory allowed the Cubs to escape with a series win. They have now won or tied their last four series and six of the seven in the second half. Their only series loss came when the Cardinals took two of three at the end of July.
The Brewers are averaging 5.5 RPG in August and their team ERA is 7.16.
The Cubs are 7-4 in August averaging 4.09 RPG and their team ERA is 4.32.
Jhoulys Chacin (11-4, 3.91 ERA) gave up nine runs (eight earned) two starts ago in a 21-5 loss to the Dodgers. He bounced back by allowing three in six innings in an 8-4 win over the Padres last time out. Milwaukee is 5-5 in his last ten.
Jose Quintana (10-8, 4.28 ERA) gave up five runs in 6.1 innings in a 9-0 loss to the Royals last time out. It’s the second poor performance in his last three starts. Chicago is 1-2 in those games and 6-4 in his last ten.