Jeff Samardzija vs Marco Estrada matchup featured in MLB action
Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers Odds
The Brewers get a visit from the Chicago Cubs in baseball action on Friday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.
It's a pitching duel between Marco Estrada for the Brewers (1-0 on the year) and Jeff Samardzija for Chicago (1-2 so far).
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 4-rated Cubs taking on the National League's No. 14-rated Brewers in this contest.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Milwaukee's No. 9 ranked National League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the National League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Brewers have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, more than the Cubs have managed so far this season (7.8 hits on average).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Milwaukee has the National League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.
The Cubs were a 6-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +130 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors. Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 6-2 victory over Texas on Thursday at Wrigley Field behind starter Carlos Villanueva.
In their last action, Milwaukee was a 7-2 winner at home against the Giants. Bettors on Milwaukee at -102 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Milwaukee got the job done in their last match in a 7-2 victory over San Francisco on Thursday at Miller Park behind starter Yovani Gallardo.
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Milwaukee are 1-9
After playing Texas are 6-4
After a win are 1-9
Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Chi Cubs are 8-2
After playing San Francisco are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
A few Cubs at Brewers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Chi Cubs' last 16 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Milwaukee is 9-2 SU in their last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home
Chi Cubs at Milwaukee, Saturday, April 20