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MLB BASEBALL

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs meet at Wrigley Field.

The Brewers will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Kyle Lohse in this game. Lohse has a 7-7 record and a 3.37 ERA this season.

It'll be Jeff Samardzija toeing the rubber for the Cubs in this contest. Righthander Samardzija is 6-9 with a 3.94 ERA so far this season.

Milwaukee lost its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Rockies on July 28. Bettors who backed the Rockies at -185 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Cubs were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Giants. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +138 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Current streak:
Chicago has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Milwaukee: 43-61 SU
Chicago: 48-55 SU

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing Colorado are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing San Francisco are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs
Milwaukee is 13-4 SU in their last 17 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 30