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Offense A Rarity When Brewers Play

If you are looking for runs galore and balls leaving the park with more regularity than a disgruntled fan then you should probably not be watching the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew’s past eight games have seen an average of 6.5 runs per game, but that has made the UNDER profitable – with the UNDER cashing in six of those eight contests. The Brewers will continue their weekday series with the Chicago Cubs Wednesday – after shocking the ChiCubs in the first game.

Shark Bites
  • The Cubs are 7-1 SU in their past eight games at Miller Park.
  • The Brewers are 1-5 SU in their past six games following consecutive wins.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the past five meetings between the Cubs and Brewers.

Milwaukee will send Jimmy Nelson to the mound. He has been the best starter on the team. Nelson has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his eight starts this season with batters hitting just .222 against the righty. Nelson has put up solid career numbers against the Cubs – a 3.35 ERA in eight appearances – but is winless thanks to lack of run support.

John Lackey has been stellar during May with the veteran posting a 1.96 ERA and 20 strikeouts in three starts, but all those came at Wrigley Field. Lackey has been poor away from Chicago this season with the 37-year-old holding a 5.79 ERA while allowing five more earned runs than in his home appearances – despite starting one fewer game while travelling.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Milwaukee Brewers in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline underdogs of 151 at BetOnline for Wednesday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 8.5 at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.6-2.6 victory for the Brewers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

17-22 Milwaukee battles the Cubs, currently with a 27-10 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Milwaukee vs Chicago injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Milwaukee Brewers at No. 14 and the Chicago Cubs at No. 1 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Milwaukee Brewers No. 14-ranked scoring average of 4.38 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs offense rated No. 2 and scoring 5.84 runs per game. The Brewers have averaged 8.1 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cubs hitters have managed (8.73 per nine innings).

Milwaukee owns the No. 28 defense, allowing 4.38 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's No. 1-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cubs were saddled with a loss last time out in K Hendricks's start, as they lost 4-2 against Milwaukee on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chi Cubs's last 17 games
  • Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
  • Milwaukee is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Milwaukee's last 13 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Milwaukee, Thursday, May 19th