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Cubs vs Brewers MLB Preview

The Milwaukee Brewers (47-35) welcome the Chicago Cubs (32-48) to American Family Field on Tuesday in the second meeting of a three-game series. The Brewers are 7-2 in their last nine games while the Cubs are 4-2 in their last six outings. Find out if Milwaukee can claim the series win in our Cubs vs Brewers prediction.

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Cubs vs Brewers Betting Preview
  • Date/Time: July 5, 8:10 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: American Family Field
  • TV Coverage: Bally Sports, Marquee Sports Network
  • Opening Cubs vs Brewers Odds: Brewers -141 | O/U 8.5
  • Cubs vs Brewers Betting Matchup Report

Cubs vs Brewers Opening Odds Analysis

Opening Odds

The Brewers opened as the home favorite at -141 the moneyline with the visiting Cubs getting +105. The total was set at 8.5 runs with the OVER going 10-5 in the last 15 meetings between the two clubs. Milwaukee is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings against Chicago at American Family Field – a clear edge to the hosts in our Cubs vs Brewers prediction.

Starting Pitchers 

Jason Alexander (2-0) gets the call for Milwaukee in his eighth appearance of the season. Alexander, who hasn’t started since June 23, last took the mound on June 30 in a relief appearance where he gave up three hits and two earned runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates in just two innings of work. The right-hander has a 3.82 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP through 30.2 innings.

Kyle Hendricks (4-6) last pitched for Chicago on June 30 when he picked up a win against the Cincinnati Reds, scattering six hits and two earned runs over six innings. The right-hander owns a 4.76 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP through 81.1 innings this season.

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Cubs Blow Late Lead In Series Opener

The Cubs lost an extra-innings heartbreaker in the series opener on Monday as they fell 5-2 to the Brewers. Nelson Velazquez hit his first career home run to open the scoring while Seiya Suzuki put Chicago up 2-1 in the ninth with an inside-the-park homer. However, the Brewers tied the game in the bottom half and then scored three more in the 10th to snatch the victory. 

After losing 10 straight early in June, Chicago has fallen way back in the NL Wild Card race, 11 games back of the third and final spot. Pitching has been the major issue for the Cubs as their 4.73 team ERA ranks 25th in the majors, while only two clubs have given up more home runs than the 108 they’ve allowed.

Caratini Plays The Hero In Monday’s Win

The Brewers got some late-game heroics on Monday to continue their hot streak. With the score at 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Christian Yelich took a walk with the bases loaded to tie the game. In the 10th and with two men on base, Victor Caratini smashed a walk-off home run to grab the win for Milwaukee.

Milwaukee’s bats have been on fire during their current 7-2 run, averaging 6.89 runs per game over that span. Rowdy Tellez has been leading the way offensively, collecting a two-home run, four-RBI game against his former club, the Toronto Blue Jays, on June 26, and then adding a five-RBI game against the Pirates on July 1.

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Cubs: Keys To Victory

The Cubs will need to find a way to contain the Brewers’ scorching offense, though they’ll be asking a lot from Hendricks, who has struggled this season. The good news for Hendricks is that he’s been solid over his last two starts, allowing two earned runs and 11 hits over 13.1 innings combined – if he continues to pitch like this, Chicago should be in the game.

Brewers: Keys To Victory

Milwaukee will want to keep the offense flowing following a clutch win on Monday. The Brewers have scored less than five runs just once over their last nine games, so it’s more likely than not that they’ll put up some numbers again on Tuesday. Tellez has been held hitless for three games, so look for him to try to make an impact.

MLB Computer Pick: Brewers -130

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Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 4-1 in Milwaukee’s last 5 home games.
  • Milwaukee is 16-4 in the last 20 meetings.
  • Chicago is 3-10 in its last 13 road games.