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Cubs face Milwaukee Brewers: MLB odds preview and stats

Chicago Cubs

Milwaukee Brewers
63-89 September 19, 2013, 02:10 PM | Miller Park 68-83

The Chicago Cubs will look to grab a road win when they take on the Brewers in Milwaukee at Miller Park on Thursday in baseball odds action.

Milwaukee sends Kyle Lohse out against Jake Arrieta for the Cubs in this game. Lohse is 10-9 with a 3.46 ERA on the season, while Arrieta is 3-4 on the year and has a 5.49 ERA.

View Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Brewers as -151 Favorite on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

The Brewers - Cubs odds would favor the Cubs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Milwaukee is rated No. 18 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Chicago is at No. 15.

In their last action, Chicago was a 7-0 loser on the road against the Brewers. Bettors on Milwaukee at -136 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Cubs were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Milwaukee staff and losing 7-0 to the Brewers on Wednesday at Miller Park.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Milwaukee has baseball's No. 19-rated offensive output, at 8.54 hits per game. The Cubs average 8.03 hits per game, good for No. 29 on the list.

Defensively, Chicago features the No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.95 runs per game. Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 at home, scoring 4.05 runs per game.

A few Cubs at Brewers trends to consider:
Chi Cubs is 2-11-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Chi Cubs is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
Chi Cubs is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Milwaukee is 20-4-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 11 games
Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Atlanta, Friday, September 20th
Milwaukee at St. Louis, Friday, September 20th