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Lackey Has Been The Cubs’ Good Luck Charm

Good things happen for the Chicago Cubs when John Lackey takes the bump. The Cubbies are 9-1 in Lackey’s past 10 starts with the 14-year veteran posting a 3.90 ERA in that span. Lackey’s consistency has been a big reason why the Cubs are winning, with the righty pitching at least 5.0 innings in each of those 10 starts while holding opponents to three or fewer earned runs on eight occasions. The 38-year-old takes the mound for the Cubbies when they open a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of the Brewers’ last 11 games against the Cubs.
  • The Brewers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on the road against the Cubs.
  • The Brewers are 4-0 SU in their last 4 games with Jimmy Nelson as the starting pitcher.

The Brew Crew will start a fresh Jimmy Nelson, who is pitching on seven days’ rest. In his previous two starts this season coming off six-plus days’ rest, Nelson has posted a 4.09 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP. The righty got beat up in his last outing against the Cubs, allowing nine hits and seven earned runs in 5.1 innings.

The Cubs hold a slight edge in the season series, winning seven of the 13 meetings between the two clubs. Kris Bryant has loved facing the Brewers this year with the Cubs 3B slashing .383/.463/.660 to go along with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs.

Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 77-63 heading into this matchup, while the Milwaukee Brewers sit at 72-68 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Milwaukee injuries news.

The Chicago Cubs sit at No. 4 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the Milwaukee Brewers sit at No. 17 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Chicago Cubs' No. 7-ranked scoring average of 5.03 runs per game, against a Milwaukee Brewers offense rated No. 20 and scoring 4.49 runs per game. The Cubs have averaged 8.64 hits per game to date this season, more than the Brewers hitters have managed (8.38 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Milwaukee owns the No. 9-rated road mark, allowing 4.3 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Luis Castillo fanned 10 Milwaukee batters in the team's last outing, leading the Reds to a 7-1 victory over the Brewers at Great American Ball Park.

Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 8-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday at PNC Park behind starter Jon Lester.

Betting Trends
  • Milwaukee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Milwaukee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
  • Milwaukee is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Chi Cubs is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Milwaukee at Chicago, Saturday, September 9