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Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

Chicago CubsMilwaukee Brewers
July 28, 2:10 PM | GrassMiller Park

Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers Odds

42-62TEAM RECORD56-49

The Milwaukee Brewers will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Chicago Cubs invade Miller Park on Thursday.

Randy Wells gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Cubs on this day; he's 2-3 on the season. The Brewers, meanwhile, will counter with Shaun Marcum, who will be looking to improve on his 9-3 mark.

View Chi Cubs vs Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Milwaukee sat as -190 favorites. The total was set at 8.5.

Power Rankings:
The Brewers sit at No. 5 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cubs sit at a National League No. 11 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Milwaukee's National League No. 7-ranked scoring average of 4.3 runs per game, against a Cubs offense rated No. 10 and scoring 4 runs per game in the league. The Brewers have averaged 8.6 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cubs hitters have managed (9 per nine innings).

Defensively, Chicago features the National League's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.1 runs per game. Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the National League at home, scoring 5.1 runs per game.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Brewers on July 27. Bettors who backed the Brewers at -177 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Chicago didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Zack Greinke in a losing cause, 2-0, against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Cubs at Brewers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Milwaukee is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 8 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at St. Louis, Friday, July 29
Milwaukee home to Houston, Friday, July 29