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MLB Game Preview - Cubs underdogs vs Brewers at Milwaukee

Chicago CubsMilwaukee Brewers
Aug 26, 8:10 PM | GrassMiller Park

Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers Odds

57-74TEAM RECORD78-54

Miller Park hosts an MLB battle between the Milwaukee Brewers and the visiting Chicago Cubs on Friday.

Milwaukee hands the ball to starter Randy Wolf in this one and he'll try to improve on his 10-8 mark on the year. Chicago counters with Rodrigo Lopez, who will try to quiet the fans and the Brewers bats at the same time.

View Chi Cubs vs Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Cubs listed as underdogs of +-185 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Brewers at No. 2 in the National League and the Cubs at No. 11 in the National League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Milwaukee's No. 6-rated National League offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game, against a Cubs defense that ranks No. 15 in the National League at 4.9 in runs allowed per game. The Brewers have averaged 8.8 hits per game so far, less than Cubs batters have averaged on the year (9 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Milwaukee has the National League's No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Chicago, they were an 8-3 loser as they battled the Braves at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Braves at -111 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-3 to Atlanta on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

The Brewers were a 2-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +166 on the moneyline, while the total score (2) was good news for UNDER bettors. Milwaukee didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Jason Grilli in a losing cause, 2-0, against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Cubs at Brewers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Chi Cubs' last 13 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Milwaukee is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Milwaukee, Saturday, August 27