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MLB Game Preview - Cubs underdogs vs Brewers at Milwaukee

Chicago Cubs

Milwaukee Brewers
63-87 September 17, 2013, 08:10 PM | Miller Park 66-83

The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Milwaukee and Chicago on Tuesday, with the host Brewers trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

The Brewers will rely on Marco Estrada to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Jeff Samardzija will be his counterpart for the Cubs. Marco Estrada is 6-4 this season, and Jeff Samardzija is 8-12.

View Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers Odds and Stats.

Milwaukee was a -121 moneyline Favorite earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.

According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 18-ranked Brewers and the No. 15-rated Cubs in this matchup.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 6-1 result against the Brewers on September 16. Bettors who backed the Brewers at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Chicago didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 6-1 to Milwaukee on Monday at Miller Park.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Milwaukee's No. 19 ranked offense (3.95 runs per game) against a Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 16 at 4.22 runs allowed per game. The Brewers have been averaging 8.58 hits per game, more than the Cubs have managed so far this season (8.07 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Milwaukee has the No. 20-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the No. 16 mark in runs allowed.

A few Cubs at Brewers trends to consider:
Chi Cubs is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games
Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 9 games

Next up:
Chicago at Milwaukee, Wednesday, September 18th