The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs will both be looking to get their coronavirus-shortened season off to a positive start when they square off in their 2020 regular season opener on Friday night. With both ballclubs having realistic hopes of reaching the playoffs after recording winning records a year ago, let’s find out which team is offering the best betting value against their MLB odds when these longtime NL Central division rivals square off on Friday as part of a massive weekend of MLB action.
MLB Betting Predictions – Brewers Vs Cubs
- Milwaukee – R – Brandon Woodruff (11-3, 3.62 ERA)
- Chicago – R – Kyle Hendricks (11-10, 3.64 ERA)
Why Bet On The Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee went 89-73 last season to finish four games behind NL Central-winning St. Louis. The Brewers went 49-32 at home and a decent 40-41 on the road a year ago. The Brew Crew will turn to 27-year-old right-hander Brandon Woodruff to kick off their season and that’s not a bad idea seeing as how he went a stellar 11-3 with a solid 3.62 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 22 starts and 121.2 innings pitched. Woodruff went 2-3 on the road last season with a 4.41 ERA, but the Mississippi native is clearly a gifted hurler with a ton of talent.
Why Bet On The Chicago Cubs
Chicago went 84-78 a year ago to finish third in the NL Central, seven games behind division-winning St. Louis and five games behind second place Milwaukee. While the Cubs went an uninspiring 33-48 on the road, they also managed to post an impressive 51-30 mark at Wrigley Field. 30-year-old veteran right-hander Kyle Hendrick went a modest 11-10 last season, but recorded a solid 3.46 ERA (20th) while striking out an impressive 150 batters in 177 innings pitched. Hendricks went a fantastic 6-2 at home with a stellar 2.04 ERA. Chicago won nine of the 19 regular season meetings a year ago.
General Game Info Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
- When: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 6:10 PM ET
- Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill
- Brewers Vs Cubs Live: ESPN
- Money Lines: Chicago -125 / Milwaukee +115 / Run Line – Chicago -1.5
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Milwaukee got the narrow regular season series win over Chicago by taking 10 of 19 meetings last season,but the Cubs were excellent at home and I believe they are going to how p in a big way in their 220 opener to get the narrow win. Yes, Brewers right-fielder and reigning NL MVP winner Christian Yelich is the best player on either team in this matchup, but the Cubs are loaded with much of the same talent that helped them win the 2016 World Series in talented players like 2016 MVP winner Kris Bryant, all-star catcher Wilson Contreras, shortstop Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. I like the Cubs to get it done in a thriller.
Pick: Cubs 4 Brewers 3