You know that a division is good when the team sitting in third place controls their own Wild Card playoff destiny. That is exactly the position that the Chicago Cubs find themselves in right now. While they may have been somewhat overshadowed by the Cardinals and Pirates, the young Cubs have been playing at a level that no-one really expected at the start of the betting season. They will try to keep things rolling when they welcome in the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
A Quick Report on Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Baseball Spread Preview & TV InfoDate/Time: Wednesday, August 12th, 8:05 PMVenue:Wrigley Field, Chicago, ILTV: CSNRadio: WBBM 780Opening line: Chicago Cubs -168There are few teams hotter than the Chicago Cubs (62-48) right now, as they are on a run that has seen them take 10 of their last 11 games. These are not just all games against lesser opponents, either, as they went a combined 5-1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants. While they have virtually no chance of running down the Cardinals in the NL Central, they have complete control over their own fate in the Wild Card. They currently hold the final spot, and have a 3.5 game lead over the chasing pack, none of whom are going through a particularly good stretch of form right now. The next stretch of games for Chicago is against teams with records below .500. You might imagine that this would be something they would relish, but they have had a tendency to play down to the level of their opposition all season long. Jason Hammel (6-5, 3.17 ERA) has had back to back quality starts, and will try to make it three in a row on Wednesday.The Brewers (48-65) may be nearing the end of a season to forget, but the moves that they made at the trade deadline suggest that they have a bright future ahead of them. Their last two series saw them take 3 of 4 from the Padres followed by a well-fought series against the Cardinals, where they lost 2 of 3. This is a team that is playing a whole lot better than their record suggests, and is one that you overlook at your own peril. They will be looking to exact some revenge in this series, as they fell to a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs to start the month of August. Matt Garza (6-12, 4.95 ERA) was brilliant in his last start, and will need more of the same if his team is to have any chance of winning.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
- Chi Cubs is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Chi Cubs is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games