When the final couple of months of the season roll around, teams start to look ahead at the games they have remaining on the schedule. There are a few series that are probably circled as definite wins, but if baseball has taught us anything over the years, it’s that hot runs can be busted by even the worst of teams. The Chicago Cubs, who are favorites on the road in MLB lines, are going to have to make sure that doesn’t happen when they face the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.
Taking a Look at the Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Game Pick & MLB OddsTime: Thursday, 8:10 p.m. ETVenue: Miller Park, MilwaukeeNational TV: noneOpening line: Cubs -123, Brewers +113 (7.5)The Chicago Cubs (52-47) look as though they have finally fallen out of the division race, as the Cardinals and Pirates are beginning to open up a big gap at the top. The good news for this young Cubs team is that they are still very much alive and well in the Wild Card race. They are just 2.5 games off the pace there, but they will have to try and run down the World Champion San Francisco Giants if they want to get in. The bad news is that Chicago really hasn’t been playing well enough to make that happen. There was a feeling that their young squad might run into some trouble as the season progressed, and it really is starting to look that way. The Cubs have only managed 5 wins in the second half, despite facing teams that should be there for the taking. Jake Arrieta (11-6, 2.61 ERA) will be looking to rebound from the loss he took in his last start.The Milwaukee Brewers (44-57) spent the majority of the first half of the season being viewed as the worst franchise in the league. They changed a few minds when they went into the All-Star break on a run of games that saw them take 10 of 14. They followed that up by sweeping the Pirates and winning the first 4 games in the second half, although they have started to cool off a little again. Even the worst teams in the league go through little winning spells in the course of such a long season, so it’s tough to say if this streak was a sign of improvement or just nothing more than a small upward blip on the chart. Jimmy Nelson (8-9, 3.97 ERA) will get the start for the Brewers on Thursday as he goes in search of his third straight win.
Key Betting Trends
- Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’ last 7 games
- Milwaukee is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee’s last 5 games