The MLB is set up with another strong night of action as twelve games hit the board for Thursday. One of the matchups on Thursday night will be between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers. These two division rivals are still in competition for a playoff spot, which should help lead to an exciting game to open this series. This game will start at around 7:10 PM Eastern time on September 5.
Chicago has earned a record of 75-63 to this point in the season, which has them in second place of the NL Central. The Cubs are sitting three games back on the red hot St. Louis Cardinals for the top spot in the division. Chicago is in the second wild card spot right now and will look to hold onto it with a win on Thursday night. The Cubs have won six of their last eight games and will look to keep this trend up with another win.
The Brewers are in third place of the NL Central with a record of 71-67 so far. Milwaukee has fallen down a bit in the later stages of this season, but are just four games back from a wild card position. The Brewers have won four of their last six games and will look start this four-game series with a much needed win at home.
The Cubs and the Brewers have both had solid seasons so far, but still, need to finish the season strong if they want to earn a playoff berth. Chicago is at least holding onto a playoff spot, while Milwaukee has an uphill battle in front of them as they try and get back into the playoff picture. This should lead to a really good four-game series.
The first two series between these teams this season were in the early stages of the season. The Cubs and the Brewers split the first two series, going 3-3 against each other. Both teams were able to win two games at home, but there were a lot of close games in the first six matchups.
The third series of the season between these teams happened on July 26-28 in Milwaukee. Ben Gamel hit a two RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull away with a 3-2 win for the Brewers. Keston Hiura hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the tenth to walk off a 5-3 win in the second game of the series. Kyle Schwarber went off in the third game with two home runs and seven RBI’s as the Cubs bounced back with an 11-4 win.
The fourth series shifted to Chicago on August 2-4. Jose Quintana allowed seven hits and two runs through six innings to help the Cubs win 6-2 in the first game. Cole Hamels then allowed no runs and four hits through five innings in the second game to give Chicago a 4-1 win. The Cubs finished the sweep of the series with a 7-2 win in the final game of the series.
The most recent series was less than a week ago between August 30 and September 1. Jose Quintana had another strong start as he allowed four hits and no runs in a 7-1 Cubs win. Manny Pina hit a two-run single in the top of the first in the second game and the Brewers rode it to a 2-0 win to end their losing streak against Chicago. Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer to ice the final game as Milwaukee finished with a 4-0 win.
Javier Baez has had a strong season for Chicago as he has put up 149 hits, 29 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Kris Bryant has earned 137 hits, 26 homers and 64 RBI’s. Anthony Rizzo has 133 hits, 25 home runs and 83 RBI’s. Kyle Schwarber has put up an impressive 105 hits and 33 home runs. Jason Heyward, Willson Contreras, Albert Almora, and Nicholas Castellanos all have double-digit homers as well.
Christian Yelich once again has been on a tear this season. Yelich has earned 154 hits, 43 home runs, 93 RBI’s and an OPS of 1.093. Mike Moustakas has 122 hits, 31 home runs and 76 RBI’s on the season. Ryan Braun has 116 hits with 18 home runs and 58 RBI’s this season, while Yasmani Grandal has 108 hits, 22 home runs and 64 RBI’s. Eric Thames and Orlando Arcia both have double-digit home runs as well this season.
These two teams have solid hitting lineups, but the Cubs have the better lineup overall. Chicago has a lot of strong hitters throughout their team and it shows in their home run numbers. Christian Yelich has been tearing it up this season and the Cubs will look to pitch around him. Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain could both miss the game for the Brewers as well, which would hurt a lot.
Jose Quintana will start for Chicago against the Brewers on Thursday night. Quintana has a 12-8 record through 27 games this season. He has put up an impressive 3.90 ERA and a WHIP of 1.280. His last start came against the Brewers, where he allowed four hits through five and two thirds innings. Quintana has played five games against Milwaukee this season with a 2-2 record.
The Brewers will have Chase Anderson start on the mound on Thursday night. He has gone 6-4 through 27 games this season. He has put up an ERA of 4.58 and a WHIP of 1.293 in those games. Anderson’s last start came against the Cubs, where he allowed seven hits and five runs through four innings. He has a 1-1 record in three starts against Chicago this season.
Both of these pitchers have had solid seasons, but Quintana has been the better starter. Quintana has won his last two games against Milwaukee this season and he will look to make it three in a row with a strong start. Anderson got lit up by the Cubs in his last game and will look to get some revenge with a much needed win for the Brewers.
The Cubs have gone 9-8 against Milwaukee this season as we enter the final series of the season. The Brewers will host this series, but I believe that Chicago will earn a win to open up this series. The Cubs have the better hitting lineup and pitcher on the mound. Milwaukee has won the last two games against Chicago, but I believe that streak will end with a Cubs win on Thursday night.
BetOnline has Chicago listed as a -120 against the money line for Thursday’s tilt. This implies that the Cubs will win this game around 54.6 percent of the time. I believe that with Quintana on the mound that this is a good line. Chicago has the better team and are in just as intense of a race to the playoffs. I like the Cubs as my pick for Thursday night.