Chicago has suddenly turned into one of the hottest teams in the MLB. The Cubs were playing bad baseball during the first few weeks of the season, but they have now won four consecutive games. That winning streak includes a 15-2 beatdown over Milwaukee on Friday afternoon. This game will be a rematch and the second game of a three-game set.
Brewers looking to bounce back from blowoutMilwaukee had its three-game winning streak snapped in Friday afternoon’s 15-2 blowout. The Brewers had swept San Diego on the road earlier this week, which catapulted them to first place in the National League Central. They are now just one game ahead of Chicago in the division standings. Milwaukee gave up six runs in the first inning and four more in the second, sealing its fate in the early going. The Brewers have been one of the worst offensive teams in the MLB this year, ranking No. 28 with a team batting average of .209.
They are led by catcher Omar Narvaez, who has 19 hits at a .396 clip. Center fielder Avisail Garcia has added 14 hits, but he is only batting .222. Center fielder Christian Yelich is out with a back injury. The Brewers are going to face a Chicago pitching staff that is No. 20 in the MLB with a team ERA of 4.56. Right-handed pitcher Freddy Peralta will make the start for Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon. Peralta is familiar with Chicago, having faced them two times already this season. He allowed one run across 11 innings in those starts.
Cubs still last in batting averageChicago was one of the most disappointing teams in the MLB to open the season, going 6-9 in its first 15 games. The Cubs scored 13 runs in a win over Atlanta, but their offense was non-existent otherwise. They have now won four consecutive games, including a sweep of the Mets earlier this week. Chicago can clinch another series win with a victory in this game. The Cubs are now one game behind Milwaukee in the division standings, but all five teams are within 2.5 games of the lead. They have really boosted their offensive numbers with some blowout wins, but Chicago is still dead-last in team batting average.
The Cubs are led by third baseman Kris Bryant, who has 20 hits and is batting .313. Shortstop Javy Baez and catcher Wilson Contreras both have six home runs, which is the top number on the team. Anthony Rizzo has added 16 hits. They are going to face a Milwaukee pitching staff that is third-best in the MLB with a team ERA of 2.71. Right-handed pitcher Adbert Alzolay will take the mound for the Cubs on Saturday afternoon. He will be called up from the alternate training site to make his third start of the year against the Brewers. Alzolay allowed three runs across 5.1 innings in his last start, which was on April 12.
- 5-0 in its last five road games
- 5-0 in its last five road games vs. a right-handed starter
- 1-4 in its last five divisional games
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Chicago has been taking the early money in this matchup, which is not surprising. The Cubs are one of the most public teams in the MLB and bettors love to wager on them. They are coming off one of the most dominant games of the 2021 season, which has made this an even more public bet. I like Milwaukee, though. Peralta has shut down Chicago in both of his games against them this season and the Cubs have not been able to consistently string runs together. The Brewers saved their top bullpen arms after Friday’s game got away from them early.
Full-Game Total Pick
Milwaukee has been one the best under teams in the MLB in 2021. The Brewers have been one of the best pitching teams, but their offense has really struggled. They have now gone under at a 10-1-1 clip in their last 12 games during the second game of a series. Chicago has had a few dominant offensive outings, but it has been the worst team in the MLB outside of those. I am not confident that Friday’s momentum is going to carry over. Chicago has gone under in its last five games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.