Cubs Faces Milwaukee Brewers in Inter-Division Showdown

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Cubs and Brewers in a Slugfest for NL Central

For the second time in a week, the Milwaukee Brewers will take on the Chicago Cubs. It is a battle for top spot in the National League Central. The Cubs own a one-game lead over the Brewers. That lead has been slipping over the past two weeks.

This three-game set may determine who walks away as the NL Central champs.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Wisconsin, Dish455 (Milwaukee), WGN (Chicago)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Jhoulys Chacin (14-6, 3.59 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jose Quintana (12-9, 4.14)

Odds: Cubs are -125-moneyline favorites. The Total is 8.5 Under -120.

Milwaukee’s bullpen came up big in Monday’s 3-2 victory. The Brewers won for the seventh time in eight contests and pulled within one game of the first-place Cubs.

Brewers are Hot at the Right Time

The BrewCrew are winners of 8 of their last 10 and coming off of a sweep over the San Francisco Giants. They Brewers are one of the hottest teams in the Bigs’ right now.

CF Christian Yelich has been a big part of that success. He is on pace to set career highs in hits, homeruns and RBI, and is the backbone of the Brewers’ outfield. Yelich has reached base in 26 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NL.

Lorenzo Cain had four hits while Orlando Arcia and Jonathan Schoop each drove in a run for the Brewers in the win. Milwaukee has won six of their last eight matchups against the Cubs.

The Brewers (83-62) moved a season-high 21 games over .500. Josh Hader struck out all six batters he faced in relief. Jeremy Jeffress recorded his 11th save.

Chacin is facing the Cubs for the second straight start. He allowed five runs (three earned) over 4 2/3 innings in a 6-4 loss on Friday. He is 4-5 with a 3.09 ERA in 10 career games (nine starts) against the Cubs. That includes being 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA in three outings across 17 2/3 innings this season.

Cubs Have Seen Lead Erode

Chicago (83-60) lost for the fifth time in seven games. They were held to five hits. Two were from Ben Zobrist, who is 11-for-32 with four multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. The Cubs are in the middle of 30 straight game days.

They are looking to get back on track following a lost weekend against Washington. It included two losses in a doubleheader Saturday before Sunday’s series finale at Washington was rained out. It was rescheduled for this Thursday.

Quintana flashed a dazzling fastball and earned the win in Wednesday’s 6-4 victory against Milwaukee. He allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He is 5-2 with a 1.78 ERA in nine career starts versus the Brewers. That includes a 3-1 with a 2.64 mark in five outings this season.

Daniel Murphy is 8-for-18 with two home runs against Chacin, who owns a 1-4 record and a 3.77 mark in five career starts at Wrigley Field.

PREDICTION: Cubs 6, Brewers 4


Recent Form

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Chi Cubs83-60$183.0019-1264-4874-439-1764-75-40.76
Pitchers Last 3 Starts

J Chacin (14-6) ERA: 3.59

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Sep 5, 2018CHCL4-6O4.2-$100.00
Aug 31, 2018WSHW4-1U6.1$108.00
Aug 25, 2018PITL1-9O6-$100.00

J Quintana (12-9) ERA: 4.14

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Sep 5, 2018MILW6-4O6.2$97.00
Aug 31, 2018PHIL1-2U6-$100.00
Aug 25, 2018CINW10-6O5$58.00


Milwaukee’s relievers have pitched 11.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Chi Cubs’s relievers have pitched 13.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Milwaukee Brewers – J Chacin

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Sep 5, 20186-4CHC4.275315Loss
Aug 14, 20187-0MIL7300210Win
Jun 13, 20181-0MIL640037Win
Jun 20, 20174-0CHC652236Loss
Sep 27, 20127-5COL573342Win

Chicago Cubs – J Quintana

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Sep 5, 20186-4CHC6.252225Win
Aug 14, 20187-0MIL565515Loss
Jun 11, 20187-2CHC642223No Decision
Apr 28, 20183-0CHC720017Win
Apr 8, 20183-0CHC630026Win


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense4.52154.036
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense4.40154.4819
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense4.7964.2113
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense5.0064.2612

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
Sp 10, 2018MIL3CHC2-1358.5UWade Miley (L)Jon Lester (L)1155499
Sep 5, 2018CHC6MIL4-1078.5OJose Quintana (L)Jhoulys Chacin (R)1381387
Sp 4, 2018CHC1MIL11-1059OMike Montgomery (L)Wade Miley (L)51019108
Sep 3, 2018CHC3MIL41118.5UCole Hamels (L)Zach Davies (R)67241110
Aug 15, 2018MIL4CHC8-1449OJunior Guerra (R)Kyle Hendricks (R)91334107
Aug 14, 2018MIL7CHC0-1409.5UJhoulys Chacin (R)Jose Quintana (L)113121212
Jn 13, 2018CHC0MIL1-1128.5UMike Montgomery (L)Jhoulys Chacin (R)6432136
Jun 12, 2018CHC0MIL4-1029UTyler Chatwood (R)Chase Anderson (R)2723810
Jn 11, 2018CHC7MIL21128OJose Quintana (L)Junior Guerra (R)10862119
Apr 29, 2018MIL0CHC2-1428.5UZach Davies (R)Tyler Chatwood (R)254265

MLB Betting Odds & Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Milwaukee Brewers

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 108-25-13-15-13-15-55-13-1
vs Div30-3217-1513-1721-1511-1728-32-27-523-27
vs AL10-75-25-58-34-45-11-10-210-5
vs NL73-5540-2533-3048-2529-3065-60-321-1652-39

Chicago Cubs

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 104-60-14-53-32-26-40-24-4
vs Div34-3018-916-2134-202-926-35-33-231-28
vs AL11-67-34-310-41-28-93-08-6
vs NL72-5437-2235-3264-3712-1656-66-416-1256-42
Team Last 5 Games

Milwaukee Brewers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Spt 10, 2018CHC3-2W1258.5W Miley5J LesterA
Sep 9, 2018SF6-3W-1458Zach Davies5M BumgarnerH
Spt 8, 2018SF4-3W-1908.5G Gonzalez5.2Chris StrattonH
Sep 7, 2018SF4-2W-1788.5C Anderson5D HollandH
Spt 5, 2018CHC4-6L-1078.5J Chacin4.2J QuintanaH

Chicago Cubs

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Sep 10, 2018MIL2-3L-1358.5J Lester5.2W MileyH
Spt 8, 2018WSH5-6L-1639C Hamels5.2Jefry RodriguezA
Sep 8, 2018WSH3-10L1808J Garcia0.1M ScherzerA
Spt 6, 2018WSH6-4W-1078.5K Hendricks5S StrasburgA
Sep 5, 2018MIL6-4W-1038.5J Quintana6.2J ChacinA

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