The Milwaukee Brewers host the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night for the second game of the three-game series. Milwaukee won the series opener by a score of 6-3, and the Brewers have taken three of four games from the Cubs to begin the season.
Chicago comes into Tuesday night having lost three straight games and five of their last six. The Cubs have gone just 4-6 to begin the season, and this was not the start that the front office or manager David Ross was looking for.
Milwaukee has now won three straight games and five of their last six overall. The Brewers sit in second place in the National League Central with an overall record of 6-4 through the first 10 games.
The Milwaukee Brewers are -140 over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
Chicago Cubs Preview: Hendricks Needs to Be Great
If the Cubs are going to turn their season around then, it needs to start with the pitching staff. Chicago just hasn’t been able to find any sustained offense this season, and they can’t afford to give up many runs.
It will be the Cubs ace, Kyle Hendricks, on the mound for this matchup with the Brewers on Tuesday. Hendricks has gone 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA to begin the 2021 season, and he struggled against the Brewers in his most recent start.
The Cubs have managed just 49 total hits through the first 10 games of the year, setting a Major League record in the process. This is the least amount of hits that any team has managed to record during a 10-game stretch since the 1901 season.
Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have both hit three home runs to lead this team, but the Cubs have been awful at the plate. David Ross is looking for a spark, and expect some lineup changes to be coming soon in Chicago.
Milwaukee Brewers Preview: Brewers Still Need More Offense
The Milwaukee Brewers might be riding a three-game winning streak heading into Tuesday night, but this team still needs some more offense. Milwaukee has scored 4.4 runs per game, but some big games have helped boost that number.
Christian Yelich has started to turn things around for the Brewers, leading the team with a .333 batting average. Lorenzo Cain has hit two home runs to tie for the team lead, and Milwaukee is going to need to find more power as the season moves along.
Brandon Woodruff takes the ball for Milwaukee on Tuesday night, and he has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball. Woodruff has not had a decision this season but has pitched to a very impressive 2.45 ERA.
The Brewers do possess one of the best bullpens in Major League Baseball, and that unit is able to shut down an opponent when given a lead.
Game Prediction: Brewers Beat Cubs Again
This matchup has turned into one of the best rivalries in baseball, and these two teams simply don’t like each other. Milwaukee has gotten the better of Chicago to begin this season, but that could always change at any time.
The pitching matchup of Hendricks vs. Woodruff should be one of the best of the night, and the bats will remain silent for each team. The Brewers want to stay on this winning streak, while the Cubs are desperate to turn things around.
Don’t expect a ton of offense in this game, but the Brewers have actually shown the ability to score runs when needed. It’s just not smart to bet on the Cubs at this point of the season, and betting the Milwaukee Brewers -140 is the right play.
Final Score: Milwaukee Brewers 4 – Chicago Cubs 2
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