Brewers vs Cubs Odds & Picks (Aug 19)

Brewers vs Cubs Odds & Picks (Aug 19)

Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Andrew McCutchen celebrating a home run

Aug 18, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Andrew McCutchen (24) reacts after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Brewers begin a three-game set with the Cubbies on Friday afternoon
Milwaukee is a -140 favorite
Who will take the series opener? Read on for the odds, preview, and betting prediction

The Milwaukee Brewers (63-54, 32-30) will begin an important three-game set on Friday, August 19th with the Chicago Cubs. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:20 pm ET. The Brew Crew are currently trailing the Cardinals by three games in the NL Central.

Milwaukee goes with Aaron Ashby on the mound, who hasn’t been the most consistent. The Cubbies hand Keegan Thompson the ball, one of their better arms.

Brewers vs Cubs Odds

Team
Moneyline
Runline
Total
Milwaukee Brewers
-140
TBD
TBD
Chicago Cubs
+118
TBD
TBD

Odds as of August 18th at Caesars Sportsbook. Get Caesars Sportsbook bonus code. 

The Brewers might be a -140 favorite for the series opener, but the Cubbies have won four of their last five against them, including two out of three on the road back in early July.

 

Milwaukee vs Chicago Probable Pitchers

Ashby is certainly a strikeout specialist, sitting down 108 hitters in just 91.1 innings in 2021. But, his 2-10 record and 4.24 ERA don’t look great. He’s also walked 43 batters. The 24-year-old has made 22 appearances in total and 16 starts.

Can’t ask for much more than what Aaron Ashby gave you today.

6 innings. 2 runs. In a big game.

— Hunter Baumgardt (@hunterbonair) August 14, 2022

However, Ashby’s last outing was respectable, holding St. Louis to two earned across six frames, allowing just three hits. Two of them were home runs, though. He tends to pitch well against the Cubs, posting a 2.35 ERA. His ERA also drops to 3.72 in day games.

Ashby vs Thompson

2-10
Record
9-5
4.24
ERA
3.67
91.1
Innings Pitched
100.2
108
Strikeouts
88
43
BB
34

Thompson is in the midst of a solid campaign for the struggling Cubbies, compiling a 9-5 record and 3.67 ERA in 16 starts and 24 appearances overall. He’s also struck out 88 in 100.2 innings while walking 34.

Development of Justin Steele & Keegan Thompson is, obviously, huge for Cubs & what they could do in offseason to upgrade roster.

Among Cubs SPs:

IP – 1st Steele (107.2), 2nd Thompson (100.2)
ERA+ – 1st Steele (114), 2nd Thompson (113)
fWAR – 1st Steele (2.4), 3rd Thompson (1.0)

— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) August 17, 2022

But, the righty is getting hit around lately. Last time out he gave up four earned runs in just 1.2 innings and two starts prior to that, Thompson was lit up by the Cards for 10 hits and five runs. On a more positive note, his ERA is a stellar 2.40 at home. In 2.2 relief innings vs. Milwaukee earlier in the campaign, he didn’t give up a single run, either.

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Brew Crew Need a Sweep

Milwaukee had the division lead for quite some time but started to slump while the Cardinals surged. But, the Brewers are still in reach of St. Louis and a series sweep here of the Cubs could go a long way.

Cutch is having one of those [email protected] | #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/p6v5vj3EUM

— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 18, 2022

Craig Counsell’s squad just split a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the finale on Thursday by a score of 5-3. Andrew McCutchen had an absolute day with two homers, while Hunter Renfroe also went 3 for 3. Corbin Burnes also threw 5.2 solid innings. Hopefully, the Brew Crew can carry the momentum into Friday.

Can Cubs Spoil Milwaukee’s Party Again?

Chicago is in the midst of a very rough campaign, but they’re playing quite well against Milwaukee in recent memory. We know how much these teams do not like each other and at this point, it’s basically about spoiling the Brewers’ party.

Three straight wins!

Contreras: 2-for-4, 2 HR
Ortega: pinch-hit HR
Reyes: 2-for-4, hits in all 8 games w/ Cubs
Sampson: 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 6 [email protected] pic.twitter.com/DIXMsU77k9

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 18, 2022

It does help that the Cubbies are winners of three straight, taking two out of three from the Nationals and then beating the Orioles 3-2 on Thursday. Adrian Sampson tossed 5.2 quality innings of scoreless baseball and Willson Contreras went 2 for 4 with two long balls.

MIL vs CHC – Last 10 Games

Date
Home Team
Away Team
Score
07/06/22
Brewers
Cubs
CHC, 2-1
07/05/22
Brewers
Cubs
CHC, 8-3
07/04/22
Brewers
Cubs
MIL, 5-2
06/01/22
Cubs
Brewers
CHC, 4-3
05/31/22
Cubs
Brewers
CHC, 8-7
05/30/22
Cubs
Brewers
MIL, 3-1
05/30/22
Cubs
Brewers
MIL, 7-6
05/01/22
Brewers
Cubs
CHC, 2-0
04/30/22
Brewers
Cubs
MIL, 9-1
04/29/22
Brewers
Cubs
MIL, 11-1

Brewers vs Cubs Pick

Although Thompson is a little bit shaky across his last few outings, it’s impossible to look past the ERA at Wrigley. For that reason alone, I’m riding the underdog on Friday.

Pick: Cubs (+118)

 

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Quinn Allen is a sports journalist, with a background and education in broadcast journalism (BCIT ’17). He is a full-time associate editor at ClutchPoints by day, where he writes about soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and more. At night, Quinn is a frequent contributor at SBD.

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