Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs - 4/5/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Cubs (2-1) vs Milwaukee Brewers (1-2)
Game Info: Monday, April 5, 2021 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)
Trevor Williams (0-0) (0.00) vs Brett Anderson (0-0) (0.00)
Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -120 / Milwaukee Brewers +100 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs will host the Milwaukee Brewers this Monday in the first of a three game set. They split their season series in 2020.
Chicago will come into this game having won 2 in a row after a 4-3 win against the Pirates on Sunday. Zach Davies got the win, going 5.2 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 5 strikeouts. From the dish the Cubs only had 3 hits but drew 7 walks. They were a combined 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Ian Happ hit a solo shot for his first home run of the year. Chicago has a .143 team batting average to start the season, second worst in the bigs through three games. Kris Bryant leads the team with a .333 batting average, 1 HR and 2 RBI.
The Cubs will start righty Trevor Williams against the Brewers. In 2020 he was 2-8 with a 6.18 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts. In spring training he was 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 11 strikeouts.
Milwaukee has lost two in a row after falling 8-2 to the Twins in their last game. The bullpen was rocked for 6 runs in 4 innings. From the plate the Brewers managed just 5 hits and were 1-4 with runners in scoring position. Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the first time this season, also the first for a struggling Brewers offense. Milwaukee has a .170 team batting average through their first three, 4th worst in the majors. Omar Narvaez leads the team with a .375 batting average.
The Brewers will send out lefty Brett Anderson on Monday. In 2020 he was 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 32 strikeouts. During spring training he was 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts.
Both teams have been bad from the plate this season, but the Cubs should have the edge offensively. The Cubs lineup has a .380 career batting average against Brewers starter Brett Anderson with 2 HR in 52 at bats. In addition to their recent struggles, the Brewers had a collective .217 average against right handed pitching in 2020. Trevor Williams was hit hard by the Brewers in his one start against them in 2020, but he had a great spring in which he only walked one batter. He should be able to make life difficult for Milwaukee. Give me the Cubs to win.