Cubs vs. Brewers Odds & Picks: How To Bet On Milwaukee
Stacy Revere/Getty Images. Pictured: Brandon Woodruff.
- Kyle Hendricks and Brandon Woodruff square off on Tuesday night for the second time this season.
- While the Brewers' offense has come through at times this season, the Cubs' is looking for anything to get going.
- MLB betting analyst Jeff Hicks breaks down how he's backing Milwaukee at American Family Field.
Editor’s Note: Kyle Hendricks was scratched from Tuesday’s start after not feeling well prior to the game. Alec Mills will start in his place.
Cubs vs. Brewers Odds
|Time||Tuesday, 7:40 p.m. ET|
|Odds as of Monday and via DraftKings|
The National League Central is a jumbled mess heading into the second full week of the MLB season. This applies to the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers in multiple ways.
Kyle Hendricks has been anything but his surgical self on the mound, and the Brewers have a positive but inconsistent offense.
The two movable forces will collide on Tuesday night, and one will prevail.
Hendricks has depended on his ability to pitch out of trouble to combat his early walk issues in his first two starts. That issue has been exacerbated by Chicago’s inability to hit the ball.
The Cubs had the worst strikeout percentage in the National League heading into action Monday. That is unlikely to improve against Brandon Woodruff and his 10.64 Strikeouts per nine innings to start 2021.
A beacon of hope in a bleak outlook for Chicago has been Kris Bryant. He is walking and slugging, including a solo home run on Monday night, and has been an above-average player in almost two weeks of play (151 Weighted Runs Created Plus). For what it is worth, his 0.4 WAR is 0.1 lower than his 2020 WAR.
One batter an offense does not make, though.
Here’s some historical perspective on the Cubs’ bad start at the plate, which continued on Monday night aside from Bryant’s home run:
From Cubs historian Ed Hartig:
The Cubs' 49 hits are the fewest hits by the team over 10 consecutive games in a season since at least 1901. That's *any* 10-game stretch — not just the first 10 games of a season. The previous low was 51 hits from Sept. 17-29, 1968.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 13, 2021
I dig Woodruff. His xFIP is a tick lower than his 2.45 ERA to start 2021 and is a blossoming ace in baseball. He just needs his offensive teammates to figure out what they are.
It starts with Christian Yelich, who had been hitting well prior to sitting out with back issues Monday. No Yelich means less excitement on offense (sorry, Avisaíl García). Even with Yelich, the offense has stalled when they have needed to prevail (see Opening Day against Kenta Maeda). The Cubs are one of two N.L. teams with a lower Offensive WAR than the Brewers.
Woodruff needs run support to continue to get the praise and results he has earned so far.
Neither team is exciting or performing to expectations. I enjoy seeing Hendricks and Woodruff pitch, but both are battling themselves or their own teammates.
I prefer to avoid the moneyline or run lines in this game with so much uncertainty attached to each team. Based on the small sample sizes from each team, one team has a slight edge and little juice attached to them winning.
Pick: Brewers -1 Alternate Run Line -103 (play between -120 and plus money)