Wrigley Field is the venue and on the mound the monday night pitching matchup has Brewers southpaw Randy Wolf (4-4,
3.49 ERA) slated to oppose Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.96
The Milwaukee Brewers are 8-2 in their last 10 games, including a
weekend home sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. Ron Roenicke’s squad
makes a short trip south for Monday night’s road-set opener against the Chicago
Cubs, who enter the series on a 2-11 slide in their last 13 contests.
Sportsbooks opened Wolf as a -120 moneyline road favorite, with the ‘total’
initially left off the MLB betting board.
Milwaukee Brewers (38-28)
Wolf picked up a third straight no-decision in Wednesday’s 7-6 win
for Milwaukee as a 155 home betting odds favorite against the New York Mets. The
13-year veteran allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings (109 pitches), while logging
Brewers reliever Kameron Loe recorded a blown save, giving up five
runs, while Milwaukee’s John Axford allowed no hits in the game’s final frame
for the win. The duo was helped by two homers from mate Prince
Fielder, while Nyjer Morgan drove in the battle’s winning run with a
The slugfest’s combined 13 runs soared ‘over’ the ‘total’ of
nine which Bob Harvey had alluded to. Milwaukee edged out the Mets in hits, 10-9, including two
doubles from outfielder Ryan Braun as part of a 3-for-4 night.
The Brewers are 13-19 in their first 32 road games, with the
‘under’ going 18-13-1. Braun and Co. have hit .227 against
right-handed pitching in that span.
Chicago Cubs (25-39)
Dempster notched a win in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory for Chicago as a
124 road dog against the Cincinnati Reds. The 34-year-old went six
innings (113 pitches), allowing the Reds’ sole run on three hits.
Three Cubs relievers united to hold Cincinnati’s lineup to one hit
in the remaining three frames. Chicago’s Kerry Wood and Sean
Marshall recorded holds, while closer Carlos Marmol logged a save.
The contest’s combined five runs plunged below the ‘total’ of
nine. Cubs infielders Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez cracked homers,
while their mate Kosuke Fukudome poked two doubles.
Chicago is 12-19 in its first 31 home dates, with the ‘over’ going
18-13. Pena and Co. have hit .285 against lefties in that stretch.
Head to head and tonights prediction
Milwaukee is 2-1 in three meetings against the Cubs, with the
‘over’ also going 2-1. The April series at Miller Park saw the
Brewers outscore Chicago by a combined margin of 16-12.
Monday’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (ET). The
weather forecast in Chicago calls for a clear 60-degree evening, with 10 mph
winds blowing outward to center field.
This handicapper is backing
the Dempster and the Cubs, agreeing with early betting ‘steam’ and taking a
price of minus 105.
Chicago is 6-1 in Dempster’s last seven starts against the
Brewers. September’s most recent outing for Dempster saw the Cubs
hold on for a 1-0 win as 107 road dogs.
Dempster gave up just three hits in seven innings on that
occasion, while ringing up eight strikeouts.
Wolf logged a loss in his most recent start against Chicago,
giving up two homers in a 7-4 defeat for the Brewers as 113 home favorites on
April 8. A road outing will not get any easier for Wolf, who has a
sizable 1.33 WHIP and .331 in his seven starts away from home.
Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is 7-for-22 lifetime against Wolf,
including three homers. The Puerto Rico native had a homer and
double in Thursday’s 4-3 extra-inning win for Chicago against the Philadelphia
Phillies (which left Jasonal_98 with some review work to do!).
Look for a tight duel between the NL Central rivals, with
Chicago’s lineup edging out the “Brew Crew” to end a three-game losing streak.