The Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers will wrap up their crucial National League Central Division series tonight as they fight for first place. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm Central Standard Time and the game can be seen on National Television on ESPN. It will take place at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs are favorites at -157 and the over/under is 8.5 runs. The weather forecast calls for a beautiful night with no rain in the area.
The Brewers enter tonight’s game in desperation mode. After taking the first game of the series on Monday night and pulling within 1 game of the Cubs, they put up a dud of a performance on Tuesday night and got shut out 3-0. With the Cubs lead back up to 2 games, the Brewers can’t afford to lose tonight and fall back 3 games with only 18 games left in the regular season.
The good news for the Brewers is that they are in the top Wild Card slot and are in good shape for a postseason birth, even if it isn’t as a division champ.
Tonight they will give the ball to Chase Anderson. He is 9-7 on the year with an ERA of 3.95. Anderson has pitched good of late and just gave up 3 total runs in his last two starts.
The Cubs will counter tonight with Kyle Hendricks. He is 11-10 so far this season with an ERA of 3.71. Hendricks has been outstanding down the stretch here. He has only given up 4 total runs in his last four starts. He hasn’t walked more than 2 batters since July and is peaking at the perfect time.
Offensively the Cubs will need to try and score early against Anderson. He is known to have choppy first and second innings but then will settle in to the game.
Tonight’s game will have a playoff atmosphere. Wrigley Field will be packed and the Chicago fans will be loud. Enjoy the show!
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