MLB Betting: Brewers vs Cubs odds
Two of the top teams in the National League Central Division will square off in their season opener on Friday, as the Chicago Cubs will host the Milwaukee Brewers. Wrigley Field will be empty, but the Wrigley rooftops will be hosting fans, so there will be a small fan base able to see the live action. Let’s take a closer look at how these teams arrive to this Brewers vs Cubs affair so you can make your bets against their MLB odds.
MLB Brewers vs Cubs Betting Preview (Fri)
The Cubs were a disappointment in 2019, as they finished a distant third in the NL Central. The Brewers finished behind the Cardinals, but were able to clinch a wild card playoff berth. Both of these teams have strong playoff aspirations this year, so with a 60 game schedule, every divisional game will be that much more important.
The Brewers will start Brandon Woodruff, and the Cubs will hand the ball to Kyle Hendricks. Woodruff had a stellar 2019 campaign, going 11-3 with a 3.62 ERA. The Brewers are looking for big things from Woodruff this season.
Hendricks, who has always started off the season slowly, went 11-10 with a 3.46 ERA. Hendricks has great command, and very rarely walks hitters. The Cubs are hoping that by avoiding the cold weather of the early season that Hendricks will be in mid-season form.
The Brewers offense will be led by one of the game’s top players in Christian Yelich. Yelich had a great 2019 campaign, hitting .329 with 44 home runs and 97 RBI. Yelich will be joined in the Brewers lineup by Lorenzo Cain, up-and-coming Keston Hiura, Orlando Arcia, and newly acquired Avisail Garcia. The Brewers have a formidable lineup, and should be able to put some runs on the board.
The Chicago Cubs won’t have much offensive change from 2019. The Cubs offense will be led by Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, and Willson Contreras. Bryant hasn’t put up the power numbers that he did in his MVP season, so he’ll be looking to make the most of the shortened season. Javier Baez is in contract extension talks, so he’ll be looking to post huge numbers. Kyle Schwarber finished 2019 on a tear, and will be looking to pick up right where he left off.
If this game comes down to the bullpens, the Brewers should have the edge. With Josh Hader at the back end of the bullpen, the Brewers can trot out one of the games top closers to seal the victory. The Cubs bullpen has been one of their major weaknesses over the last two seasons. The Cubs will start 2020 with a totally revamped bullpen with the exception of closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel was signed at mid-season in 2019 and was shaky throughout the season. If the Cubs want to contend for a playoff spot, they’ll need Kimbrel to be the closer that he was when he was with the Boston Red Sox.
With the over/under at 8.5, and the Cubs at -123, the betting world is predicting a low scoring affair favoring the Chicago Cubs. Pitching always seems to have the advantage over the hitting in the early season, but with the Cubs lineup, that could change on Friday. This should be a good game to open the season!