Friday, July 24, Chicago, Wrigley Field; 7:10 p.m. ET
Milwaukee Brewers Odds
Brandon Woodruff crashed the 2019 All-Star Game and complete a stellar breakout season with the Brewers thanks to a top fastball. While he didn’t fare as well against the Cubs, Woodruff went 11-3 with a 3.62 ERA over 22 starts and 121 2/3 innings, whiffing 143 and posting a solid 1.14 WHIP.
“Lord willing, I’m out there for the first game the next few years,” Woodruff said. “That means you’re doing something right.” But he has a 6.75 ERA with no decisions in five career appearances (two starts). Milwaukee’s lineup should include Ryan Braun, who went 0-for-4 in the Brewers’ final scrimmage of the summer against the White Sox.
Chicago Cubs odds
The Cubs blasted 256 home runs last season, a franchise record, and right-hander Kyle Hendricks has a 3.08 ERA in 21 career starts (8-6 record) against the Brewers. He has the trust of his former catcher-now-manager David Ross, who said Hendricks is fully stretched out and capable of going to the seventh inning and beyond.
Coming off an 11-10 season in which he posted a 3.46 ERA, Hendricks earned the coveted assignment based on his apparent readiness to go deep into a game. During an intrasquad game on July 14, Hendricks needed just 70 pitches to negotiate 6 1/3 innings.