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The Cubs continue to inject suspense into the last two-plus weeks of the National League Central race. Their 1-0 loss Friday night in Milwaukee dropped them to 26-20 and kept them from upping their division lead on St. Louis, which lost at home to Cincinnati.
Chicago’s inconsistency with the bats continued. Over the past three games, the Cubs have scored zero, eight and zero runs, making it hard to mount the kind of winning streak they had earlier in the year. Willson Contreras went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts a night after going 4-for-4 with two doubles.
Kyle Hendricks (5-4, 3.41 ERA), who spun a three-hit shutout on Opening Night against the Brewers, makes the start. He has won his past two outings, ceding just two runs over 14 innings.
Milwaukee Brewers Odds
With little room for error (or errors), the Brewers got a big win Friday night. They improved their record to 20-22 and picked up ground on St. Louis for second in the division, a spot that will earn an automatic playoff bid.
Offense continues to be an issue for Milwaukee, which managed just three hits in six innings off Jon Lester and his 5.05 ERA. But the hot bat of Jedd Gyorko came up with a ninth-inning single that set the stage for Ryan Braun’s game-winning sacrifice fly.
The Brewers are hoping for a turnaround from Brett Anderson (2-3, 4.64 ERA), who has allowed 15 hits and eight runs in 10 innings during his past two starts. He lost to the Cubs on Aug. 13, yielding two runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Cubs at Brewers Betting Pick for September 12, 2020
Hendricks’ recent form is big news for Chicago, which stands a better chance of being a postseason threat if he remains a reliable No. 2 behind Cy Young Award candidate Yu Darvish. This looks like a good spot for the Cubs to square up the series and move a step closer to a division title.
Cubs at Brewers Betting Pick: Cubs (-115), Brewers (+105)
Cubs 4, Brewers 3
Cubs at Brewers Best Bet for September 12, 2020
There are few hot sticks in either team’s lineup. The Brewers are batting .227 as a team, just ahead of the Cubs (.226), and neither is in the top half of the majors in runs scored. Factor in pitching staffs that both rank in the top 10 in batting average against, and this is a night to play the under.
Cubs at Brewers Best Bet: UNDER 8.5 total runs (-106).