After losing the first two games of the series, it appeared that the Chicago Cubs for a repeat of last year’s struggles against the Milwaukee Brewers. However, the Cubs showed signs of life and earned just their eighth victory in 25 tries on Tuesday.
It surely wasn’t the pitching from either side that prevailed as the Cubs earned an 8-7 victory. As a result, the Cubs will have the chance to earn a split of the four-game series on Wednesday night.
Chicago’s bats showed signs of life as well, with three different Cubs hitting a home run and five different players driving in runs, including a P.J. Higgins’ pinch-hit home run.
Relief pitching has been a major factor so far in this series, as both teams’ bullpens have let up a good amount of runs in the middle to late innings.
The Cubs did get some solid relief work from Mychal Givens and closer David Robertson in the late innings after erasing a three-run deficit. Robertson earned his seventh save.
Offensively, Higgins started the comeback with a two-run homer and Patrick Wisdom got to be the hero with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth that proved to be the difference.
Bullpens prove crucial once again.
The Milwaukee Brewers enter the contest three games ahead of St. Louis and 11 games ahead of the Cubs in the National League Central with a record of 32-18, Tuesday’s loss snapped a three-game winning streak.
Victor Caratini hit a three-run homer for Milwaukee, which also got two hits from Rowdy Tellez, including a tying RBI single.
Brewers vs Cubs Head-to-Head
The teams have met nine times already this season and Milwaukee holds a 5-4 edge.
For the finale, the Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound. Hendricks has certainly been less than stellar, entering with a 2-5 record and 5.20 ERA. The Cubs have given up the fourth-most home runs and it doesn’t help that Hendricks has given up nearly 20 percent of them.
On the other side, the Brewers send unknown Jason Alexander to the hill. Alexander will be making his major league debut. But with the injuries to cornerstones of their rotation in Freddy Peralta and Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee knew it would likely be in this situation at some point.
While it may have been ugly, the Cubs got it done on Tuesday, and at home no less. While I’m not necessarily confident in taking the Cubs to win their second in a row, you almost have to consider them with Milwaukee trotting someone out to the mound who will be making his first career appearance.
It seems that neither teams’ bullpen seems up to the task of holding down a lead, so this one could really go either way. Because of that, the over is the pick for this game.
Zachary Rainey grew up in a town 45 minutes from Boston with a passion for his area teams. A 2017 graduate from Indiana State University, Rainey went to work in newspapers before choosing to make the jump to digital content production in 2021 and landing full time with BetUS in the spring of 2022. Even in his spare time, Rainey takes in all of the sports content he can so he can give you the best information out there before placing your bets. Despite growing up in the northeast, Rainey has shown to have a grasp of the college football landscape, hitting on over 55 percent of his bets over the last three seasons including a 7-0-2 run to close out last year’s Bowl Season.