Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Tip-off: Friday, April 19, 2013 – 8:10 PM ET
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Chicago: Samardzija (1-2, 2.75 ERA)
- Milwaukee: Estrada (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
The Milwaukee Brewers swept the San Francisco Giants and now YouWager experts believe the team appears to be playing with a higher level of confidence heading into their three-game series versus the Chicago Cubs.
With their early difficulties behind them, tonight the surging Milwaukee team looks for their 16th victory in 18 home games versus Chicago and fifth straight win overall.
Riding a club-record scoreless streak and three innings shy of falling to 2-9, Milwaukee (6-8) appeared to gain a different kind of energy Sunday when they scored four runs over the final three innings in a 4-3, 10-inning win versus the St. Louis Cardinals.
The positive energy from that victory carried over into their series versus the Giants as they wrapped up a three-game sweep with a 7-2 win last night.
Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Yovani Gallardo homered, and Gallardo also allowed one earned run over six innings in his first start since being arrested on a drunken driving charge.
Now Milwaukee has an opportunity to keep things rolling versus the Cubs who they’ve dominated at home in recent years. They’ve won five straight versus Chicago at Miller Park and outscored them 82-56 during a 15-2 run that dates to April 9, 2011.
Starting for Milwaukee will be Marco Estrada as he looks to come out victorious in his fourth straight start versus Chicago.
Estrada (1-0, 4.50 ERA) gave up two runs over seven innings in a 7-4 victory at Wrigley Field on April 8. the Mexico native gone 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA while striking out 27 over 24 innings in four starts versus the Cubs.
Shortstop Starlin Castro has really worked up Estrada, going 5 for 12 with two doubles and a triple. The 23 year-old is also batting .356 (16 for 45) with seven extra-base hits and five RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.
Starting for the Cubs (5-9) will be right-hander Jeff Samardzija as the team begins a 10-game road trip.
After shutting out the Pittsburgh Pirates over eight innings in an opening-day win, Samardzija (1-2, 2.75) has allowed six runs in 11 2/3 innings while dropping his last two starts. According to the MLB betting odds, the 28 year-old is 0-2 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts versus the Brewers.