Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 3, 2024 2:20 PM

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May 3, 2024 6:10 AM
Get ready for a thrilling matchup at Wrigley Field on May 3rd as the Chicago Cubs, boasting a solid 10-3 home record, take on the Milwaukee Brewers, who have been impressive on the road with a 12-4 record. The Cubs come into this game with a 19-13 overall record, while the Brewers are close behind at 19-11. A pleasant 68-degree day with an 8% chance of precipitation sets the stage for an exciting afternoon of baseball.
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Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Probable Pitchers

The probable starter for the Milwaukee Brewers, Joe Ross, will look to improve on his 1-3 record and 5.40 ERA when he takes the mound against the Chicago Cubs. Despite his 23 strikeouts in 25 full innings pitched, Ross will need to limit the Cubs' potent offense, which has shown the ability to capitalize on free passes, to secure a much-needed win for the Brewers.

As the Chicago Cubs prepare to face off against the Milwaukee Brewers, they'll be relying on probable starter Hayden Wesneski, who boasts an impressive 0.87 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in his recent outings. With two wins and six strikeouts under his belt, Wesneski is poised to make a strong statement on the mound against the Brewers.

Milwaukee Brewers Analysis

As the Milwaukee Brewers gear up to face their division rivals, the Chicago Cubs, there are a few key statistics that could play a significant role in the outcome of the game. With Joe Ross taking the mound, the Brewers' offense will need to capitalize on their strengths, including their 6th-ranked run production and 4th-ranked batting average. William Contreras's impressive .345 batting average and Willy Adames's 6 home runs could be crucial in generating scoring opportunities. However, the Brewers' 14th-ranked strikeout rate could pose a challenge, especially against a stout Cubs pitching staff. If the Brewers can limit their strikeouts and get runners on base, they'll have a good chance of coming out on top in this critical divisional matchup.

Chicago Cubs Analysis

As the Chicago Cubs prepare to face off against the Milwaukee Brewers, their offense will be relying heavily on key contributors like Mike Tauchman, who leads the team with a .289 batting average, and Michael Busch, who has smashed 6 home runs this season. However, the Cubs' high strikeout rate, ranking tied-9th in the league, could be a concern against a tough Brewers pitching staff. Meanwhile, Cody Bellinger's 17 RBIs will be crucial in driving in runs, especially if the Cubs can capitalize on their 6th-ranked ability to draw walks and reach base. If Hayden Wesneski can get early outs and limit the Brewers' scoring opportunities, the Cubs' 8th-ranked run-scoring offense can potentially outnumber their opponents and secure a vital win.

Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Injuries

Chicago Cubs

  • Kohl Franklin (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Cody Bellinger (CF): 10-Day-IL
  • Justin Steele (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Drew Smyly (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Kyle Hendricks (SP): 15-Day-IL

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Gary Sanchez (C): Day-To-Day
  • Chris Roller (RF): Day-To-Day
  • Brian Navarreto (C): Day-To-Day
  • Logan Blake Henderson (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Christian Arroyo (2B): Day-To-Day

Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Betting Odds

The Chicago Cubs are favored to win, with current odds sitting at -130, a slight increase from the opening line of -125, while the Over/Under for total runs scored is set at 7.5. This suggests the bookmakers anticipate a relatively low-scoring affair with the Cubs emerging victorious.

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Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs Prediction

I'm predicting a thrilling 6-4 Cubs victory, but only if Kris Bryant remembers to bring his A-game (and not his A- minus game, because let's be real, we've all seen that before).

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MLB Player Prop Picks for Brewers vs Cubs

Michael Busch (CHC) Over 0.5 Runs +155
  • Grade: B
  • Expected Value: +1.0%
  • Odds to Hit: 39.6%
  • Bet Units: 0.1
  • Fair Odds: +153
  • Market Width: 61
Michael Busch (CHC) Over 0.5 RBI +185
  • Grade: B
  • Expected Value: +1.0%
  • Odds to Hit: 35.4%
  • Bet Units: 0.1
  • Fair Odds: +182
  • Market Width: 80
William Contreras (C) - MIL Over 0.5 Runs +123
  • They're projected for 0.6 R.
  • In games they had at least 2 at bats:
  • • Season 60.0% (18-12) (impl -150)
  • • Last 25 64.0% (16-9) (impl -178)
  • • Last 20 55.0% (11-9) (impl -122)
  • • Last 15 53.3% (8-7) (impl -114)
  • • Last 10 70.0% (7-3) (impl -233)
  • • Last 5 60.0% (3-2) (impl -150)
  • • Last 3 66.7% (2-1) (impl -200)

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