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Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 5/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Brewers (24-18) at Chicago Cubs (22-19)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Paolo Espino (0-0) (0.00) vs. E Butler (1-0) (0.00)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -160 / Milwaukee Brewers +140 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago

MLB baseball comes to Wrigley Field Friday when the Chicago Cubs host the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Milwaukee Brewers look to hold on to their surprising lead in the National League Central when they visit Wrigley Field for a weekend series. The Brewers picked up another win Thursday by a 4-2 count at San Diego behind outstanding work on the mound. Brew Crew starter Zach Davies gave up both runs on five hits and a pair of bases on balls through six frames for a no decision while three relievers tosses scoreless baseball. Milwaukee posted nine hits and walked four times with Eric Sogard went 4-4 with three runs knocked in while Keon Broxton and Orlando Arcia scoring two times each. The Brewers have called up Paolo Espino from AAA to make his major league debut on Friday. The 30 year career minor leaguer is 4-0 in seven starts with a 2.54 ERA covering 35 innings of work in 2017.

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 5/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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After winning the World Series last season, many have said the early season struggles of the Chicago Cubs is a hangover. The Cubs are looking to awake from their early season funk and looked wide awake Thursday in a 9-5 win versus visiting Cincinnati. Cubbies starter Jon Lester picked up the win with three runs allowed over six innings with a pair of relievers giving up a run each. Chicago posted nine hits and walked nine times with Javier Baez going 3-3 with a homer, five RBI’s and a pair of runs while Kris Bryant leaving the yard and scoring twice. Addison Russell also gave the Cubs a pair of runs and every starter but one scored and or recorded an RBI. The Chicago Cubs give the ball to Eddie Butler for his second start of the season. Butler was outstanding in a 3-2 win at St. Louis with a two hit, three walk performance over six scoreless innings.

The over is 20-7-1 in Milwaukee last 28 overall and the over is 20-7-1 in Milwaukee last 28 on grass. The over is 11-1 in Chicago last 12 home games and the under is 9-3-1 in Chicago last 13 Friday games while the over is 20-7 in Chicago last 27 overall. The over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago and Milwaukee  are 8-20 in the last 28 meetings in Chicago.

I don’t know what we’ll see from Espino so perhaps something on the over the way these teams can hit and score…

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