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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

FinishedTV: Marquee Sports Network | Bally Sports NetworkWrigley Field Chicago

953Milwaukee Brewers
954Chicago Cubs

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-108
CU
9o -110
-1.5 +188
ML
450
425
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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs Recap APR 7TH 2021

Orlando Arcia had three hits and scored three times, including the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers won their third consecutive game against the Chicago Cubs with a 6-5 victory Sunday.

Arcia and Keston Hiura hit home runs, while Ryan Braun drove in the game-winning run with a single in his second career game in the leadoff spot. Luis Urias also had three hits and scored two runs for Milwaukee.

The Brewers took three of the four games in the series from the Cubs, who had not lost consecutive games all season before this weekend.

Steven Souza had a two-run double for the Cubs, after taking over in right field for Jason Heyward, who was a late scratch because of mid-back tightness. Jason Kipnis had a two-run single for the Cubs.

Neither starter fared well. Brewers right-hander Josh Lindblom gave up five runs on three hits and four walks in five innings with eight strikeouts. Cubs left-hander Jon Lester gave up five runs on nine hits over six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Lester entered after holding opponents to a .111 batting average over his first three starts.

The Cubs got going early with an RBI single from Kyle Schwarber in the first inning, followed immediately by Souza's two-run double.

The Brewers tied the game with one swing as Hiura's three-run home run to center field evened the score 3-3. It was his fifth of the season. Arcia made it 5-3 in the fifth with a two-run home run, his first.

The Cubs got even at 5-5 with Kipnis' two-run single in the sixth off Lindblom, with the Brewers going back on top at 6-5 on Braun's RBI single one inning later off right-hander Jason Adam (0-1). Earlier Sunday, Adam was added to the active roster when right-hander Tyler Chatwood went on the 10-day injured list with a back strain.

Right-hander Eric Yardley (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the victory, while Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.

The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo walked twice, reached base on an error and scored a run. The Cubs are 1-3 to begin their season-long 12-game homestand that continues this week with a pair of doubleheaders against the St. Louis Cardinals.

--Field Level Media

Almost one week into the 2021 season, there will be an Opening Day reset for right-handers Brandon Woodruff of the Milwaukee Brewers and Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs.

The two will square off Wednesday afternoon at Chicago's Wrigley Field, six days after each started the season for their respective teams with an outing that failed to meet expectations.

Woodruff lasted just four innings in the Brewers' season opener Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, giving up three early runs as Milwaukee fell into a 3-1 hole after four innings before they rallied for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings.

If there was a positive for Woodruff, it was that all three of his runs allowed came on two-strike pitches with two outs. He said he was off his game because he was not able to locate his fastball.

After scoring just five runs in three consecutive defeats, the Brewers looked a bit more settled Tuesday, getting a three-run home run from Travis Shaw and a solo shot from Omar Narvaez in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs. Three Milwaukee pitchers, starting with Freddy Peralta, held the Cubs to one hit.

"Everything's kind of magnified early in the season," Shaw said. "Guys can feel that at times, but I mean, it's Game 5. You go 3-for-4 in a game and everything's all right. We score nine in one game and everything's going to be all right. We're in a good spot."

In 13 starts last season, Woodruff was limited to 12 outs just once, in a game where he gave up just two runs to the Cincinnati Reds but made 91 pitches. In eight career appearances against the Cubs (six starts), Woodruff is 0-1 with a 4.65 ERA.

Hendricks (0-1) had an even shorter opener than Woodruff, lasting three innings while giving up three runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. The Cubs fell 5-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday and did not lose again until they fell to the Brewers on Tuesday.

After delivering a 2.88 ERA in 12 starts last season and finishing ninth in National League Cy Young voting, Hendricks will look to improve in his second home start. He did not have a start shorter than 4 1/3 innings last season.

In 23 career starts against the Brewers, Hendricks is 9-6 with a sparkling 2.84 ERA over 136 1/3 innings. It is his most starts and innings pitched against any team in his career.

Run support for Hendricks will be a priority after the Cubs had just a fourth-inning double from Kris Bryant on Tuesday. Peralta gave the Brewers five scoreless innings, Brent Suter had three and Brad Boxberger had a scoreless ninth in his Brewers debut.

The Cubs might have gained inspiration from a ninth-inning incident when Boxberger hit Willson Contreras with a pitch. Contreras, who was also hit in the helmet by a pitch Monday, took exception with both benches clearing. The teams did not come to blows.

"It's just scary right now," Cubs manager David Ross said. "At some point, you have to be better. You can't just continue to try to pitch in and hit guys. You've got to be better."

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

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W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @San Diego W 6 - 0
  • @San Diego W 3 - 1
  • Pittsburgh L 6 - 5
  • Pittsburgh W 1 - 7
  • Pittsburgh L 6 - 1
  • Chi. Cubs W 0 - 7
  • Chi. Cubs L 3 - 2
  • Chi. Cubs W 3 - 6
  • @St. Louis W 9 - 3
  • @St. Louis W 9 - 5
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • NY Mets W 1 - 3
  • Atlanta L 13 - 4
  • Atlanta W 4 - 13
  • Atlanta L 5 - 2
  • @Milwaukee L 0 - 7
  • @Milwaukee W 3 - 2
  • @Milwaukee L 3 - 6
  • @Pittsburgh L 1 - 7
  • @Pittsburgh L 2 - 8
  • @Pittsburgh W 4 - 2

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  • Milwaukee(04-07-21) L 4 - 2
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Last Meetings

  • Cubs @ Brewers 0-7
  • Cubs @ Brewers 3-2
  • Cubs @ Brewers 3-6
  • Brewers @ Cubs 4-2
  • Brewers @ Cubs 4-0
  • Brewers @ Cubs 3-5
  • Brewers @ Cubs 8-3
  • Cubs @ Brewers 3-1
  • Cubs @ Brewers 12-0
  • Cubs @ Brewers 4-2

American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals96 .6000.04.24.2 7-42-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians87 .5331.03.83.5 4-14-66-0-4
Chicago White Sox89 .4712.04.84.1 3-35-65-0-5
Minnesota Twins68 .4292.54.84.4 2-54-33-0-7
Detroit Tigers610 .3753.53.45.2 3-33-73-0-7
American League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Boston Red Sox116 .6470.05.64.0 5-56-17-0-3
Tampa Bay Rays98 .5292.04.24.8 3-46-46-0-4
Baltimore Orioles79 .4383.54.04.3 1-66-33-0-7
Toronto Blue Jays79 .4383.54.13.6 3-34-64-0-6
New York Yankees510 .3335.03.74.3 3-62-42-0-8
American League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Seattle Mariners116 .6470.04.44.5 6-45-28-0-2
Oakland Athletics97 .5631.54.35.0 5-64-19-0-1
Los Angeles Angels86 .5711.55.45.3 5-33-35-0-5
Texas Rangers89 .4713.03.84.4 3-65-35-0-5
Houston Astros78 .4673.04.84.4 1-56-33-0-7

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers97 .5630.04.33.3 4-55-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds87 .5330.56.14.5 6-32-44-0-6
St. Louis Cardinals88 .5001.05.25.2 2-46-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates79 .4382.04.15.1 4-33-66-0-4
Chicago Cubs69 .4002.53.44.9 4-52-43-0-7
National League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Philadelphia Phillies88 .5000.03.63.8 7-31-53-0-7
New York Mets74 .636-1.53.43.4 4-13-36-0-3
Miami Marlins78 .4670.54.44.2 3-64-26-0-3
Atlanta Braves79 .4381.05.15.2 3-44-55-0-5
Washington Nationals59 .3572.03.65.2 3-52-44-0-6
National League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Los Angeles Dodgers134 .7650.05.53.3 6-07-48-0-2
San Francisco Giants106 .6252.53.22.9 5-15-57-0-3
San Diego Padres108 .5563.53.93.3 5-65-25-0-5
Arizona Diamondbacks610 .3756.54.65.2 2-34-74-0-6
Colorado Rockies412 .2508.54.14.8 4-60-62-0-8

Last Injuries

Chicago Cubs

  • David Bote

    Stomach
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Bote sat out the last game due to a stomach issue, and it is uncertain if he will face the Mets on Wednesday.

  • Ryan Tepera

    Suspension
    day-to-day | questionable

    Tepera has been suspended three games by MLB for intentionally throwing at an opponent. He is appealing the decision and will be allowed to play until the league makes a final ruling.

  • Kyle Hendricks

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hendricks was scratched from the previous game due to an illness, and it remains to be seen if he will make his next scheduled start against the Braves on Sunday.

  • Brandon Workman

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Workman has popped up on the COVID-19 injured list, and it is uncertain how long he will be out of the lineup.

  • Dan Winkler

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Winkler has been posted to the COVID-19 injured list, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Jonathan Holder

    Chest
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Holder has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain, and he is not expected to return not until the latter part of April.

  • Rowan Wick

    Ribs
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Wick has been added to the 10-day injured list due to an oblique strain, and he will not be available until the latter part of April.

  • Austin Romine

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Romine has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to a right knee sprain, and there is no timetable for return.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Christian Yelich

    Back
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Yelich has been added to the 10-day injured list with a lower-back tightness, and it is unclear when he will be available to return.

  • Luis Urias

    Calf
    Out Tues | out

    Urias was lifted from the last game with a right calf issue, and he will not take on the Padres on Tuesday.

  • Kolten Wong

    Oblique
    Ques Fri | 10-day IL

    Wong has been added to the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, and it is unknown if he will be activated prior to Friday's matchup with the Cubs.

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Quadricep
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Cain has been added to the 10-day injured list with a left quad injury, and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Bobby Wahl

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Wahl will miss an extended period with an oblique injury and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list.

  • Travis Shaw

    Shin
    Prob Mon | probable

    Shaw was lifted from the last contest with a right shin contusion, but it is expected that he will suit up for Monday's battle with the Cubs.

  • Jacob Nottingham

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | out

    Nottingham will miss an undetermined length of time with a thumb injury.

  • Derek Fisher

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | out

    Fisher is out of commission with a hamstring injury, and there is no timetable for recovery.