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Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers Betting Preview

The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers will play the second game of their four-game series on Tuesday.

These two National League Central teams played Monday afternoon, with the Cubs scoring the first six runs of the game and the Brewers scoring the last eight and winning the game. Chicago is now 38-45 on the season, while Milwaukee moves to 46-39.

The Chicago Cubs are actually underdogs in this game. The Cubs are listed at +105, while Milwaukee is -125 at home. You can get the Brewers +1.5 at -190 and the Cubs -1.5 at +160. The total for this game is 9.5.

Two Veterans Take the Mound on the 4th of July

Kyle Hendricks will get the start for the Chicago Cubs. Hendricks threw a quality start in his last outing, going seven innings and allowing six hits and three runs. Kyle Schwarber hit a leadoff home run off him, and the Phillies went on to win the game 3-1. Hendricks is 3-3 on the season, with a 2.81 earned run average.

36-year-old Wade Miley will take the mound for Milwaukee. The lefthander from Louisiana made his 10th start of the season on June 28th, allowing two runs on three hits over four innings against the Mets. The Brewers eventually won that game 5-2. Miley is 5-2 on the season, with a 3.02 earned run average while striking out 34 batters.

Cubs Looking to Ride Hot Bats

Dansby Swanson and Christopher Morel both had multi-hit games, along with Tucker Barnhart, but the offense went to waste in a loss. Swanson is hitting .260 now, while Morel has moved up to .287.

The Cubs are 11th in runs, with 4.6 per game, and 19th in home runs, as they have hit 90 on the season. On the pitching side, Chicago ranks 10th in runs allowed, with 4.3, and just eight hits allowed per game.

Milwaukee Seeking Length from Starting Pitching

Julio Teheran was roughed up early on Monday but was able to get through 6 innings. Teheran struck out seven batters in the game.

The Brewers know they may have to have a short leash with veteran Miley on the mound but have grown concerned about their bullpen innings piling up. Milwaukee is allowing 4.3 runs per game, and eight hits per game, while opponents are hitting .239 against them this season.

On the offensive side, Christian Yelich is one of four Milwaukee hitters with double-digit home runs. Rowdy Tellez and Willy Adames lead the club with 12.

Cubs Avoid Fireworks in Milwaukee; Beat the Brewers

Kyle Hendricks is tough to figure out. When his stuff is on, he is really hard to beat. This seems to be a game Hendricks will have full control over and take down an inconsistent Milwaukee offense. When you get a chance to take Hendricks as an underdog, you take it.

Bet the Chicago Cubs at +105 in this game over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs win this 4th of July battle and even up the series.

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