by Greg Dempson
The Brewers took the opening game of this three game series last night, (6-3,) at Wrigley Field with the first pitch in tonight’s contest scheduled for 8:05 ET. Jimmy Nelson get the start for the Brewers.
In two appearances this season his ERA is 1.38, WHIP 0.846, with Nelson/Team going 2-0 while pitching a combined 13 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 9 hits, (one of which was a homer,) while walking only 2 batters and striking out 13. With Nelson walking only 2 batters, that is a remarkable turnaround from last season when Nelson led the majors in free passes.
The Cubs, losers of four in a row at home, send Brett Anderson to the mound. He/team at 1-1 this season. He’s been able to pitch out of trouble, (4 walks vs. the Dodgers and 1 vs. the Brewers striking out 6 on 8 hits and one earned run in 10.7 innings over his two starts.
Anderson has posted a 2.84 ERA in two starts against the Brewers but has not received a decision. These two pitchers opposed one another on April 7 in Chicago with the Brewers prevailing 2-1.
The Not so “Full Nelson”
- Nelson has been able to limit the damage done by the Cubs’ duo of Rizzo and Bryant, with Rizzo going 5 for 28 at bats while striking out 7 times, and Bryant at only 5 for 22 in 27 at bats with 5 strikeouts.
- Whenever Nelson pitched well in his previous start the team has responded nicely in his follow-up appearance going 15-07.
- Brett Anderson is 09-19 in the month of April and -15.0-units as well as 0-6 on Tuesday’s and -10.0-units.
- Anderson is also -21.0-units in night games in his career plus 05-14 and -15.20-units against the money line in home games after giving up 2 or less earned runs in his last two outings
Left Side Right Side
- Milwaukee is 32-21 and +20.0-units against the money line when facing left-handed starters the last two seasons and on a current run of 15-07 in their last 22 when facing lefties.
- The Cubs are off to a poor start vs. righties this season at 3-6 while batting .220 an averaging only 3.2 runs per game.
- The Brewers are 8-1 in their last nine road games.
- The Cubs are historically poor vs. division opponents at home going 400-368 and -86.10-units since 1997.
- The Brewers are +14.50-units against the money line vs. an overused bullpen that pitches more than 3.2 innings per game the last two seasons.
- Chicago is -197.80-units vs. the money line when playing against right-handed starters.
Everyedge.com in Review
- I’m off to a 1-4 start with my Every Edge MLB selections for -3.24-units. Remember I’m playing underdogs and nothing favored higher than -120 and lower.