Brewers host the Cubs to start 3-game series
Chicago Cubs (8-11, third in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12-7, first in the NL Central)
Milwaukee; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 3.98 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 19 strikeouts); Brewers: Adrian Houser (1-2, 3.52 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 10 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Brewers -144, Cubs +123; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Milwaukee Brewers host the Chicago Cubs on Friday to start a three-game series.
Milwaukee has a 12-7 record overall and a 5-3 record at home. The Brewers are 8-0 in games when they scored at least five runs.
Chicago has a 4-6 record in home games and an 8-11 record overall. Cubs hitters have a collective .344 on-base percentage, the best percentage in the NL.
Friday’s game is the fourth time these teams match up this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Andrew McCutchen has a .269 batting average to rank fourth on the Brewers, and has four doubles and a home run. Willy Adames is 9-for-37 with three home runs and 10 RBI over the past 10 games.
Seiya Suzuki has five doubles and four home runs for the Cubs. Nico Hoerner is 11-for-30 with a triple and four RBI over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 8-2, .216 batting average, 2.63 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs
Cubs: 3-7, .241 batting average, 3.77 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs
INJURIES: Brewers: Victor Caratini: 10-Day IL (covid-19), Justin Topa: 10-Day IL (elbow), Luis Urias: 10-Day IL (quadricep)
Cubs: Clint Frazier: 10-Day IL (appendicitis), Alec Mills: 10-Day IL (back), Andrelton Simmons: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Wade Miley: 10-Day IL (elbow), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow), David Bote: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)