Wrigley Field is the venue and on the mound the monday night pitching matchup has Brewers southpaw Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.49 ERA) slated to oppose Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.96 ERA).  

The Milwaukee Brewers are 8-2 in their last 10 games, including a weekend home sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Ron Roenicke’s squad makes a short trip south for Monday night’s road-set opener against the Chicago Cubs, who enter the series on a 2-11 slide in their last 13 contests.

Sportsbooks opened Wolf as a -120 moneyline road favorite, with the ‘total’ initially left off the MLB betting board. 

Milwaukee Brewers (38-28)

Wolf picked up a third straight no-decision in Wednesday’s 7-6 win for Milwaukee as a 155 home betting odds favorite against the New York Mets.  The 13-year veteran allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings (109 pitches), while logging six strikeouts. 

Brewers reliever Kameron Loe recorded a blown save, giving up five runs, while Milwaukee’s John Axford allowed no hits in the game’s final frame for the win.  The duo was helped by two homers from mate Prince Fielder, while Nyjer Morgan drove in the battle’s winning run with a ninth-inning double. 

The slugfest’s combined 13 runs soared ‘over’ the ‘total’ of nine which Bob Harvey had alluded to.  Milwaukee edged out the Mets in hits, 10-9, including two doubles from outfielder Ryan Braun as part of a 3-for-4 night. 

The Brewers are 13-19 in their first 32 road games, with the ‘under’ going 18-13-1.  Braun and Co. have hit .227 against right-handed pitching in that span. 

Ryan Dempster Pitcher Chicago CubsChicago Cubs (25-39)

Dempster notched a win in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory for Chicago as a 124 road dog against the Cincinnati Reds.  The 34-year-old went six innings (113 pitches), allowing the Reds’ sole run on three hits. 

Three Cubs relievers united to hold Cincinnati’s lineup to one hit in the remaining three frames.  Chicago’s Kerry Wood and Sean Marshall recorded holds, while closer Carlos Marmol logged a save. 

The contest’s combined five runs plunged below the ‘total’ of nine.  Cubs infielders Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez cracked homers, while their mate Kosuke Fukudome poked two doubles. 

Chicago is 12-19 in its first 31 home dates, with the ‘over’ going 18-13.  Pena and Co. have hit .285 against lefties in that stretch.

Head to head and tonights prediction

Milwaukee is 2-1 in three meetings against the Cubs, with the ‘over’ also going 2-1.  The April series at Miller Park saw the Brewers outscore Chicago by a combined margin of 16-12. 

Monday’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (ET).  The weather forecast in Chicago calls for a clear 60-degree evening, with 10 mph winds blowing outward to center field. 

This handicapper is backing the Dempster and the Cubs, agreeing with early betting ‘steam’ and taking a price of minus 105. 

 

Chicago is 6-1 in Dempster’s last seven starts against the Brewers.  September’s most recent outing for Dempster saw the Cubs hold on for a 1-0 win as 107 road dogs. 

Dempster gave up just three hits in seven innings on that occasion, while ringing up eight strikeouts. 

Wolf logged a loss in his most recent start against Chicago, giving up two homers in a 7-4 defeat for the Brewers as 113 home favorites on April 8.  A road outing will not get any easier for Wolf, who has a sizable 1.33 WHIP and .331 in his seven starts away from home. 

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is 7-for-22 lifetime against Wolf, including three homers.  The Puerto Rico native had a homer and double in Thursday’s 4-3 extra-inning win for Chicago against the Philadelphia Phillies (which left Jasonal_98 with some review work to do!). 

Look for a tight duel between the NL Central rivals, with Chicago’s lineup edging out the “Brew Crew” to end a three-game losing streak.