Saturday, August 31

Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers, 4:20 am
Cubs $1.67

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs find themselves 2nd in the NL Central, now at 72-61. They’ve been particularly strong at home this season, going 44-22 in front of their home fans. Jose Quintana is slated to pitch here, going 11-8 this season with a 4.05 ERA.

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers are now 3rd in the NL Central, 3.5 games back at 68-65. Their road form has been pretty dicey this season, going just 29-36 in those games. Chase Anderson is slated to pitch here, going 6-3 with a 4.34 ERA so far.

Prediction: Cubs $1.67

The Cubs have been an elite home side all year, while Milwaukee have largely struggled on the road. This pitching matchup is relatively even, although I favour the Cubs’ bullpen and batting lineup. Especially in fighting for that wildcard spot, I expect a strong showing and home win for Chicago in this one.

Atlanta Braves vs Chicago White Sox, 9:20 am
Braves $1.50

Atlanta Braves

The Braves are comfortably atop the NL Central at 81-54. Their home record is slightly worse than their road one, going 39-27 on the year. Max Fried is slated to pitch here, going 14-4 with a 4.03 ERA so far this season.

Chicago White Sox

The Sox are currently 3rd in the AL Central, sporting a poor 60-73 record. They’ve been pretty poor on the road all year, going just 27-38. Ivan Nova will pitch in this one, going 9-10 with a 4.37 ERA so far.

Prediction: Braves $1.50

This is another huge mismatch where I have to favour the dominant home side. Chicago have nothing to play for at this point, while Atlanta are keen to lock up a top playoff seed. Max Fried has been outstanding at home all year and should contain a top-heavy offence en route to a comfortable Atlanta win.