Chicago Cubs (2-1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1-2) MLB Predictions: This afternoon beginning at 4:05 PM ET (3:05 PM CT) the defending National League Central, Chicago Cubs, kickoff a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers from Miller Park.
After splitting their opening series with the Houston Astros, the Cubbies look to string together consecutive victories before returning to Wrigley Field next week to host the Colorado Rockies. MLB Predictions oddsmaking experts at SportsBook.com believe that the Chicago Cubs [-149 M.L.] will win tonight’s opener against the hosting Milwaukee Brewers [+139 M.L.].
Since being traded to the Windy City, RHP Rich Harden (5-1, 1.77 ERA with Cubs in 2008) has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the National League.
The hard-throwing right-hander, who has been suffering from shoulder problems, is set to make his 2009 season debut this after afternoon. The OVER/UNDER for this Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Predictions has been set at a combined total of 8 runs.
Last season, Harden made 25 starts between the Oakland Athletics and Cubs. Since arriving in Chicago, Harden has proven to be lethal when healthy, going 5-1 with a eye-popping 1.77 ERA under Lou Pinella. "No matter what we say or I say or the trainers or what anybody says, people are always going to think it's something different," Harden said.
"They'll always come up with something, or there will be rumors, or this person thinks that or this person thinks that. Out of nowhere, some random person out of who knows where will come up with some idea, or, 'He has this wrong with his shoulder and it's a serious tear and he needs surgery.' I've heard that many times. No matter what, people are going to talk." Harden's couonterpart this afternoon will be RHP Braden Looper (12-14, 4.16 in 2008 ERA).