MLB Prediction Chicago Cubs (61-44) at Milwaukee Brewers (60-45): With just over two months left in the regular season calendar, C.C. Sabathia is having yet another Cy Young year (10-8, 3.30 ERA, 154 K, 42 BB). After making the transition from the American League to the National League, Sabathia is thus far perfect. Tonight, the Chicago Cubs come into town for a 4-game set, which will decide which of these two teams will start the month of August leading the NL Central division.
It is no surprise that at home, and with Sabathia on the mound, the Milwaukee Brewers are -165 betting odds ML favorites to take game 1 from the Chicago Cubs (+145).
The trade that brought LHP C.C. Sabathia from Cleveland to Milwaukee is arguably the biggest and best trade that the Brewers have ever made.
Sabathia seems to have been born to pitch in the National League. Since coming over to NL, Sabathia has had 4 starts; in those 4 starts he is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA, 3 complete games, and a strikeout to basses-on-balls ratio of 31-8.
Tonight, Lou Pinella will send a worthy opponent out to go against the sizzling Sabathia for game 1: RHP Ted Lilly.
After 128.1 innings pitched, and making his 23rd start of the season, Lilly comes in with a 10-6 record, an ERA of 4.49, along with 120 K, and 46 free passes. Lilly has allowed less than a hit per inning (126 hits), 67 earned runs, 23 long balls, and has 0 complete games. The OVER/UNDER in this game 1 has been set at a combined 7.5 total runs.