In our MLB predictions for Tuesday, May 31, we bring you the best Brewers vs Cubs betting pick and odds, as Milwaukee and Chicago continue their four-game NL Central series at Wrigley Field. Monday’s doubleheader has been excluded from the analysis, while the Brewers and Cubs split their first six encounters in 2022.
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Brewers vs Cubs Betting Pick
This game will be played at Wrigley Field at 8:05 PM ET on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Why Bet The Brewers:
✅ The Brewers own the fifth-lowest ERA in the majors (3.27). Their bullpen holds a solid 3.29 ERA and 3.16 FIP while leading the big leagues in WAR (3.0). Over the last ten days, the Brewers’ relievers have registered a shiny 1.80 ERA and 2.79 FIP.
✅ The Cubs’ bullpen has been awful in the last ten days, tallying a 6.45 ERA and 5.00 FIP while allowing 4.06 walks and 1.67 home runs per nine innings. Chicago owns the tenth-highest scoring defense in the majors, surrendering 4.48 runs per game.
✅ Justin Steele will toe the rubber Tuesday, and the 26-year-old southpaw sports a 1-5 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and 40/19 K/BB ratio in nine starts this season. Last Thursday, Steele was charged for a loss in an embarrassing 20-5 defeat at the Cincinnati Reds, yielding seven earned runs on seven hits through just two innings of work.
The Brew Crew carried a 30-18 record into Monday’s twin bill at Wrigley Field. They were topping the NL Central, three and a half games above the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers have won seven of their previous 11 games overall.
Eric Lauer will get the starting call Tuesday, searching for his third straight win. Last Thursday, he allowed two earned runs across five innings in a 4-3 victory at St. Louis. The 26-year-old left-hander is 5-1 with a strong 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in eight starts (46.2 IP) this season. He took a win in a 9-1 thrashing of the Cubs on April 30, striking out 11 through seven frames of a one-run ball.
The 19-27 Cubbies were tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third spot in the NL Central on Monday morning. They trailed the Brewers by huge ten games. The Cubs have dropped seven of their previous 11 contests overall.
Chicago has scored 28 runs over their last five outings, posting a mediocre .239/.320/.372 slash line. The Cubs are tallying 4.37 runs per game (11th in the MLB) on a 95 OPS+ (20th).