The Brewers let the NL Central get away from them last season as the Cardinals made a late surge and ended up winning the division by 7 games. Milwaukee now knows it’s not how you start, rather how you finish but they still want to get things going on the right foot against the Cubs, who feel they are close to having their rebuild complete.
Before Betting on Opening Day Brewers at Cubs
Milwaukee sends former Cy Young award winner Corbin Burnes to the mound on what is expected to be a cold, pitcher-friendly day at Wrigley Field. Burnes’ ERA rose a bit last year, but it was still a solid 2.94 overall and 2.37 in three starts vs. the Cubs (0-1).
The Cubs will counter with Marcus Stroman, who got hot at times last year but still finished 6-7 with a 3.50 ERA. Chicago won Stroman’s last four starts of 2022, so they hope some of that momentum carries over to 2023 and the right-hander did have success against Milwaukee going 1-0 with a 1.37 ERA in three starts.
Thursday marks the Opening Day debut of Chicago’s marquee offseason signing Dansby Swanson, luring the shortstop away from Atlanta for a 7-year, $177 million deal. Swanson could see some early success considering he is 6-11 (.545) with 2 HRs in his career vs. Burnes.
Milwaukee vs Chicago MLB Offshore Betting Odds
|Offshore Sportsbook||Moneyline||Total||Run Line|
|BetOnline||Brewers (1.70) | Cubs (2.29)||7.5||Brewers -1.5 (2.22) | Cubs +1.5 (1.91)|
|Bovada||Brewers (1.71) | Cubs (2.17)||7.5||Brewers -1.5 (2.20) | Cubs +1.5 (1.71)|
|BetUS||Brewers (1.71) | Cubs (2.25)||7.5||Brewers -1.5 (2.20) | Cubs +1.5 (1.71)|
|SportsBetting.ag||Brewers (1.70) | Cubs (2.29)||7.5||Brewers -1.5 (2.22) | Cubs +1.5 (1.91)|
|Pinnacle||Brewers (1.73) | Cubs (2.26)||7.5||Brewers -1.5 (2.25) | Cubs +1.5 (1.71)|
|MyBookie||Brewers (1.69) | Cubs (2.18)||7||Brewers -1.5 (2.16) | Cubs +1.5 (1.71)|
Opening Day Brewers vs Cubs Prediction & Pick
One way to approach this game – it’s a sub 40 degree day at Wrigley Field with hitters rusty and two pitchers who had success against the opposition last season. A low scoring game looks to be on the way.