The Milwaukee Brewers begin their quest to return to the playoffs when they visit the National League Central-rival Chicago Cubs on Thursday in the 2023 MLB season opener for both teams. Milwaukee reached the postseason every year from 2018-21 but had the streak broken last campaign as it finished one game behind Philadelphia for the final NL wild-card spot. Chicago posted a losing record (74-88) for the second straight year in 2022 but won the season series with the Brewers, going 10-9 overall and 6-4 at home.
First pitch from Wrigley Field is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. ET. Milwaukee is listed as a -140 favorite (risk $140 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Brewers vs. Cubs odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total runs scored is 6.5 (see the latest lines for every game on our MLB odds page).
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The model knows Milwaukee acquired several bats during the offseason, the most important one belonging to William Contreras. The Brewers were involved in a three-team trade with Atlanta and Oakland that brought back the 25-year-old catcher, who belted a career-high 20 home runs and was an All-Star in 2022. Milwaukee also added veterans Jesse Winker and Brian Anderson to a potent lineup that includes Rowdy Tellez (35 homers last year), Willy Adames (31) and 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich.
The model also knows Chicago also beefed up offensively over the winter, with the marquee addition being Dansby Swanson. The 29-year-old shortstop was signed to a seven-year, $177 million contract after recording 25 homers and a career-best 96 RBI with the Braves last year. The Cubs also brought in 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger, Eric Hosmer and Trey Mancini - all of whom have won a World Series championship over the past eight seasons.
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