Milwaukee Brewers (8-11) at Chicago Cubs (14-5)
The Brewers have fared pretty well so far this season. They are just 3 games under .500, but they are in last place in the NL Central. It is a rebuilding year for the Brewers and their young talent is starting to emerge.
The offense is led by veterans Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, and Chris Carter. Braun and Carter lead the team with 5 home runs and 15 RBI apiece. Braun is hitting .364 on the season and Lucroy and Carter are hanging right around .300.
Starting pitching has been a real weak spot for the Brewers. They have a National League low of 5 quality starts as a team. On the bright side, Jimmy Nelson is pitching against the Cubs and he has 3 of the quality starts.
The Cubs came into the season with World Series expectations and so far they have lived up to it. They are in first place in the NL Central with a 14-5 record. Their last three wins were by a combined score of 33-1.
The Cubs have scored more runs than any other team in baseball. Anthony Rizzo has hit 8 home runs and 21 RBI and Kris Bryant has added 4 home runs and 15 RBI. Dexter Fowler leads the team with a .385 batting average and 17 runs scored.
The Cubs’ pitching staff is second in the NL with a 2.51 ERA and they lead all of baseball with 16 quality starts. The Brewers will face Arrieta, the Cubs’ ace, in this series. Arrieta threw a no-hitter in his last start and will look to do the same to the Brewers.
This is going to be a tough series for the Brewers. They have made some mediocre pitchers look good this season, and now they are facing some of the best in the league. The Brewers’ best shot is in the first game where their best pitcher, Nelson, goes up against the number 5 pitcher for the Cubs, Hendricks.
At the same time, the Brewer pitchers have been giving up a lot of hits and a lot of runs. They will have their work cut out for them against the Cubs’ hitters in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
The Cubs will win 2 out of 3.