The Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend at Miller Park. There should be plenty of Cubbie blue in the stands, as fans of the defending World Series champions always make the trip up north. The Brew Crew limp into this series losing three out of four games against the Colorado Rockies to start the season.The Brewers have a .248 batting average with five home runs and 17 runs scored through the first four games. Compare that to the Cubs they have a .223 batting average with two home runs and 11 runs batted in through three games.
New comer Brett Anderson who the Cubs signed in the off season will get the ball in game one of the series. He didn’t have a particular good spring training with one win and one loss through four starts. His earn run average ended at 5.31 but he remained healthy which was a positive sign. Edging out Mike Montgomery for the final spot in the starting rotation Anderson looks to prove his worth. The Cubs were very cautious only signing him to a one year deal because of his past heath issues. He has made one career start verse the Brewers going seven innings giving up three runs in that outing.
The Brewers counter with Jimmy Nelson in game one, his career numbers verse the Cubs are bleak. In 10 starts he has one win and six losses also he served up nine home runs in those starts. Game two starter for the brew crew is Tommie Milone , this will be his first career start against the Cubs. For the Cubs in game two Kyle Hendricks takes the mound, he’s made 10 career starts with a five and three win loss record. Hendricks had a 2.11 era last season which was the best in the majors. Game three will feature both teams aces Jake Arrieta for the Cubs and Zach Davies for the Brewers. Arrieta has made 12 career starts verse Milwaukee winning six of those starts and losing four. In his first start of the season against St. Louis he went six innings giving up one unearned run. Davies against the Cubs has made five career starts winning three games and losing two. In his first start verse the Colorado Rockies he couldn’t get out of the fourth inning giving up six earned runs in the process.
Jayson Heyward is leading the cubs with four hits, both Wilson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber lead the Cubs with one home run and three rbi’s. 2016 National League MVP Kris Bryant is scuffling at the plate to start the season with six strike outs and zero hits. The Cubs bullpen has thrown 9.2 thus far and has been locked in, the only blemishes are Pedro strop and Mike Montgomery both gave up runs in the opener. The Brewers pen has been taxed throwing 15.2 innings, Craig Counsell their coach will hope for the starters to go deeper into the games.
Friday and Saturday’s games will be on Comcast Sports Net plus and 670 The Score first pitch at 7:10. The series finale will be on WGN and 670 The Score first pitch at 1:10.