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Cubs Take On Brewers In A Weekend Series

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Cubs Take On Brewers In A Weekend Series

Already a week into September and the Cubs have seen both sides of their 2017 team. The Cubs open a nine game homestand Friday night as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee is tied with the St. Louis Cardinals and are 5 games back of the Cubs. For the Cubs, they begin a stretch which included 17 divisional games out of their final 22. A ton series ahead as the face the Brewers top three starters in Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson, and Zach Davies. This Milwaukee preview features pitching match-ups, special stats and even a few key stats that will help the Cubs down the stretch.

Friday – Start Against Milwaukee

This next month is big for John Lackey (11-10) if he wants to make the rotation or even get pitching opportunities come the postseason. For Lackey, the second half of the season has been a strong showing for him. He’s gone 6-1 in 9 starts with a 3.83 ERA over 49.1 innings. Lackey has been even better when you break it down to his last 5 starts, posting a 2.48 ERA and a 3-0 record.

Cubs have gone 9-1 in his last 10 starts.

For the Brewers, they are throwing their best pitcher in Jimmy Nelson (11-6) on the mound to open the series. Nelson has already faced the Cubs twice this season but hasn’t had much luck as he has walked away with no-decisions in both starts.

Nelson went seven scoreless innings while striking out 11 Washington Nationals to start the month. He already has a career high in strikeouts and now only eight away from 200. The extra two days of rest for Nelson could be the best thing for this Cubs teams or its worse nightmare. Friday night game starts at 7:05 Central and is a rare event to see at Wrigley Field.


Mike Montgomery (5-7) is set to make his fourth straight start, this time in place for Jake Arrieta. Montgomery most likely will make the postseason roster and get a starting role after his strong season both starting and out of the bullpen. Since the All-star break, he has made 13 appearances (5 starts) while going 4-1 with a 2.82 ERA.

Milwaukee has not been kind to Montgomery this season. Montgomery has appeared in six games while starting in one against the Brewers but has not seen much success. Montgomery is 1-3 with a whopping 8.74 ERA. He has allowed 14 hits and 10 walks while giving up 12 runs (11 earned) with 12 strikeouts in 11.1 innings.

Montgomery will face off against Chase Anderson (8-3), Anderson is making his third start against the Cubs this season. Anderson barely made it far during his last start at Wrigley Field. He gave up 6 runs (included a home run in three different innings) on 7 hits and 3 walks before exiting after the fourth inning. Chase Anderson has a career ERA of 5.74 at Wrigley Field and could work to the Cubs benefit.


Arguably the best pitching matchup of the series is Sunday when Kyle Hendricks (6-4) faces Brewers ace Zach Davies (16-8) to conclude the weekend series.

Kyle Hendricks has been the best Cubs starter since coming off the DL which also happened to be the start of the second half. Hendricks went 2-1 with a 2.36 during his nine second half starts. His second start of the half was against the Brewers, he gave up a RBI double to Ryan Braun in the first before following it up with four scoreless innings.

In 13 starts, Hendricks is 6-3 with a 2.74 ERA over 75.2 innings.

Zack Davies is already tied in first for wins (16) with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke and is set to take first with a win on Sunday. He is 6-4 with 2.25 over 11 starts since the All-star break. It will be a tough task as Davies has struggled at Wrigley Field. Despite his 3-1 record there, he posted a 5.14 ERA in four starts.

If Kris Bryant is looking for a time to get hot, now is the time. Bryant has a .409 batting average in 22 at-bats against Davis.

Final Thoughts

Just a thought, get Albert Almora at-bats. Off the bench this season he has shine but doesn’t you think at some point he wants to start and be productive on an everyday basis.

The Cubs will face the Brewers and the Cardinals fourteen times this month and if they get lazy, the Cubs five game lead could easily be flipped.