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Cubs at Brewers Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, and More

Chicago seeks to end its losing streak at three and gain ground in the NL Central standings against Milwaukee, which has won five straight.

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The Chicago Cubs look to end their losing streak when they visit the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game set Monday.

The Cubs (42-36, second in NL Central) started a 10-game road trip with the first combined no-hitter in franchise history in a 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Thursday. But, Chicago then lost the next three and failed to score more than two runs in each game against the Dodgers.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left Sunday’s game in the sixth inning with lower back tightness. Manager David Ross said Rizzo will be reevaluated by the Cubs medical staff.

The Brewers (45-33, first in NL Central), meanwhile, have won five straight and seven of their past nine. Milwaukee has taken advantage of its schedule, as they’ve played two of the three bottom teams in the NL – the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. However, the Brewers’ run of good play isn’t just limited to a favorable schedule as they’ve won 24 of their past 34.

The Cubs entered the four-game set at Dodger Stadium only one-half game back of the Brewers for first place in the NL Central. Chicago is now three games back of the Brewers before the fourth series this season between the NL Central rivals.

Season Series

The Cubs are 3-6 against the Brewers this season, including a 1-2 record at Milwaukee. Chicago has managed at least one win in each of the three series.

Injuries

Cubs: Trevor Williams (appendix), Rowan Wick (oblique), Justin Steele (hamstring), Dillon Maples (tricep), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Nico Hoerner (hamstring), Matt Duffy (back), David Bote (shoulder), Austin Romine (left wrist), P.J. Higgins (forearm)

Brewers: Justin Topa (elbow), Angel Perdomo (back), Dylan File (elbow), Brett Anderson (knee), Lorenzo Cain (hamstring), Kolten Wong (calf), Daniel Vogelbach (hamstring), Travis Shaw (shoulder), Mark Mathias (shoulder)

Probable Pitchers

Monday: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (10-4, 3.84 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. Freddy Peralta, RHP (7-2, 2.11 ERA, 0.86 WHIP)

Tuesday: Zach Davies, RHP (5-4, 4.31 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) vs. Brandon Woodruff (6-3, 1.89 ERA, 0.76 WHIP)

Wednesday: Jake Arrieta, RHP (5-8, 5.32 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) vs. Corbin Burnes (3-4, 2.53 ERA, 0.92 WHIP)

How to Watch

Monday: 7:10 P.M., Marquee Sports Network

Tuesday: 7:10 P.M., Marquee Sports Network

Wednesday: 1:10 P.M., Marquee Sports Network

All times Central


Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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