The Chicago Cubs wrap up their season series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a three-game set starting Friday in Milwaukee.
The Cubs (66-81, fourth in NL Central) have lost five of their past six after a series loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Chicago took the opener 6-3 then fell 6-5 and 17-8 in Philadelphia. The Cubs are looking to play spoiler a bit against the Brewers (89-57, first in NL Central), who are primed to secure a postseason berth.
The Brewers got swept by the Detroit Tigers on the road, but enter their final regular season homestand with a postseason clincher on the mind. Milwaukee plays the Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets to close out their home schedule. The Brewers finish the regular season in St. Louis and at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Milwaukee’s magic number for a postseason spot sits at four.
The Cubs are 3-13 against the Brewers this season, with only one win in Milwaukee.
The Cubs hold the eighth-worst record in the MLB. They’re two games ahead of the Minnesota Twins, and a game-and-half back of the Kansas City Royals.
The Brewers have a 12-and-half game lead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central lead. Milwaukee is only four-and-half games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and five-and-half games from the San Francisco Giants for the NL’s top two spots. The Dodgers and Giants have each clinched a postseason spot already.
Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Keegan Thompson (shoulder), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Jason Heyward (concussion), Michael Hermosillo (forearm), Nick Madrigal (hamstring), Nico Hoerner (oblique), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm)
Brewers: Justin Topa (elbow), Angel Perdomo (back), John Curtiss (elbow), John Axford (elbow), Brett Anderson (shoulder), Tyrone Taylor (oblique), Avisail Garcia (back), Rowdy Tellez (knee), Mark Mathias (shoulder), Willy Adames (quad)
Friday: Zach Davies (6-11, 5.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) vs. Adrian Houser (9-6, 3.25 ERA, 1.26 WHIP)
Saturday: Justin Steele (3-3, 4.17 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) vs. Corbin Burnes (10-4, 2.25 ERA, 0.91 WHIP)
Sunday: Adrian Sampson (1-2, 2.53 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) vs. Eric Lauer (6-5, 3.10 ERA, 1.16 WHIP)
How to Watch
Friday: 7:10 PM, Marquee Sports Network
Saturday: 6:15 PM, FOX
Sunday: 1:10 PM, Marquee Sports Network
All times Central