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

The Cubs head north for their second three-game weekend series against NL Central Division rival Milwaukee this month.
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The Chicago Cubs head to Milwaukee on Friday for a three-game series against the Brewers at American Family Field.

The Cubs (54-71) lost three games in four days against the Cardinals, including splitting a doubleheader Tuesday, at Wrigley Field. Chicago shut out St. Louis 2-0 in Game 1 on Tuesday and won 7-1 on Wednesday.

The Brewers (65-58) lost two of three games at the Los Angeles Dodgers since Milwaukee played in Chicago. Milwaukee won the first game against the Dodgers 4-0 then fell 10-1 and 12-6.

The Cubs are 18 games back of the NL Central-leading Cardinals, who are up six games on the Brewers. The North Siders are playing competitive baseball of late and will look to build on that for the future. The Cubs can also use their decent play of late to make the Brewers' (1.5 games out of the NL wild card) chase to the postseason more difficult.

Injuries

Chicago CubsSteven Brault: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Kyle Hendricks: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Willson Contreras: day-to-day (ankle), Jason Heyward: 60-Day IL (knee), Keegan Thompson: 15-Day IL (back), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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Milwaukee Brewers – Michael Brosseau: 10-Day IL (oblique), Aaron Ashby: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Trevor Rosenthal: 15-Day IL (hamstring), Trevor Gott: 15-Day IL (forearm), Jandel Gustave: 15-Day IL (forearm), Miguel Sanchez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jace Peterson: 10-Day IL (left elbow), Alex Jackson: 10-Day IL (finger), Luis Perdomo: 15-Day IL (elbow)

Probable Pitchers

Friday: Justin Steele, LHP (4-7, 3.25 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) vs. Freddy Peralta, RHP (4-3, 4.08 ERA, 1.17 WHIP)

Saturday: Drew Smyly, LHP (5-7, 3.47 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) vs. Brandon Woodruff, RHP (9-3, 3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)

Sunday: Adrian Sampson, RHP (1-4, 4.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) vs. Eric Lauer, LHP (9-5, 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

How to Watch

Friday: 7:10 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Saturday: 6:10 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Sunday: 1:10 PM, Marquee Sports Network