Preview: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
Game time: 8:05pm EDT
They were swept by the Brewers at Miller Park last week. The two teams will shift the venue as the Cubs are looking forward for revenge in a four-game set starting Monday at Wrigley Field. The divisional rivals will play the last series against each other for the last time this season. Chicago is hoping to improve their head-to-head records (3-10) versus the Milwaukee Brewers (59-67).
Not only being outscored (9-17) and outhit (17-24) in last week’s series, the team hit a poor collective average of .180 and was struck out 37 times in the span of three games. The most notable failures are Starlin Castro (1-for 11) with 5 strikeouts and Brett Jackson (0-for-8).
Jackson did improve though over the weekend. The outfielder slammed two home runs off the Rockies pitchers to produce three runs, including the game-tying run Friday in the Cubs’ win.
Chicago took the shortened rubber game of the series on Sunday due to rain by defeating the Rockies 5-0 in eight innings. Castro scored three of the Cubs’ runs and Darwin Barney drove in Castro twice.
Unable to win two straight games, Justin Germano will start for the home side facing the same opponents in a week. The Brewers pounded him by scoring six runs off him and tallied a total of eight run in the fifth inning of his last week. The right-hander also gave up a homer to Jonathan Lucroy in the second.
His ERA in August goes up to 6.14 after allowing 15 earned runs in 22 innings pitched. His career ERA against the Brewers is even higher at 6.87 with a 1-2 record.
The Brewers finished off a three-game set in Pittsburgh hammering the Pirates 7-0 in the rubber game on Sunday. They won five of their last six games.
Manager Ron Roenicke will send Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23) on the mound whose first victory of the year came last Tuesday facing the same Cubs in his last start. The right-hander held them up to two mere hits in six scoreless innings while walking one and striking out nine batter in the Brewers’ 5-2 victory.
The Venezuelan is 1-0 with an ERA of 4.91 life time against the Cubs in two starts and five reliefs..
Former Cub Aramis Ramirez will make his second trip back to Wrigley Field after signing with the Brewers in the off-season. During the weekend, the third baseman scored a couple of runs and had two hits including a three-run two-out double on Friday to help his team beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5. He finished last weekend hitting 7-for-12 with five RBIs, one home run and three runs scored in three days.
Lucroy who homered twice and drove in six runs against the Cubs last week, went 3-for-3 with a run scored on Sunday.
By: Patrick Au Yeung