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Brewers (63-86) @ Cubs (87-62) series preview

The Brewers continue their stretch of 17 games against NL Central division rivals.

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The Brewers continue their stretch of 17 games against NL Central division rivals. This time they head to Chicago to face the Cubs. They're doing quite well for themselves this season and are almost guaranteed a wild card spot. They're only 2.0 games back of the Pirates for the first wild card spot. What's even better for the Cubs is that the Giants and Nationals are 6.0 games back of them.

So like with the Pirates and Cardinals the Brewers likely cannot play spoiler to the Cubs in the sense of knocking them out of the playoffs altogether. However, the Brewers can make sure the Cubs don't get home field advantage for the wild card play-in game. It's not much but it's something to root for. And always it's fun to see the Brewers beat the Cubs.

I will note it's not entirely impossible for the Brewers to knock the Cubs out of the playoffs. The two teams face each other 6 times yet this season. That includes the final 3 games of the season. The Brewers would almost need to sweep the Cubs in both series though. It will be very interesting to see where the Cubs stand at the start of that final series to say the least.

Offensive Spotlight

Kris Bryant has not moved into sole possession of highest fWAR among position players. This is his first year at the major league level and he already has accumulated 5.8 fWAR. That's after being held back a couple of weeks for service time reasons. The kid is hitting 273/369/496 with 25 home runs and 13 stolen bases. The future is looking pretty bright for him and the Cubs.

Pitching Match-Ups

Monday September 21, 7:05 pm CST: Wily Peralta vs Jason Hammel

Hammel: 156.2 IP, 24.5 K%, 6.0 BB%, .234 BAA, 1.15 WHIP, 1.21 HR/9, 37.6 GB%, 3.73 ERA, 3.72 FIP

Tuesday September 22, 7:05 pm CST: Bullpen vs Jake Arrieta

Arrieta: 207.0 IP, 26.3 K%, 5.9 BB%, .194 BAA, 0.92 WHIP, 0.43 HR/9, 55.0 GB%, .196 ERA, 2.56 FIP

Brewers note: Jimmy Nelson was originally slated to make this start. However after being hit by a line drive last week the Brewers opted to skip him this time around. The will go with a combination of pitchers from the bullpen in this game.

Wenesday September 23, 7:05 pm CST: Zach Davies vs Kyle Hendricks

Hendricks: 162.0 IP, 21.0 K%, 6.1 BB%, .254 BAA, 1.23 WHIP, 0.94 HR/9, 51.0 GB%, 4.22 ERA, 3.66 FIP