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Game Thread #68: Chicago Cubs (38-26) @ Milwaukee Brewers (40-27)

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A series win against Chicago would look real purty right now.

That's a good look!
That's a good look!
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The Milwaukee Brewers (40-27) look to build on last night's shutout win against the Chicago Cubs (38-26), win a series for the first time this year against the Cubbies, and extend their lead to 1.5 games in the tough NL Central over the North Siders (and to four games over the Cards, if they would but cooperate).

Jhoulys Chacin (5-1, 3.58) gets the call from Craig Counsell to accomplish all that, and Chicago and Joe Maddon send out lefty Mike Montgomery (2-1, 3.56) to try and retake the top spot. Montgomery has pitched well lately for the Cubs, but his last two starts against Milwaukee (both last year) did not go well - 4.1 innings, 11 earned runs. May it be ever so.

The Brewers' 'vs lefty' line-up includes Ryan Braun and Jesus Aguilar, with Domingo Santana and Eric Thames resting from their arduous duties last night. Manny Pina is resting, too, and Erik Kratz will bring his hot bat to the plate and strike fear into Cubs fans (and players) everywhere.

Chicago Cubs (38-26)

1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Ian Happ (S) CF
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Javier Baez (R) SS
8. Chris Gimenez (R) C
Milwaukee Brewers (40-27)
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
5. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
6. Hernan Perez (R) 2B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS

Poll

Will Tommy LaStella have 7 hits for the Cubs as he starts in place of Kris Bryant?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Oh, no. Only five.
    (32 votes)
  • 55%
    Jhoulys will shut him down.
    (62 votes)
  • 16%
    At least.
    (18 votes)
112 votes total Vote Now