MLB Baseball

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Chi Cubs1 0 0 1 2 5 0 0 1 10162
Milwaukee0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 561
  W: J. Quintana (13-8)   L: M. Albers (5-5)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 5, 2019
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 31,007

Brewers host Cubs with season on the brink

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Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Cubs and Brewers meet for four at Miller Park after Milwaukee took two of three in Chicago last weekend. The Brewers have won eight of 11 against the Cubs in Milwaukee after losing 11 of their previous 14 matchups with Chicago there. The four straight home series wins over the Cubs is the club's longest since taking seven in row between 2011-13.
  2. The Cubs have won six of eight, and in the last six games, the team has a 1.67 ERA while the starting pitchers have allowed just five runs. Since August 15, Chicago's starters lead the majors with a 2.92 ERA.
  3. Willson Contreras homered Tuesday in his first at-bat after spending a month on the injured list. The homer was his 20th giving him multiple 20-homer seasons. He joins Jody Davis (two) and Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett (three) as the only Cubs catchers to have multiple 20-homer seasons.
  4. Jose Quintana threw 5 2/3 shutout innings in Friday's 7-1 win over Milwaukee, the fourth time in five starts he allowed one earned run or less. In 16 career starts against the Brewers, Quintana is 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.00 WHIP -- his lowest against any team he has made at least eight starts against.
  5. The Brewers are averaging a major league-low 2.67 runs in nine games since August 25, and their .154 batting average with runners in scoring position in that span is last in the NL. Since August 1, Milwaukee is averaging 4.00 runs after averaging 4.84 runs before it, and that dropoff of 0.84 runs is the biggest decrease in the NL.
  6. Christian Yelich homered Sunday at Wrigley for just his fourth home run in 31 games against the Cubs since the start of his 2018 NL MVP season. He has a .248/.321/.397 slash line against Chicago since the start of last season with a 30.25 AB/HR ratio compared to slashing .339/.447/.740 with a 9.97 AB/HR ratio against the other three NL Central teams.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/5/2019 thru 9/8/2019

The Milwaukee Brewers' chances of winning the National League Central are growing more unlikely by the day. A bad weekend against the Chicago Cubs could also make their NL wild-card aspirations unrealistic.

Heading into the opener of a four-game series in Milwaukee against Chicago, the Brewers are four games behind the Cubs for the second wild-card spot.

The Brewers made small progress last weekend by taking two of three at Wrigley Field to reduce their deficit to three games, but they lost a game in the standings by splitting two games at home against Houston while Chicago swept a two-game series with the Seattle Mariners.

"We want meaningful games after this, and there's going to be," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "It's going to be a good series, man. We've got to win games. The Cubs aren't the only team in this thing. They're one of the teams we have to beat, and this is a chance to do it head to head."

The Brewers are in this situation because of how things have unfolded in the last month.

After a 3-2 win over Texas on Aug. 10, the Brewers were 62-56 and held a half-game lead in the wild-card race. Milwaukee fell out of the second wild-card spot the next day and is 9-15 in its last 24 games.

During that slide, the Cubs and Cardinals have heated up. The Cubs are 12-10 while the Cardinals entered Wednesday 19-5 since Aug. 9 and seven games ahead of Milwaukee.

"For all of us, we'll recognize the magnitude of the series," Milwaukee's Ryan Braun said. "It's the last time we get an opportunity to play (the Cubs). The Cardinals have been playing phenomenal baseball and distanced themselves, it feels, a little bit from where we're at.

The Brewers shut out the Cubs for the last 18 innings last weekend and then salvaged a split with Houston when Eric Thames hit a three-run homer after Braun had the game-tying hit.

Chicago's scoreless streak reached 24 innings before it scored five times in the eighth inning Monday. The Cubs followed it up with a 6-1 win Tuesday when Nicolas Castellanos homered and drove in four runs on a night when Willson Contreras and Ben Zobrist returned.

Contreras came back from missing a month due to a right hamstring injury, and Zobrist returned from missing over three months due to personal reasons.

"We should be full go. They're all energetic players," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "That's what we need. I've talked about (how) September provides its own energy. Listen, we're in a race. There's no reason to show up and not feel that way, but these are the guys."

The Cubs were without Kris Bryant (right knee soreness) and Javier Baez (jammed left thumb). Bryant's knee has bothered him at various points since the end of July, while Baez injured his thumb Sunday against Milwaukee, and both players are day-to-day for Thursday.

Chase Anderson (6-4, 4.58 ERA) will start against Chicago for the second straight time. He allowed five runs on seven hits, including two homers to Castellanos, in four innings of a 7-1 loss Friday afternoon at Wrigley.

Anderson is 5-5 with a 3.27 ERA in 14 career games (13 starts) against the Cubs. He is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in his three outings against Chicago this season.

Jose Quintana (12-8, 3.90) will start against Milwaukee for the second straight time and is 8-1 with a 3.08 ERA in his last 11 starts. He opposed Anderson last week and tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings when he allowed three runs or less for the 21st time.

Quintana is 2-2 with a 5.54 ERA in five starts against Milwaukee this season and 8-4 with 2.65 ERA in 16 career starts against the Brewers.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2019

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