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Chi Cubs0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 570
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  W: B. Suter (1-0)   L: J. Lester (12-10)   S: J. Hader (29)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, September 8, 2019
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 44,217

Brewers aim to make up more ground on Cubs

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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 Chicago Cubs might face their most important game of the season Sunday when they visit the Milwaukee Brewers to wrap up a four-game series.

The Cubs are coming off back-to-back losses against the Brewers and have fallen 3 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the National League Central. Chicago squandered a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning Saturday night and fell short 3-2 on a walk-off double by Christian Yelich.

Oh, and the Cubs will be without shortstop Javier Baez for the foreseeable future because of a hairline fracture in his left thumb.

"Javy's the heart of this team," Cubs catcher Willson Contreras said in comments published by the Chicago Sun-Times. "He plays for us with his head on fire. We're going to miss him a lot. But like somebody said once, 'One steps out, one steps in.'"

Addison Russell will take over for Baez, but will it be enough? Russell clubbed his ninth homer on Saturday but also committed a throwing error during the ninth inning that preceded Yelich's heroics.

Milwaukee has climbed within three games of the Cubs in the chase for the NL's second wild-card spot. The Brewers are 9-9 against the Cubs this season and boast an impressive 42-31 record at home, compared with a 31-37 record on the road.

Right-hander Adrian Houser (6-5, 3.45 ERA) will try to keep the good times rolling for Milwaukee in his 14th appearance and eighth start of the season. Houser is 2-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his past five starts. He has nine walks and 28 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings during that span.

In six appearances (one start) against the Cubs in his career, Houser is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA.

The Cubs will counter with veteran left-hander Jon Lester (12-9, 4.19), who will make his 28th start. Lester is seeking career win No. 190 and is coming off a solid performance in which he pitched six scoreless innings against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Lester is 5-3 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 career starts against the Brewers. He has 66 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings against the club.

Milwaukee likely will be without hard-throwing closer Josh Hader after he pitched two innings and earned the victory Saturday. But the Brewers are confident in their depth in terms of both pitching and position players.

"I believe September baseball benefits us as much or more than any other team in baseball," Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun recently told reporters. "I don't know everybody's roster as well as ours, but we utilize all 40 spots and we have some opportunity to mix and match and play matchups to make us a lot better."

The Cubs insist that they can make a run at the playoffs even if Baez is out for an extended period.

"It's a big blow for our team," Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo told reporters. "As professionals, we have to step up. We're obviously (losing) an All-Star on and off the field, a perennial MVP candidate. So that's not easy. But we can't just hang our heads. We've got to play."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 8, 2019

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