Milwaukee Brewers versus Chicago Cubs Series 8th September 2017
In this National League Central division series match up, the first place Cubs play the second place Brewers at their home ground Wrigley Field.
The teams are relatively evenly matched offensively with a combined nine players with 20 or more home runs.
On the mound, the Brewers appear to have a slight edge for this weekends games but let’s have a closer look below.
- On Friday, Jimmy Nelson goes for the Brewers versus John Lackey for the Cubs. Nelson has been very good all season, coming in at 11-6 with a 3.29 ERA and 192 strikeouts in 170 1/3 innings. Lackey is 6-1 over the last seven, but has generally struggled this season. He’s allowed 32 home runs and has a 4.74 ERA.
- Saturday’s game has Chase Anderson on the mound for the Brewers opposed by Mike Montgomery. Anderson is 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA, allowing less than a hit per inning, while striking out nearly one per inning. Montgomery had a 3.58 ERA in 38 games overall, 11 as a starter. He has an impressive 95 to 114 1/3 hits to innings pitched ratio.
- The series finale features Zach Davies for the Brewers and Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs. Davis is eight games above .500 at 16-8 with a 3.77 ERA. Hendricks, who missed a portion of time due to injury, is 6-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 2-0 over the last three starts.
- Offensively, watch Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, Trevor Shaw, Eric Thames and Ken Broxton for the Brewers. Braun is hitting .278 with 14 home runs, while Shaw and Thames lead the team with 28 home runs each. Santana has been the Brewers best overall hitter, at .277 with 24 home runs, while Broxton has added 20 bombs despite a .221 batting average.
- The Cubs have five players with 20 or more home runs, lead by Anthony Rizzo’s 31. He also has 100 RBI and a .279 batting average. Kris Bryant has been the best overall hitter at .291 with 25 home runs, while Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ have contributed 24 and 21 home runs.
- Also note that Wilson Contreras, who has been on the DL since August 9, could return soon. It is uncertain if he and his .274 average with 21 home runs will be ready for this weekend.
Cut to the Chase Prediction
I see the Brewers taking game one, as Lackey’s propensity for allowing the long ball will hurt him in this one. The Cubs are likely to take the next two at home, but don’t be surprised if the Brewers edge the Cubs in this series, two games to one. Good luck in your Fantasy comp or betting this week!