Cubs vs. Brewers – Series Preview (September 10-12): TV and Game Info, Pitching Matchups, Insights

The Cubs just had about as rough a week as possible to end their long road trip. They lost two of three to the second-place Brewers before playing a rain-ravaged series in Washington. Friday’s and Sunday’s games were postponed, costing Chicago a start from Jon Lester, and the Nats swept Saturday’s soggy doubleheader to add insult to injury.

The Cubs now return to Wrigley for three huge games with Milwaukee, who swept the Giants after the Northsiders left town to move within two games of first place. Lorenzo Cain is heating up as Christian Yelich cools just a little bit, but the grinding lineup continues to be the driving force behind their success.

Injured Zach Davies and newly acquired Gio Gonzalez have entered the rotation to try to ease the burden on the bullpen. Make no mistake, though, the Brewers’ playoff fortunes will live and die with the relief corps.

Suddenly, the Cubs are having pen problems of their own. The relief unit gave up the lead twice in the last week and got shelled a couple more times. Carl Edwards Jr. has struggled of late but he is hardly alone.

It didn’t seem possible the Cubs’ schedule could get more trying down the stretch, but Sunday’s washout was pushed to what had been an open day on Thursday. That will make it around a month between planned off-days, something can really weigh a team down no matter how talented they are.

With Milwaukee’s surge, this series becomes much more important than it seemed merely a week ago. Circumstances have conspired against the Cubs but no one is shedding tears for them and this series is going to say a lot about just how tense the the next 20 games will be.

Game Time and Broadcast Info

  • Monday, September 10 at 7:05 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago
  • Tuesday, September 11 at 7:05 pm CT on MLB Network (out of market) and WGN
  • Wednesday, September 12 at 7:05 pm CT on ESPN and ABC-7

Starting Pitchers

Date Pitcher Age T ERA W/L FIP K/BB
9/10 Jon Lester 34 L 3.53 15-5 4.63 2.25
Wade Miley 31 L 2.12 3-2 3.56 2.00
9/11 Jose Quintana 29 L 4.14 12-9 4.52 2.03
Jhoulys Chacin 30 R 3.59 14-6 3.95 2.26
9/12 Kyle Hendricks 28 R 3.71 11-10 3.93 3.53
Chase Anderson 30 R 3.95 9-7 5.26 2.29

What to Watch For

  • Cub-killer Ryan Braun is hitting .313 in September, more reason to be worried when he comes up to bat.
  • Victor Caratini may be the hottest hitter on the team right now. The backup catcher is hitting .308 the last seven days.
  • Lester gets another start just three days after his last one, which lasted just one inning being being wiped out by rain.
  • Kris Bryant’s timing is still a bit off since his return. He is hitting just .238 the last week of games.
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Sean Holland

Sean was born and lives in Billings, Montana. He is a 4th generation Cubs fan. Going all the way back to when his great grandfather lived in Chicago. Having a degree in history he enjoys bringing the historical perspective to baseball. Also the history of the Simpsons is a particular area of expertise. Sean usually attends Cubs games in Denver every year he can.

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  1. Another rainout! Which may be a blessing in disguise, giving the bullpen a blow. The Cubs play 16 of 20 in Chicago (counting the 3 on the south side). Leaving a single off day ROS. Brewers and Cards have 3.
    This is likely the biggest series of the season.
    As of Saturday, following all games.
    Cubs – Brewers and Cardinals to win division.
    Current record. ROS.Final . ROS. Final
    83-59. 10-10. 93-69. 11-9. 94-68
    82-62. 12-6. 94-68. 13-5. 95-67
    79-64. 14-5. 93-69. 15-4. 94-68
    (The Cubs have clinched the tiebreaker against the Brewers)
    (Cardinals lead the season series 9-7 against the Cubs, with 3 to go – a Cardina win will clinch the tiebreaker)
    (The Cards and Brewers are tied at 8-8)

    Each team has a series left against the other. The Brewers have, by far, the easiest schedule in the NL, as outside of the Cubs and Cards, they play teams under .500 ROS. The Cards play 4 against LA and 3 in Atlanta. The Cubs have 1 left in DC and 3 in Arizona.
    The final series in St. Louis against the Brewers will likely seal one of their fates.

    The Brewers are red hot, having won 9 of 12. They are in the drivers seat for the WC. With a similar scenario as the Cubs in the Central, but for the WC. The Cards, having lost 2 in Detroit are teetering on losing the second WC.
    – That final weekend home series could be a repeat of the Cubs clinching and then knocking St. Louis out of the playoffs.

    Arizona (Cubs 3x) and Colorado (Philly and Nats) play 7x and 3 against LA. LA plays each 3x (after today at Colorado) the Cardinals and finish in San Francisco.
    That’s going to be a dogfight. They may just beat themselves up and out of a WC.

    The Philly’s have 4 games in Colorado and play Atlanta 7x, so they, more then any team, control their own destiny.
    Alternatively, the division and a WC are Atlanta’s to lose, as they are tied with St. Louis and play them 3x.
    Worst comes to worst, the Cubs are almost a lock for a WC.

    Suffice to say, it’s going to be a wild ass finish in the senior circuit.

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