Cubs vs Brewers Series Preview (August 13-16): TV and Game Info, Starting Pitchers, Insights

The Cubs (12-3) are off to their best start since the 1907 season, a year that ended with a title in case you were interested. Getting out of the gate so quickly really helps in a 60-game sprint. A 5.5 game lead with just 45 to play is an enviable place to be.

The Cubs starting pitching has dominated so far and the offense piled 14 runs on a quality Cleveland pitching staff in a two-game sweep. Chicago now welcomes the Brewers to Wrigley for a four-game series starting Thursday.

Milwaukee (7-9) has struggled with a retooled starting rotation early on, with the exception of ace Brandon Woodruff. Christian Yelich has gotten off to a slow start and Lorenzo Cain opted out of the season.

Those facts aside, the Brewers always play the Cubs hard and still have All-Star closer Josh Hader. Chicago has a chance to bury the Brew Crew and based on past experience, it would behoove them to do so.

Game Time and Broadcast Info

  • Thursday, August 13 at 6:15pm CT on FOX
  • Friday, August 14 at 7:15pm CT on MLB Network and Marquee
  • Saturday, August 15 at 7:15pm CT on Marquee
  • Sunday, August 16 at 1:20pm CT on Marquee

Starting Pitchers

Date Pitcher Age T ERA W/L FIP K/BB
8/13 Yu Darvish 33 R 2.12 2-1 1.72 8.00
Brett Anderson 32 L 5.40 0-1 5.62 2.00
8/14 Tyler Chatwood 30 R 5.40 2-1 2.53 5.75
Brandon Woodruff 27 R 2.53 1-1 3.30 5.20
8/15 Alec Mills 28 R 1.38 2-0 4.14 1.40
Adrian Houser 27 R 2.65 1-1 4.48 2.17
8/16 Jon Lester 36 L 1.06 2-0 3.83 2.25
Josh Lindblom 33 R 5.68 1-0 5.44 3.33

What to Watch For

  • Jason Heyward reached base six times against Cleveland.
  • Mills was skipped last time through the rotation, but was great in his two starts.
  • Orlando Arcia has an OPS of .667 this year, so expect him to go off this series.
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