Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers Preview, Tuesday 7/26, 7:10 CT: Going For Four!

Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs forces Jason Michaels #4 of the Houston Astros at second base at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 5-4 in ten innings. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Let's reminisce about the last time the Cubs won four straight games, shall we?

Not just four in a row, the Cubs had a six-game winning streak last season, all on the road in September, which consisted of consecutive sweeps of the Cardinals and Marlins -- after taking two of three in Milwaukee. It was the first time in franchise history the Cubs had won that many games on a road trip that long.

Seems like 100 years ago, doesn't it? Maybe this trip to Milwaukee will trigger memories, and a decent-sized winning streak. Because if it doesn't, the Cubs don't seem to have much of a chance of winning more than three straight any time the rest of the season -- the two remaining series vs. the Astros would be about it for three-game streaks.

Enjoy this while you can.

Cubs lineup:

Baker RF, Castro SS, Ramirez 3B, Soto C, Byrd CF, Pena 1B, Soriano LF, Barney 2B, Dempster P

Brewers lineup:

Hart RF, Morgan CF, Braun LF, Fielder 1B, Weeks 2B, McGehee 3B, Betancourt SS, Lucroy C, Narveson P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Ryan Dempster
Ryan Dempster
Cubs
vs. Chris Narveson
Chris Narveson
Brewers
7-7 W-L 6-6
5.00 ERA 4.45
116 SO 98
43 BB 43
14 HR 9
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ryan Dempster 7-7 22 21 0 0 0 0 122.1 131 71 68 14 43 116 5.00 1.42


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Chris Narveson 6-6 20 20 0 0 0 0 115.1 118 58 57 9 43 98 4.45 1.40

Ryan Dempster had one of his best outings of the year against the Brewers on June 13 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs even won the game, though after Dempster left a scoreless tie and got a no-decision. In 2010 and 2011 combined, he has a 0.82 ERA in five starts against Milwaukee. Current Brewers are hitting just .224 (57-for-255) against him. And yes, that 22 games, 21 starts is correct: Dempster was sent up in the 11th inning as a PH on June 9 in Philadelphia. Attempting to sacrifice, he struck out on a foul bunt, but the Cubs won anyway, the only game they won in that series.

The Cubs hit Chris Narveson pretty hard on June 15 at Wrigley Field, including home runs by Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker, but lost because the Brewers teed off on Carlos Zambrano that night. Narveson threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs on April 9 in Milwaukee. In addition to Baker and Reed, Aramis Ramirez has homered off Narveson in the past. Naturally, Reed isn't playing tonight.

Today's game is on WGN and FSN Wisconsin. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Brewers site Brew Crew Ball. The usual caution is advised.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 7:10 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 8 pm, 9 pm and 9:45 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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