Cubs vs. Brewers Preview, Wednesday 9/18, 7:10 CT: Here We Go Again

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs will try it again in Milwaukee tonight; recent events at Miller Park suggest tonight won't be much different than the recent past.

MILWAUKEE -- About the time you're reading this, I should be arriving at Miller Park for my final Cubs road game of the year.

Why am I doing this? I like road trips, and it should be interesting to see Miller Park as empty as I ever have seen it. I should note that the Cubs are 5-20 since the beginning of 2011 at Miller Park, and I have not seen them win there since this game more than three years ago. It would be nice to end that drought.

Cubs lineup:

Castro SS, Valbuena 3B, Rizzo 1B, Navarro C, Schierholtz RF, Sweeney CF, Bogusevic LF, Barney 2B, Rusin P

Insert your choice of "other split-squad" joke here.

Brewers lineup:

Aoki RF, Segura SS, Lucroy C, Ramirez 3B, Gomez CF, Davis LF, Halton 1B, Gennett 2B, Thornburg P

Today's Starting Pitchers

Chris Rusin

Chris Rusin


Cubs

vs. Tyler Thornburg

Tyler Thornburg


Brewers

vs. Mil

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vs. Cubs


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Chris Rusin 2-4 11 11 0 0 0 0 60.0 56 20 19 5 21 32 2.85 1.28


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Tyler Thornburg 2-1 16 5 0 0 0 0 53.2 44 15 13 1 23 36 2.18 1.25

Chris Rusin has been quite solid since his recall after the Scott Feldman trade, although his previous outing this year against the Brewers (September 6 at Wrigley Field) was one of his worst of the year. He rebounded from that one with a very good start against the Pirates. Rusin has definitely placed himself in the conversation for the 2014 rotation; he's put together five starts of six or more innings in the 10 that he had a chance to do that (he was not expected to go that long in his first start after his recall).

Tyler Thornburg threw six scoreless innings against the Cubs July 30 at Wrigley Field and since being returned to the Brewers rotation this month, has had two very good starts against contending teams (Pirates and Cardinals). We are probably doomed, considering the lack of offense already demonstrated in this series.

Today's game is on CSN Chicago.

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.

Here's the scoop on game threads for 2013. You'll find the game preview -- like this one -- posting as the first link in the StoryStream™, which will then contain all the overflow threads and the recap. The recap will also be on the front page as a separate post; once I post a game recap, the stream for each game will be retitled "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.

In general, game previews will post two hours before game time. Exception: for day games after night games, that will usually be 90 minutes.

You will also be able to find the First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in this StoryStream™. As I've done for each regular-season game for several years now, we'll have the First Pitch thread at five minutes before game time (moved up from actual game time per your requests), then an overflow one hour, two hours and 2:45 after game time.

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