For the third day in a row, the Cubs/Brewers pitching matchup will be identical to one in the series at Wrigley Field last week.
I wonder how often this happens in modern baseball, with five-man rotations and off-days, even with teams occasionally matching up twice in two weeks as these two have. I can't remember it happening in the last couple of years to the Cubs, anyway.
The streak will be broken tomorrow -- Mark Prior, who did face the Brewers in Chicago, will face Doug Davis instead of Geremi Gonzalez.
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Speaking of 6-3, that's the Brewers' record against the Cubs this year, and in those nine games, the team scoring first has won. In fact, that was the case for the last six Brewer-Cub games last year, too. Thus, it would behoove the Cubs to hope that Juan Pierre's hot streak continues. He is hitting .373 with a .415 OBA in his last 26 games (110 AB); that's since June 10. I could say that had he hit like that all year, the Cubs might have been better off, but they're only 8-17 since June 10.
Does this mean having those numbers in the leadoff spot aren't valuable? No, it means that the Cubs didn't take advantage. Dysfunctional team personified.
Discuss amongst yourselves.