The Cubs have always liked playing in Milwaukee, ever since the Brewers came to the National League in 1998.
It's become even more than just "Wrigley North" since Lou Piniella became the Cubs' manager in 2007. Since then, through last night, the Cubs are 16-8 in Milwaukee; that's considerably better than their 16-13 record against the Brewers at Wrigley Field in that same time frame.
While we are all hoping for a sweep today, here are a couple of reminders of real life involving baseball:
- Here's a nice remembrance of Rockies team president Keli McGregor, who died suddenly last Tuesday. The Rockies are holding a memorial service this morning for him.
- Pirates pitcher Chris Jakubauskas, just recalled from the minor leagues, was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Lance Berkman yesterday. Jakubauskas will be OK, it appears, but that's a frightening moment.
A happier note, before we move on to today's game preview: the 8,300 runners who ran the "Race To Wrigley" yesterday raised over $150,000 for Cubs Care and Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2010 - Randy Wells||1-0||3||3||0||0||0||0||18.1||22||5||5||0||5||13||2.45||1.47|
|2010 - Dave Bush||1-0||3||3||0||0||0||0||18.2||14||5||5||2||6||10||2.41||1.07|
This game is a pitching rematch of the game on April 14 at Wrigley Field; Bush actually outpitched Wells that day, but neither was involved in the decision. The Cubs came from behind with a four-run eighth and won 7-6. Geovany Soto homered off Bush that day; Wells allowed 10 hits and four runs, but no homers. In two career starts at Miller Park, Wells is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 11 total innings.
Today's game is on Chicago (CSN) and Milwaukee (FSN Wisconsin) cable -- and is also being picked up nationally on TBS for their Sunday game of the week. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
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This afternoon's first pitch thread will be up at 1 pm CDT, and the overflows will post at 2:15, 3:15 and 4 pm CDT.
Discuss amongst yourselves.