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On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Brewers Series Preview

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The Cubs took a pair from the Brewers at Wrigley last month. Can they sweep them again?

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The three-game series scheduled between the Cubs and Brewers at Wrigley Field in April was abbreviated to two games by rain. Nevertheless, I'll count the two wins as a sweep and hope the Cubs can continue their dominance of N.L. Central teams. They're 15-3 against divisional rivals so far this year.

Brewers pitching has been pretty bad; they have allowed the most runs (205) in the National League. They've been a bit better lately -- 16 runs allowed in their last six games -- but managed to just split those six, played against the Marlins and Padres.

I would expect large contingents of Cubs fans at all three of these games. The Brewers are averaging 27,223 per game so far this year, ranking 16th among all teams. Checking the Brewers website, there are still plenty of tickets available for Tuesday and Wednesday, somewhat fewer on Thursday -- weekday afternoons in Milwaukee tend to be popular. I'm planning on being at Thursday's game.

Fun fact

The Cubs won the last seven games played between these two teams at Miller Park last year, and were 8-2 overall in Milwaukee in 2015.

Pitching matchups

Tuesday: Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.03 ERA, 1.009 WHIP, 2.46 FIP) vs. Chase Anderson (1-5, 6.11 ERA, 1.642 WHIP, 5.96 FIP)

Wednesday: John Lackey (4-2, 3.54 ERA, 0.972 WHIP, 3.16 FIP) vs. Jimmy Nelson (4-3, 3.51 ERA, 1.169 WHIP, 4.73 FIP)

Thursday: Jason Hammel (5-0, 1.77 ERA, 1.205 WHIP, 2.95 FIP) vs. Junior Guerra (2-0, 4.00 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 3.19 FIP)

Times & TV channels

Tuesday: 7:10 p.m. CT, CSN Chicago

Wednesday: 7:10 p.m. CT, WGN

Thursday: 12:40 p.m. CT, CSN Chicago, MLB Network (outside Chicago & Milwaukee markets)

Prediction

The Cubs have favorable pitching matchups in all three of these games, and they've got a winning streak going in Milwaukee. It's tempting to predict a sweep, but I don't like doing that. So, let's say two of three again, and I'll be pleasantly surprised if they can take all three.

Up next

The Cubs head to the West Coast to play the San Francisco Giants in a three-game series beginning Friday night.