In the series preview, I noted that the Cubs have won the last seven games they have played in Miller Park.
But their recent dominance of the Brewers goes farther than that. Since September 1, 2014, the Cubs are 21-6 against their rivals from up I-94.
The Brewers are in "rebuild" mode and don't figure to be very good this year. This would be a great series to continue this sort of domination.
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Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Russell SS, Baez 3B, Montero C, Hendricks P
Villar SS, Gennett 2B, Braun LF, Lucroy C, Carter 1B, Santana RF, Nieuwenhuis CF, Hill 3B, Anderson P
Kyle Hendricks has had a very good May so far (1.42 ERA, 0.868 WHIP in two starts). He allowed the Brewers just two hits and a run in five innings April 26 at Wrigley Field. He was lifted after 69 pitches that day for a pinch-hitter as Joe Maddon tried to generate some runs (it worked, the Cubs scored a run in that inning). Over his career Hendricks has a 1.49 ERA in seven starts against the Brewers and a 0.49 ERA in three starts at Miller Park. More of this, please.
Chase Anderson came to the Brewers in the deal that sent Jean Segura to the Diamondbacks. He has had a rough time this year, especially over his last four starts, where he's posted a 9.31 ERA, 26 hits, 11 walks and seven (!) home runs in 19⅓ innings. (Yikes, that's bad.) He has never faced the Cubs (as a pitcher -- he did pinch-hit at Wrigley for the D'backs in the ninth inning of this 14-5 Cubs win last September 4 and popped out), and the only Cubs who have faced him are Jason Heyward (1-for-6) and Tommy La Stella (0-for-3).
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. Here's how it works.
You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).
At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap 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 the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.
The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.