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Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers Preview, Wednesday 5/18, 7:10 CT

The Cubs try to end a two-game losing streak.

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The last time the Cubs lost more than two consecutive regular-season games was September 23-25-26, 2015, when they lost three in a row, one to the Brewers, two to the Pirates. Since then they have gone 35-10 in regular-season contests.

I trust you'd like to see the two-game streak snapped tonight.

Here are today's particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, La Stella 3B, Russell SS, Ross C, Lackey P

Brewers lineup:

Villar SS, Gennett 2B, Lucroy C, Carter 1B, Nieuwenhuis CF, Santana RF, Presley LF, Hill 3B, Nelson P

John Lackey


Jimmy Nelson

John Lackey has a 1.96 ERA in three May starts, after having a shaky April. That includes a 0.696 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 23 innings. He has not faced the Brewers this year; last year he had a 1.85 ERA in four starts against them, and a 2.08 ERA in two Miller Park outings. Current Brewers are hitting .248 against him (26-for-105) with two home runs. Ryan Braun is just 4-for-19 against Lackey.

Jimmy Nelson held the Cubs to two hits (but four walks) over 5⅓ innings April 26 at Wrigley Field. He's been the best of a weak Brewers rotation so far this year. Current Cubs are 22-for-86 (.256) against him with one home run (Anthony Rizzo).

Today's game is on WGN.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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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.