Since defeating the Brewers on Labor Day in Milwaukee, the Cubs are just 5-6, though they have been outscored by only two runs in that span, 46-44.
They enter this game 11-7 against the Brewers this year and overall are 41-21 against their four N.L. Central rivals with 14 games remaining, all against those teams.
The magic number to clinch the best record in the league remains at eight over the Nationals. Hopefully, it gets reduced at least to seven after this afternoon's contests.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist LF, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Montero C, Baez 2B, Hendricks P
Villar 3B, Gennett 2B, Carter 1B, Perez RF, Santana CF, Arcia SS, Susac C, Reed LF, Peralta P
All Kyle Hendricks did in his last start was nearly throw a no-hitter against the Cardinals. Before that he threw six strong innings against the Brewers in Milwaukee, and this year at Wrigley Field he has a 1.21 ERA and 0.851 WHIP in 14 appearances (13 starts) covering 89⅓ innings. Brewers hitters are hitting .211 (12-for-57) against him this year.
This is all to say that I think Kyle gives the Cubs an excellent chance to win this one.
Wily Peralta threw pretty well against the Cubs September 6 in Milwaukee, a game made easier for him by lots of Brewers runs. He did allow homers to Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero that evening. Peralta's first half was so bad that he was demoted to Triple-A for a time. He's been somewhat better since his return (3.50 ERA, 1.099 WHIP in seven starts).
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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.