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Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers Preview, Tuesday 4/18, 7:05 CT

The Cubs have a four-game losing streak. It would be nice if that ended tonight.

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Remember the old Chicago saying? "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes, it'll change."

It's taking a bit more than five minutes, but we are having some wild weather swings here. With the wind blowing out Saturday, the Cubs and Pirates combined for six home runs. It was also quite nice and pleasant Sunday.

Monday night? Cold, with the wind blowing in.

Tonight? Warm again, with southwest breezes, game time temp near 70.

Perhaps the Cubs can outhomer the Brewers tonight. The Cubs currently rank last in the N.L. with only nine home runs, but have allowed 15.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Heyward RF, Montero C, Baez SS, Anderson P, Jay CF

Brewers lineup:

Villar 2B, Thames 1B, Braun LF, Shaw 3B, Santana RF, Pina C, Broxton CF, Arcia SS, Nelson P

Brett Anderson vs. Jimmy Nelson

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Tonight we have a pitching rematch of the game in Milwaukee on April 7. Anderson threw 5⅔ innings; Nelson threw six. Both allowed one run. Anderson struck out four, Nelson struck out eight. The only Cubs run off Nelson came on a home run by Ben Zobrist.

The Cubs lost that game in extra innings. Here's hoping for a different result tonight.

Today's game is on WGN.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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