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Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Tuesday 7/5, 7:10 CT

The Cubs look to even up their series in Milwaukee.

Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images

Tuesday notes...

  • TRIPLING UP: Cubs batters have hit 16 triples this season, tied for third in the majors, and they have had 11 players record at least one triple, the most among any club (Arizona, Colorado and Detroit are second with 10 players each).
  • THE LAST 12: The Cubs are 7-5 over their last 12 games since June 22, with the team batting .283/.369/.461 (121-for-427). The team batted .288 (32-for-111) with RISP in the first 10 games of this stretch (7-3) before going 2-for-25 in that situation in the team’s last two contests, both losses. Over that same stretch, Cubs pitching has posted a 3.49 ERA, including a 2.84 ERA from the bullpen and a 4.03 ERA from the rotation.
  • RISPY BUSINESS: The Cubs have had 877 plate appearances with runners in scoring position, the most among NL clubs and second in the majors (Boston, 892). But, they have hit .222 (162-for-731) with runners in scoring position this season, the third-lowest mark in the majors ahead of Pittsburgh (.200) and Arizona (.220).

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Willson Contreras is out of the lineup after leaving Monday’s game with a hamstring issue.

Brewers lineup:

Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Jason Alexander, RHP


Kyle Hendricks, last four starts: 3.57 ERA, 1.147 WHIP, only three walks in 22⅔ innings.

That’s pretty good, and it includes one clunker against the Braves, who have crushed Kyle the last two years.

The Brewers have crushed him this year, too: 6.14 ERA, 1.636 WHIP, three home runs in 14⅔ innings. So we’re hoping for something better tonight.

Jason Alexander is filling in for Adrian Houser, who went on the injured list with a flexor strain after his most recent start.

Alexander has made seven appearances (five starts) including his MLB debut against the Cubs June 1 at Wrigley Field (seven innings, seven hits, three runs). However, his last start was June 23, 11 days ago, and he has thrown two brief relief appearances since then. So... whether he’s still stretched out to go six or seven innings is an open question.


Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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The 2022 Game Thread procedure will be like last years, similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.

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, titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads.” It will contain every post related to that particular game, including the First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread, as well as the recap when it’s published. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread in the box marked “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in that section.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.