The Brewers continue their home stand on Friday as the Chicago Cubs come to town for a weekend three-game series. Both teams will enter the series fresh from an off day as well as an even 5-5 over each of their last ten games. However the Brewers come into Friday on a two game winning streak, while the Cubs will look to end their two game losing streak.
Record (32-22), 1st in NL Central, 2.5 game lead over St. Louis
Record (19-32), 5th in NL Central, 11.5 games backof Milwaukee
Season Series: 3-3
Key Stat: 1.68
That is the ERA of Sunday's starting pitcher for the Cubs, Jeff Samardzija, which is good for second best in the majors although he has only a 1-4 record to show for it.
The Brewers have seen good offensive production in recent games thanks to a new lineup that has featured Jean Segura as the leadoff man with Ryan Braun stepping out of the three-spot in favor of Jonathan Lucroy. This lineup has helped produce six runs or more in five of the last six games.
The Cubs scored eight runs in the first seven innings of their last series against the San Francisco Giants, but were held scoreless in the remaining 20 innings. Tim Lincecum of the Giants threw five no-hit innings in the final game of the series.
What to watch for:
Sunday's game will be billed as the classic pitchers duel as Jeff Samardzija (1-4, 1.68 ERA) takes the hill against Kyle Lohse (6-1, 2.92 ERA). Lohse won the last matchup between the two, allowing three Cubs runs in seven innings of a 4-3 Brewers victory on May 16th.
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