|MILWAUKEE ( ESPINO )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( BUTLER )
|951||MILWAUKEE||+155||Ov 8,-120||+145||Ov 8.5,-105|
|952||CHICAGO CUBS||-165||Un 8,+100||-155||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-13||+9||19-12||5.2||0.260||0.324||0.463||0.786||4.2||0.261||0.328||0.416||0.744|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.6||5-2||6.7||0.308||0.368||0.502||0.870||4.0||0.261||0.321||0.444||0.765|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-16||-9.8||19-10||4.4||0.234||0.311||0.379||0.690||4.6||0.243||0.312||0.406||0.718|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||4-3||4.4||0.213||0.315||0.380||0.695||4.3||0.258||0.319||0.399||0.718|
|5/5/2017||NELSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||0-4||L||120||9 un||U||7||8||2||7||6||0|
|5/6/2017||GARZA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||1-2||L||140||8 un||U||3||3||0||11||7||0|
|5/7/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GLASNOW(R)||6-2||W||-105||8 ov||P||8||6||0||6||8||2|
|5/12/2017||GARZA(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||7-4||W||+100||9 un||O||12||10||0||8||5||0|
|5/13/2017||DAVIES(R)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||11-4||W||-115||9 ov||O||16||9||0||10||9||2|
|5/14/2017||PERALTA(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||11-9||W||+135||8.5 un||O||13||7||1||15||6||0|
|5/15/2017||ANDERSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||5-6||L||105||7.5 un||O||9||6||0||11||10||0|
|5/16/2017||NELSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||6-2||W||110||7.5 un||O||12||6||0||8||5||1|
|5/17/2017||GARZA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||3-1||W||120||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||7||0|
|5/18/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||COSART(R)||4-2||W||100||8 ov||U||9||7||0||5||6||2|
|5/19/2017||ESPINO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BUTLER(R)|| |
|5/20/2017||ANDERSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||NELSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|5/25/2017|| ||ARIZONA||RAY(L)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|5/5/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||2-3||L||-120||6.5 ov||U||4||6||0||11||9||2|
|5/6/2017||ANDERSON(L)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||6-11||L||-130||7.5 un||O||7||7||2||14||7||1|
|5/7/2017||LESTER(L)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||4-5||L||-125||7 un||O||11||18||2||10||11||0|
|5/9/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)||4-10||L||-145||10.5 ov||O||8||8||1||15||7||0|
|5/9/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||8-1||W||-135||10.5 ev||U||8||6||1||6||9||2|
|5/10/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ COLORADO||MARQUEZ(R)||0-3||L||-125||10 un||U||3||4||1||6||5||0|
|5/12/2017||BUTLER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||3-2||W||120||8.5 ev||U||6||9||1||4||7||1|
|5/13/2017||LESTER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||3-5||L||105||7.5 ov||O||6||7||2||8||5||1|
|5/14/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-5||L||-115||8.5 ev||U||4||6||0||12||8||0|
|5/22/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)|| |
|5/23/2017||LESTER(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||BUTLER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|5/25/2017||ARRIETA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: 2016: 73-89, fourth place
Manager: Craig Counsell (third season)
Who's new? 1B Eric Thames, 3B Travis Shaw, C Jett Bandy, RHP Neftali Feliz, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Tommy Milone
Who's gone? 1B Chris Carter, C Martin Maldonado, OF Rymer Liriano, RHP Tyler Thornburg, RHP Blaine Boyer, LHP Chris Capuano
Projected lineup: 2B Jonathan Villar (.285, 19 HR, 63 RBI, 62 SB), SS Orlando Arcia (.219, 4, 17), LF Ryan Braun (.305, 30, 91, 16), 1B Eric Thames (.317, 40, 118, 13 SBs in Korea), RF Domingo Santana (.256, 11, 32), 3B Travis Shaw (.242, 16, 71 with Red Sox), CF Keon Broxton (.242, 9, 19, 23 SB), C Jett Bandy (.234, 8, 25 with Angels)
Rotation: Junior Guerra (9-3, 2.81 ERA), Zach Davies (11-7, 3.97), Matt Garza (4-8, 4.51), Wily Peralta (7-11, 3.86), Jimmy Nelson (8-16, 4.62) or Chase Anderson (9-11, 4.39) or Tommy Milone (3-5, 5.71 with Twins)
Key relievers: RHP Neftali Feliz (4-2, 3.52 with Pirates), RHP Corey Knebel (1-4, 4.68), RHP Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.73), RHP Jhan Marinez (0-1, 3.22), RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0, 2.25 with Indians), RHP Jacob Barnes (0-1, 2.70), RHP Tyler Cravy (0-1, 2.86)
Hot spot: Fifth starter. Guerra and Davies began last season in the minors, then emerged as pleasant surprises in an otherwise long season. Now the Brewers have seven candidates for five rotation jobs. Nelson, who's led the staff in innings the last two years, might be wary of his two minor league options if he struggles out of the gate.
Outlook: No team was more active on the bases last season than the Brewers, whose 181 steals were the most by any team since 2009. Villar, Broxton and Hernan Perez were the primary thieves, and all return. The front office curiously chose not to bring back Carter after a 41-home run season. His replacement is Thames, who hasn't had a major league at-bat since 2012. Hitter-friendly Miller Park will do no favors to their pedestrian pitching staff, but the Brewers aren't expected to contend for at least another couple seasons. At least their offense will be entertaining in the meantime.
|CHICAGO CUBS: 2016: 103-58, won World Series
Manager: Joe Maddon (third season)
Who's new? OF Jon Jay, RHP Wade Davis, LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Koji Uehara, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Eddie Butler
Who's gone? OF Dexter Fowler, IF/OF Jorge Soler, LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jason Hammel
Projected lineup: LF Kyle Schwarber (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI in two games), 3B Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109), 2B Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49, 11 SB), C Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35), CF Jon Jay (.291, 2, 26 with Padres) or Albert Almora (.277, 3, 14 in 47 games)
Rotation: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35), LH Brett Anderson (1-2, 11.91 in four games with Dodgers) or LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52 with Mariners and Cubs) or RH Eddie Butler (2-5, 7.17 with Rockies) or LH Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 1.13 ERA in eight games) or RH Alec Mills (0-0, 13.50 in three games with Royals)
Key relievers: RH Wade Davis (2-1, 1.87, 27/30 SV with Royals), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 SV), RH Koji Uehara (2-3, 3.45, 7/9 SV with Red Sox), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10), LH Brian Duensing (1-0, 4.05 with Royals)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter. Of all the candidates vying to replace Hammel, who signed with Kansas City as a free agent, most have plenty of upside but didn't log many innings last year. That includes Anderson, who had one productive season and one unproductive season for the Dodgers. Keep an eye on southpaw Montgomery, who tossed two shutouts as a starter for the Mariners in 2015, came to the Cubs last year in a midseason trade, then was effective as a reliever. Last time he was on the mound, he recorded the save in Game 7 of the World Series.
Outlook: There hasn't been a back-to-back champion this century. For opponents of the Cubs, that might be the most tangible nugget of hope. Most of the key players return from a powerhouse team that played historically good defense, got no fewer than 165 innings from each of its top five starters, and featured a deep lineup led by NL MVP Kris Bryant. In the bullpen, two-time All-Star Davis is capable of replacing closer Chapman if he's healthy. Among the Cubs' regular position players, only Zobrist and new center fielder Jay are over 30 ' everyone else is either entering or in the midst of his prime. This is a strong outlook.
|Brewers' Espino ready for debut vs. Cubs|
CHICAGO -- The Milwaukee Brewers arrive at Wrigley Field on a roll but are in a midst of a pitching shakeup that saw a longtime starter move to the bullpen.
Winners of nine out of 11 games, the Brewers begin a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon.
Wily Peralta won't be starting, as manager Craig Counsell shifted him to the bullpen. Peralta, 4-2 with a 6.08 ERA, will be replaced by 30-year-old Paolo Espino, who will make his major league debut.
Espino will join the Brewers from Triple-A Colorado Springs, the latest stop in an 11-year minor league career. He began his career in 2007 in the Cleveland Indians' organization and is 76-63 with a 3.69 ERA in 291 minor league starts.
"He certainly has paid his dues and logged a ton of innings in the minor leagues, and he started to really perform last year," Counsell said. "And the start of this year he has really performed."
Espino, the Indians' 10th-round pick in the 2006 draft, has spent portions of eight seasons in Triple-A.
The native of Panama signed a minor league contract with Milwaukee in November and is 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA in seven starts with Colorado Springs this year.
"He has pitched very well, he has earned his shot is how we see it," Counsell said. "We're excited for him. It is a great opportunity."
Peralta, who has struggled in some starts, is now ticketed for long relief.
"It's something that it's kind of time for, we think," Counsell said earlier this week. "It's a big change for him, and it's not easy to make that transition during the season. But we'll get him in there, and I think he has a chance to be real good at it."
The Cubs will start right-hander Eddie Butler (1-0, 0.00 ERA). He will make his second start since joining the Cubs last week in St. Louis.
Butler was acquired by the Chicago organization in a February trade with the Colorado Rockies, and he spent the early stages of this season at Triple-A Iowa.
He has no record against the Brewers in two career starts, including an Oct. 1, 2016, appearance for the Rockies when he worked 2 1/3 innings of relief.
It will be his second career start at Wrigley Field and first as a Cub. Butler picked up the win on July 29, 2015, for Colorado after throwing five innings while allowing three earned runs on five hits.
Butler said he is trying to maintain a low-key, steady approach after working six scoreless innings and allowing just two hits in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals last Friday.
"It's another game, the first one at Wrigley for the home team," Butler said. "And I'll go out there and attack guys, get guys to put the ball in play and rely on my defense."
Butler will be tasked with pitching well against another hot team. The Brewers took the final three games of their four-game series in San Diego, including a 4-2 victory Thursday.
Nobody has been hotter on the Brewers than Eric Sogard, who recorded his second four-hit game of the series. Sogard went 4-for-4 Thursday and highlighted his day with a two-run double in the seventh to cap a 12-pitch at-bat.
Sogard's big showing occurred as Eric Thames did not start each game due to strep throat. Thames, who is hitting .313 with 13 home runs and 25 RBIs, pinch-hit Thursday and is expected to start Friday.
Since joining the Brewers last weekend after a promotion from Colorado Springs, Sogard is hitting .588 (10-for-17) with two home runs and eight RBIs.
"Unbelievable," Counsell said.
Espino will attempt to stop an offense that scored 25 runs during a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.
Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in five runs Thursday in Chicago's 9-5 win, while Kris Bryant added his eighth homer.
"We're trending in the right direction, which is good," Chicago left-hander Jon Lester said.
|Last Updated: 7/27/2017 7:44:27 PM EST|