|CHICAGO CUBS ( QUINTANA )|
MILWAUKEE ( ANDERSON )
|957||CHICAGO CUBS||-125||Ov 9,+105||-130||Ov 9,-115|
|958||MILWAUKEE||+115||Un 9,-125||+120||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||65-54||-17.8||54-60||4.9||0.251||0.326||0.421||0.747||4.5||0.237||0.310||0.393||0.703|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||1-6||3.4||0.262||0.351||0.378||0.729||3.4||0.242||0.300||0.383||0.683|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-16||+2.9||20-12||5.5||0.261||0.331||0.426||0.757||5.1||0.270||0.336||0.445||0.781|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||2-5||4.1||0.280||0.353||0.448||0.801||3.1||0.247||0.302||0.339||0.641|
|9/12/2017||QUINTANA(L)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||8-3||W||-290||8.5 un||O||11||8||0||7||9||0|
|9/13/2017||LESTER(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||17-5||W||-270||8.5 ov||O||16||10||0||10||9||1|
|9/14/2017||TSENG(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||14-6||W||-210||9.5 un||O||14||3||1||11||6||3|
|9/15/2017||LACKEY(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||8-2||W||-120||9 ov||O||8||4||0||7||6||1|
|9/16/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||4-1||W||-145||9.5 ov||U||10||12||0||6||5||0|
|9/17/2017||QUINTANA(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-3||W||-180||9 ov||U||11||12||1||10||11||0|
|9/19/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-1||W||145||8 ov||U||6||4||1||1||1||0|
|9/20/2017||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||1-8||L||-115||8 un||O||5||6||0||10||8||0|
|9/21/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||5-3||W||-135||9 ov||U||12||8||0||12||12||0|
|9/22/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||5-4||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||9||9||0||8||4||0|
|9/23/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)||3-4||L||-135||9 ov||U||8||7||0||11||8||1|
|9/24/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||LESTER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|9/10/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||3-1||W||145||8 un||U||7||8||0||8||7||2|
|9/15/2017||JEFFRESS(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||10-2||W||-120||9.5 ov||O||12||9||0||6||5||0|
|9/16/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)||4-7||L||-150||9.5 ev||O||8||9||0||12||5||0|
|9/17/2017||WOODRUFF(R)||@ MIAMI||PETERS(L)||10-3||W||-135||9 ov||O||16||9||1||8||5||1|
|9/18/2017||SUTER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||3-0||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||10||7||0||8||6||0|
|9/19/2017||ANDERSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)||1-0||W||100||8.5 ov||U||6||8||1||6||6||0|
|9/20/2017||WILKERSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BRAULT(L)||4-6||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||7||8||2||8||5||0|
|9/21/2017||DAVIES(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||3-5||L||+125||9 ov||U||12||12||0||12||8||0|
|9/22/2017||WOODRUFF(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||4-5||L||+105||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||9||9||0|
|9/23/2017||SUTER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||4-3||W||+125||9 ov||U||11||8||1||8||7||0|
|9/24/2017||ANDERSON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/29/2017||ANDERSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GANT(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Cubs, Brewers meet in key series finale|
MILWAUKEE -- The postseason is still a week away, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs can expect another afternoon of playoff-like intensity and atmosphere on Sunday when they wrap up a four-game showdown at Miller Park.
The first three games of this crucial four-game series between the National League Central-leading Cubs and the upstart Brewers have been riddled with drama: strong solid pitching, lockdown late-inning relief and last at-bat heroics as all three games went 10 innings and were decided by two runs or fewer.
"There's no difference between these three games and the games that are going to occur in the next month," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, whose team has a 4 1/2-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central. "They were absolutely that intense, well played on both sides, give both teams credit."
And the Brewers, who kept their slimming playoff hopes alive Saturday with a two-run walk-off homer by Travis Shaw, know it won't get any easier.
"I haven't been able to come up with the words for this series," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "This is about as exciting as it gets. It is as exciting as it gets.(The Cubs are) clearly coming into a good place where they're really tough to beat."
The Brewers not only are behind the Cubs for the division lead but trail Colorado by just a game for the second National League wild-card spot, with a half-game lead over the resurgent St. Louis Cardinals.
"They've battled when people have counted them out or not believed," Counsell said. "They'll continue to show up fight until the very end."
Chase Anderson gets the start as Milwaukee goes for the series split and a victory in the season series, which is tied at nine games apiece.
He has been sharp all season, despite missing nearly two months with a strained oblique, but has been dominant at Miller Park, where he's 5-0 with a 2.34 ERA in 10 starts this season.
"I want to be that guy," Anderson said of stepping up to bolster a rotation that has been depleted by injury and ineffectiveness. "There's plenty of guys in this clubhouse that can be that guy, but when you get asked to do it, it's an honor. I hope to do it throughout this September and hopefully in the postseason.
"I feel strong, I feel healthy and I think being out with the oblique injury kind of set me up for this. Kind of a blessing in disguise. Arm feels great, I'm ready to go."
Anderson has faced the Cubs three times this season, going 2-1 with a 5.14 ERA, and is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA in six career starts against Chicago, which hands the ball to left-hander Jose Quintana.
Acquired at the break from the crosstown White Sox, Quintana has gone 6-3 with a 3.95 ERA since shifting to the North Side and took a no-decision his last time out, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals.
"He's becoming more part of the fabric, he knows the guys now, he seems more at ease," Maddon said of Quintana. "He's become part of the group. He's assimilated well.
"He's easy to respect. It's easy to respect this guy the way he goes about his work. He's become more comfortable with us and I think he won us over with the way he went about his work."
|Last Updated: 10/23/2017 3:08:32 AM EST|