Series Preview: Cubs vs. Brewers (4/5-4/8) — Game Times, Pitching Matchups, and More

Following just a one-game series against the Reds shortened due to rain, the Cubs are back in action after a few days off to face the rival Brewers for the first time this season starting on Thursday night.

The Records

Cubs (2-3), Fourth in NL Central
Brewers (4-2), Second in NL Central

The Game Times & Broadcast Info

4/5: Cubs at Brewers 7:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
4/6: Cubs at Brewers 7:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago+, 670 The Score
4/7: Cubs at Brewers 3:05 PM CT on Fox Sports One, ABC 7, 670 The Score
4/8: Cubs at Brewers 1:10 PM CT on WGN, 670 The Score

The Pitching Matchups

4/5: Jon Lester (CHC) vs. Brent Suter (MIL)
4/6: Kyle Hendricks (CHC) vs. Brandon Woodruff (MIL)
4/7: Yu Darvish (CHC) vs. Zach Davies (MIL)
4/8: Jose Quintana (CHC) vs. Chase Anderson (MIL)

The Probable Lineups

Cubs

1: Ian Happ, CF
2: Kris Bryant, 3B
3: Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4: Willson Contreras, C
5: Kyle Schwarber, LF
6: Addison Russell, SS
7: Jason Heyward, RF
8: Javy Baez, 2B
9: Pitcher

Brewers

1: Eric Thames, 1B
2: Christian Yelich, LF
3: Lorenzo Cain, CF
4: Travis Shaw, 3B
5: Domingo Santana, RF
6: Jonathan Villar, 2B
7: Manny Pina, C
8: Eric Sogard, SS
9: Pitcher

The Players to Watch For

Christian Yelich (MIL): Although we hate to admit this, Christian Yelich is an above-average outfielder for the Brewers and his numbers at the plate show. Yelich is batting .385 with a homer and 5 RBI in 6 games this season. For his career, he’s around .290 with 60 homers and 298 RBI in 5 seasons. On Wednesday, manager Craig Counsell said that Yelich is dealing with oblique stiffness and is day-to-day. We do know he will miss the first game of this series, but anything else is still unknown.

Jon Lester (CHC): The experienced veteran, Jon Lester, has tended to bounce back from bad starts over the past few years in Chicago. They do not happen too often, but they do happen three to four times a season now for the 34-year old. Lester’s season debut was not horrible or anything of that nature, but just simply not the best we’ve seen from him. He’s on the bump for game one of this series after missing his scheduled start on Tuesday due to the rain-out. 

The Conclusion

It’s pretty hard to believe that the Cubs have not scored in 5 days during the regular season when baseball is supposed to be about every day at this point. A few days off hopefully can be just what the Cubs needed in a time where the hitting has gone cold, 3/5 of the rotation was not at their best. We are sure that the Cubs are ready to come back and play some great baseball. 

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Lucas Babcock

Lucas Babcock is the Editor in Chief of SportZreport.com. Lucas has been a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

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