miller parkThe Cubs will try to stave off the sweep today, and Jason Hammel will try to continue his great start to the year.

Hammel will get a gift in the form of the Brewers playing today without both Ryan Braun (intercoastal strain) and Jean Segura (Ryan Brain bat to the face strain). There’s still some offense in that lineup, though.

On the Cubs’ offensive side, it’s another new lineup, with Ryan Kalish getting a shot at leading off, following by Junior Lake (who is playing center field). Perhaps today is the day John Baker gets his first hit on the year.



Game Info

Chicago Cubs (7-16) at Milwaukee Brewers (18-6), 1:10 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jason Hammel (2.60 ERA, 4.53 FIP, 3.66 xFIP; 4.00 K/BB)

versus

Wily Peralta (2.19 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 3.47 xFIP; 3.17 K/BB)

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

1. Carlos Gomez, CF

2. Scooter Gennett, 2B

3. Jonathan Lucroy, C

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Khris Davis, LF

6. Lyle Overbay, 1B

7. Jeff Bianchi, SS

8. Elian Herrera, RF

9. Wily Peralta, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Ryan Kalish, LF

2. Junior Lake, CF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Mike Olt, 3B

7. John Baker, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jason Hammel, P




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