Does hosting a depleted Brewers team after sweeping the mighty Giants lead to any kind of let down? It seems like it would be only human to have a slight let down in intensity. Every game is so important at this point, though, that it’s hard to imagine the Cubs sleeping walking into any series.
We’re Going Streaking
The Cubs are a touch warm. They swept the Giants in four, split two against the Pirates before that, and swept these Brewers in four before that.
After being swept by the Cubs, the Brewers went on to take three of four from the Padres (oops on the no-selling thing, Padres, eh?) and one of three from the Cardinals. They are depleted, but not a pushover.
Game Times and Broadcasts
- Tuesday, August 11 at 7:05 CT on CSN.
- Wednesday, August 12 at 7:05 CT on WGN-9.
- Thursday, August 13 at 1:20 CT on ABC-7.
And, if you’re not in the blackout region, you can always watch on MLB.tv.
Expected Starters and Lineups
These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded, but you’ll want to check each day’s Pre-Gamin’ post for the actual lineup.
Starters: Dan Haren (3.49 ERA, 4.74 FIP; 3.37 K/BB), Jason Hammel (3.17 ERA, 3.36 FIP; 4.62 K/BB), Jon Lester (3.22 ERA, 2.95 FIP; 4.09 K/BB)
Lineup (probably gonna be changing frequently):
- Dexter Fowler, CF
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- Chris Coghlan, 2B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Jorge Soler, RF
- Miguel Montero, C
- Addison Russell, SS
Starters: Taylor Jungman (2.26 ERA, 2.89 FIP; 2.90 K/BB), Matt Garza (4.95 ERA, 4.81 FIP; 1.98 K/BB), Tyler Cravy (4.95 ERA, 4.00 FIP; 2.17 K/BB)
- Scooter Gennett, 2B
- Jonathan Lucroy, C
- Ryan Braun, RF
- Adam Lind, 1B
- Khris Davis, LF
- Shane Peterson, CF
- Jean Segura, SS
- Elian Herrera, 3B
Hot or Not and Whom to Watch
This time, the Cubs will face the Brewers without Carlos Gomez AND Gerardo Parra for the entirety of the series. Jonathan Broxton is also gone, and Kyle Lohse has been removed from the rotation (not sure that last one actually helps the Cubs, though). This is a shell of the team that started the season with dreams of contention, but don’t sleep on the possibility of the Brewers taking this series – they still have some pop in the lineup, and Taylor Jungman has been fantastic this year. Indeed, today’s game is a dicey match-up, on paper, for the Cubs.
I could go into several Cubs hitters who are piping hot these days, but I want to focus, specifically, on a guy who’d been getting a lot of attention for a recent, long slump: Kris Bryant. During a current seven-game hitting streak, Bryant is going .333/.481/.524.
Maybe Bryant just needed some home cookin’? Despite Wrigley playing like a pitcher’s park for most of this season, Bryant’s home/road splits are bananas: .281/.399/.573 (168 wRC+) at home, .222/.325/.325 (85 wRC+) on the road.
I could post Jon Lester’s season numbers and they’d look like a nice hot stretch, but it gets even hotter if you look at his last 10 starts: 2.13 ERA, 2.20 FIP, 2.91 xFIP, 27.0% K rate, 5.5% BB rate, 0.27 HR/9.