miller parkA brief three-day road trip in Milwaukee ends today against the Brewers and the Cubs hope to take home a series win back to Chicago.

Jon Lester looks to start the second half with a second straight quality start, while subduing a Brewers lineup that is loaded with right-handed bats. Opposing Lester is Junior Guerra, whose 1.67 ERA in his last four starts is the third best in baseball over the last 30 days.

Kyle Hendricks (0.57 ERA in his last six starts) has the best number in that particular category.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (58-38) at Milwaukee Brewers (41-54), 1:10 CT on ABC-7, 670 The Score.



Game Thread and Series Preview

Your game thread is down there in the comments, so here’s to a good, clean, Sunday afternoon.

The Series Preview lives hereThe Lineup Discussion lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jon Lester (L): 2.89 ERA, 4.02 FIP, 3.63 xFIP; 3.58 K/BB

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Brewers: Junior Guerra (R): 3.06 ERA, 3.75 FIP, 4.03 xFIP; 2.69 K/BB

Milwaukee Brewers Lineup:

  1. Jonathan Villar, SS
  2. Hernan Perez, RF
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  5. Chris Carter, 1B
  6. Scooter Gennett, 2B
  7. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  8. Jake Elmore, CF
  9. Junior Guerra, P

Hernan Perez (2-for-3 against Lester) moves up in the lineup and will hit in front of Ryan Braun, who is 5-for-13 against Lester. As a team, the Brewers own a .246/.331/.404/.735 slash line in 1,130 plate appearances against left-handed starters in 2016.



Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Tommy La Stella, 2B
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Ben Zobrist, RF
  5. Willson Contreras, LF
  6. Jason Heyward, CF
  7. Addison Russell, SS
  8. David Ross, C
  9. Jon Lester, P

Tommy La Stella has performed better as a starter (.306/.383/.500/.883, 81 PA) than off the bench (.185/.313/.259/.572, 32 PA) this season. La Stella’s double-play partner, Addison Russell, has 11 hits in 28 at-bats (.393 average) with three doubles, a triple and two walks since the All-Star break. It’s part of a solid run for Russell in his last 25 games (102 PA) in which he is slashing .281/.363/.517/.880 with a 16.7 K%, 8.8 BB% and .371 wOBA.

On the other hand, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward each have two hits since the All-Star break.


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