wrigley right field bleachers[Brett: I started feeling pretty sick this afternoon, so you can expect that I’m going to be going to bed early tonight like a good boy. The EBS will be up for you in the morning.]

Let’s do it again! Er… Let’s play it another time! Uh, oh yeah … Let’s play two!

Trevor Cahill held up his end of the bargain in game one of the doubleheader, lasting five scoreless innings, before handing it over to the bullpen. Mike Montgomery kept things mostly quiet, Aroldis Chapman closed things out, and the Cubs eventually walked away with a win.

Now, Jason Hammel has a shot to help the Cubs sweep the double header and ensure a split in this (not actual) four-game match-up. In his previous three starts, Hammel has been very, very good. Winning all three contests, Hammel has allowed just one earned (0.45 ERA) on thirteen hits (.183 AVG) and six walks (7.8% BB-rate) over 20.0 innings pitched. Because he only struck out sixteen batters over that stretch (20.8% K-rate) his 3.09 FIP isn’t quite as good, but that is still an absolutely fantastic mark. Let’s hope he can keep this up right into the playoffs. Tonight, Hammel will pitch to David Ross.

Through 22 starts this season, Chase Anderson has notched 4.93 ERA – which, if he qualified, would be just outside the bottom ten in all of baseball. Part of his struggles has been his inability to induce ground balls (just 35.6% GB rate this season), but much of it has been via lack of strikeouts (18.4% K-rate). In addition, righties have absolutely demolished Anderson this season, to the tune of a .411 wOBA against. So – like we discussed earlier – the Cubs have stacked the deck with righties. Anthony Rizzo will be Anderson’s only “break.” It’s usually not too easy to sweep a doubleheader, but the Cubs seem to have a pretty nice matchup tonight. (Of course, the last time they faced Anderson, it did not go well …. )

First pitch is at 7:05 CT.



Game Info

Chicago Cubs (74-43) at Milwaukee Brewers (52-65) – 7:of CT on WPWR, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview lives hereThe Lineup Discussion lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jason Hammel (R): 2.90 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 4.21 xFIP; 2.72 K/BB

versus

Brewers: Chase Anderson (R): 4.93 ERA, 5.20 FIP, 4.83 xFIP; 2.17 K/BB



Milwaukee Brewers Lineup:

  1. Jonathan Villar, 3B
  2. Scooter Gennett, 2B
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Hernan Perez, 3B
  5. Chris Carter, 1B
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF
  7. Keon Broxton, CF
  8. Martin Maldonado, C
  9. Chase Anderson, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Matt Szczur, CF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Jorge Soler, RF
  5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  6. Willson Contreras, LF
  7. Javy Baez, SS
  8. David Ross, C
  9. Jason Hammel, P

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