Series Preview: Cubs at Brewers, July 4 - July 6, 2022

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Series Preview: Cubs at Brewers, July 4 – July 6, 2022

Chicago Cubs

Happy Fourth of July, folks!

Later today, the Cubs are starting their last road trip before the All-Star break. They’ll play three in Milwaukee, followed by four in Los Angeles. Then, they’ll come home for two against the Orioles and four against the Mets.

And that’s it! The Home Run Derby, All-Star Game, and Draft will be upon us!

We’re Going Streaking

Don’t look now, but the Chicago Cubs (32-47) have one three straight series(!) and four of their last five, including series against the Braves, Cardinals, and Red Sox. Basically, they’re now favorites to win the 2022 World Series.

The Milwaukee Brewers (46-35) are 7-3 in their last ten, but have actually been below .500 since June 1 (14-16). Their first place lead in the NL Central is down to just 2.0 games.

Hot or Not and What to Watch

Christian Yelich has been red hot lately. He’s got an active 12-game hitting streak, during which he’s hit two doubles, a triple, and a homer while walking (10) more than he’s struck out (9). He’s still just barely above average for the season, but we all know he has this level in him. He’s still only 30 years old.

Rowdy Tellez has six homers and a double in his last 45 PAs … but no other hits and just four walks. So he’s got the strangest slash line ever: .175/.267/.650 (144 wRC+).

Even with some really bad results against the Pirates on June 23 (5 ER in 5.2 IP), Justin Steele has a 3.38 ERA over his last six starts dating back to the end of May. It just feels like he’s finally settled in as a sure-fire member of the rotation, even if we don’t necessarily know how good he can/will be just yet.

Game Times and Broadcast Info

  • Monday, July 4 at 3:10 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score
  • Tuesday, July 5 at 7:10 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score
  • Wednesday, July 6 at 1:10 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score

Pitching Probables

Game 1: Justin Steele (LHP) vs. Eric Lauer (LHP)
Game 2: Kyle Hendricks (RHP) vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez (RHP)
Game 3: Adrian Sampson (RHP) vs. Corbin Burners (RHP)

Chicago Cubs:

  • C – Yan Gomes/Willson Contreras
  • 1B – Alfonso Rivas/P.J. Higgins
  • 2B – Christopher Morel
  • 3B – Patrick Wisdom
  • SS – Nico Hoerner
  • LF – Ian Happ
  • CF – Rafael Ortega
  • RF – Nelson Velázquez/Narciso Crook … Maybe Seiya Suzuki?
  • DH – Willson Contreras/Yan Gomes

Injured/Unavailable: David Bote? Michael Hermosillo, Seiya Suzuki? Nick Madrigal, Frank Schwindel, Jason Heyward, Drew Smyly, Marcus Stroman, Wade Miley, Daniel Norris, Adbert Alzolay, Brad Wieck, Codi Heuer, Manuel Rodriguez, Ethan Roberts

Milwaukee Brewers:

  • C – Omar Narváez
  • 1B – Rowdy Tellez
  • 2B – Kolten Wong
  • 3B – Luis Urias
  • SS – Willy Adames
  • LF – Christian Yelich
  • CF – Jonathan Davis
  • RF – Jace Peterson
  • DH – Andrew McCutchen

Injured/Unavailable: Tyrone Taylor, Alex Jackson, Hunter Renfroe, Luis Perdomo, Miguel Sánchez, Adrian Houser, Justin Topa, Jake Cousins, Freddy Peralta

By the Numbers

Run Differential:
Cubs: -65
Brewers: +37

Runs Scored Per Game:
Cubs: 4.39
Brewers: 4.62

Runs Allowed Per Game:
Cubs: 5.22
Brewers: 4.16

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami