The Chicago Cubs will host the Milwaukee Brewers in game 163 Monday afternoon from the friendly confines of Wrigley Field to decide the winner of the NL Central. The Brewers have yet to officially announce a starter, and the Cubs will send 29-year old left-hander Jose Quintana to the mound. The Cubs own an 11-8 lead in the season-series. The winner of this one will play the winner of the Dodgers/Rockies game in the NLDS, and the losing team will be the loser of the Rockies/Dodgers game.
Brewers Yet to Officially Announce Starter
The Brewers have yet to name a starter for this contest. The Cubs are assuming the Brewers will send Jhoulys Chacin to the mound. Chacin would be pitching on regular rest in this one. The nine-year veteran right-hander was outstanding in the second half, and he features a 3.56 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP paired with a 15-8 record in 187 innings logged on the year. Chacin silenced the Cubs’ offense this season, sporting a 1.59 ERA to go with a 2-2 record in 22.2 innings spread across four starts. Chacin owns a 4-6 record with a remarkable 2.98 ERA in 60.1 career innings against the NL Central foes. If Chacin doesn’t get the start, manager Craig Counsell could turn to Chase Anderson, although it is unlikely.
Quintana Aims for Another Dazzling Outing Against Brewers
Jose Quintana will take the mound for the Cubs in game 163 as he aims for his eighth home win of the year. The crafty left-hander was inconsistent at times this season, and he enters this one with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP accompanied with a 13-11 record in 169.1 innings of work. Quintana owns a 3.60 career ERA over his six years in the big leagues, although he has posted an ERA above four in two straight seasons. He dominated the Brewers this season, posting a 4-1 record paired with a stellar 2.17 ERA in six starts, and he stands at 6-2 with a dazzling 1.60 ERA in 10 career starts against Milwaukee.
Javier Baez emerged as the Cubs best hitter this season, recording a .291 average with 34 home runs and 111 RBI’s. Baez had trouble solving the Brewers tough pitching this season, hitting .238 with zero homers and five RBI’s in 63 at bats, and he owns a .228 average with 15 RBI’s in 70 career games against the NL Central foes. Jason Hayward was able to drive in seven runs against the Brewers this season. The Cubs deep offense is averaging 4.69 runs, good for ninth in the big leagues. The Chicago pitching staff features a 3.65 team ERA, good for third in all of baseball.
The Chicago Cubs are:
- 5-1 in Quintana’s last 6 starts against the Brewers.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
- 25-9 in their last 34 games after allowing more than five runs in their previous game.
The Milwaukee Brewers are:
- 1-6 in their last 7 playoff road games.
- 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games overall