The Milwaukee Brewers will travel to Wrigley Field on Wednesday evening as they get set to complete their pivotal three-game series against the division-rival Chicago Cubs.
The Brewers entered play on Tuesday night just one game back of the Cubs in the NL Central standings after winning eight of their past 10 contests. Even if Milwaukee fails to win the division, it looks like they will be nestled nicely into one of the National League Wild Card spots. They own the top slot and have a five-game lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are on the outside looking in at the current playoff picture.
Anderson pitching well down the stretch for Brew Crew
The Brewers are expected to send right-hander Chase Anderson to the hill at Wrigley Field in an attempt to cut into their deficit in the division standings. Anderson comes in with a 9-7 overall record to go along with a 3.95 ERA in 28 starts this season and he’s allowed two earned runs or less in 12 of his last 14 starts. He is fresh off of tossing five innings of two-run ball at home against the San Francisco Giants, but was rendered with a no-decision for his efforts. The 30-year-old is 3-0 with a 4.34 in nine starts since the All-Star break.
Anderson has made three starts against the Cubs this season, going 1-2 with a 1.35 ERA He’s allowed just three runs in 20 combined innings of work and came into this season with a 3-2 record and a 3.79 ERA over his previous seven outings against the Cubs dating back to 2015. According to Baseball Savant, the current Cubs roster is batting just .221 in 167 plate appearances against the Brewers’ right-hander heading into this matchup.
Cubs clinging to slim division lead
The Cubs will counter with right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who seems to have regained the form that saw him post an 8.5 WAR over the past two seasons combined. The 28-year-old owns a 1.44 ERA over his past four starts, though he did allow three unearned runs in his previous outing, a no-decision against the Washington Nationals. Hendricks tossed five innings of four-run (one earned) ball in that game, striking out six batters on the night. It marked the first time in five starts that the Cubs’ right-hander failed to complete at least six innings. He comes into Wednesday’s matchup with the Brewers sporting an 11-10 overall record to go along with a 3.71 ERA in 29 starts this season.
In three starts against the Brewers this season, Hendricks is 2-0 with a 4.00 ERA and both of his wins came at Wrigley Field. The Cubs’ veteran had been 4-4 with a 3.01 ERA in his past 13 starts against the Brewers dating back to 2015. According to Baseball Savant, the current Brewers roster is batting just .214 in 229 plate appearances against Hendricks coming into this game.
- Cubs are 2-7 in Hendricks’ last 9 starts during game 3 of a series.
- Cubs are 1-4 in Hendricks’ last 5 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- Brewers are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- Brewers are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series.
- Brewers are 4-1 in their last 5 overall