Cubs @ Brewers
For the first time this year, the Chicago Cubs will play at Miller Park. After dropping two of three to the Astros, the Crew enters the series with a bit of a limp. But nothing helps a team get upright like good pitching and the two aces, CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets, will kick off the most anticipated regular season series of the year.
As excited as everyone is about the showdown, remember, it’s only July. The Brewers and Cubs will play 10 more times the rest of the year.
The Cubs are 22-30 on the road and have lost 13 of the last 19 away from Wrigley.
Since April 22, CC Sabathia is 10-5, 1.97, best in the Majors.
Ted Lilly’s road ERA is 3.48 (5.34 at home) and since June 1st (5gs), it’s 2.23.
These teams own the best two records in the National League. Milwaukee leads the season series 4-2, with all six games played in Chicago.
While the Brewers have won seven straight and nine of their last 10 on the road, they are just 4-6 in their last 10 home contests.
Alfonso Soriano is batting .405 in nine career games at Miler Park (17-for-42), with three home runs and eight RBI.
CC Sabathia is 4-0 with three complete games and a 1.36 ERA since his trade to Milwaukee. In his only career start against the Cubs (June 21, 2006), Sabathia allowed a career-high-tying nine earned runs in 2.1 innings.
In 10 games since the All-Star break, Ryan Braun is hitting .452 (19-for-42) with five homers and 14 RBI. Braun is hitting .407 vs the Cubs.
You can watch all four games on FSN Wisconsin (HD the first three games) with John Walsh producing and Michael Oddino directing.
Enjoy the week.