Series Matchup of the Week: Chicago Cubs x Milwaukee Brewers

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by: Justin Jones @jjones217

This week the Chicago Cubs (37-25) will face off against the Milwaukee Brewers (39-26) at Miller Park in Milwaukee. This is will be a three-game series starting Monday.

The Cubs currently trail the Brewers by half a game for the top of the National League Central. Monday will feature a matchup of Jose Quintana against Junior Guerra. Tuesday will feature Tyler Chatwood against Chase Anderson. Finally, Wednesday has Mike Montgomery against Jhoulys Chacin.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs are third in the majors in batting average, hitting .264. In June Willson Contreras and Kris Bryant have been the main players producing for the Cubbies so far. Contreras hitting .375/.464/.417 with 2 RBIs and Bryant hitting .379/.455/.414. The Cubs offense will look to keep rolling against a tough Brewers bullpen.

The Pitching staff for the Cubs is second in ERA throwing a 3.15. They are led by John Lester and Kyle Hendricks who are not likely to make a start in this series. The Cubs bullpen is fourth in ERA with a 2.50 and strikeout 8.81 batters per nine innings. The backend of the rotation may cause some issues for the Cubs in this one.

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers Offense is slightly better than league average but does not crack the top ten in any major statistical category in the majors. They did make a move to help by adding infielder Brad Miller from Tampa Bay. He will likely make his debut in this series. 

The pitching staff for the Brewers is what has kept them in this race. The Brewers are seventh in ERA and most of that is attributed to the bullpen.  The rotation still has a quality ERA with a 3.89. The bullpen, however, has a league-leading 2.18 ERA. 

Keys to Success

The Cubs will need to score early before the Brewers bullpen takes over. They will also need to have the back end of their rotation to keep them in the games. If they do, they should be able to come out of the series with a win

The Brewers will need to take advantage of the fact they are not facing Lester or Hendricks and also need to try and avoid the Cubs bullpen. The Brewers pitching staff will need to keep the Cubs offense quiet to be able to keep rolling.

Final Thoughts

This matchup will feature the top two NL Central teams with strengths in different areas. The first game will take place Monday at 8:10 EST on local networks.  

What do you think of this series? Will the Cubs or Brewers come out leading the NL Central? Let us know what you think.

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