The Milwaukee Brewers (68-83) finish up the regular season against the Chicago Cubs (96-65) as Jorge Lopez (1-0, 5.40 ERA) and Dan Haren (10-9, 3.67 ERA) will take the mound at Miller Park. The Cubs won the last game 1-0, continuing a seven-game winning streak. Action begins at 3:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 4 and can be seen on WGN and FSWI.
Lopez pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Padres. Haren went 7.1 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out six in a 4-1 defeat to the Reds in his most recent start. Anthony Rizzo (.278, 94 Rs, 31 HRs, 99 RBIs, 17 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
The odds for Milwaukee and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Milwaukee has a record of 31-43 SU.
The Cubs are 44-30 against fellow NL Central members. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is second in the NL. The Cubs are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the NL with 8.9 hits per road game. Chicago is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.5 per game. The Cubs allow 3.8 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 1.9 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cubs are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.16 for the season. The Cubs have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The Cubs have controlled the season series, 13-5. The Brewers have a 49-72 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Haren takes the mound. Lopez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have a 76-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
The Brewers hold a 31-44 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Cubs' record in these matchups is 45-30.
Chicago earned its 21st shutout of the season in its last game. Milwaukee has been shut out 16 times this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 38-26, while Milwaukee is 37-38.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Cubs are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Brewers have a 25-3 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 12-72. The Cubs have an 18-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Milwaukee ranks in the bottom half of the league at 20th when it comes to home runs, hitting 145 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 11th with 171.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.27 per game. Milwaukee ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.58.
Ranking 25th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.704). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .722.
When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 43-42. When the Brewers allow one or more homers, they have a 38-67 record.