Dan Haren (7-7, 3.49 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (62-48) meet Taylor Jungmann (6-3, 2.26 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (48-65) in the first of a three-game division series at Wrigley Field. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and will air on CSCh and FSWI.
In his last start, Haren pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 7-5 loss to the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo (.295, 62 Rs, 21 HRs, 63 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 3 Sunday. The Brewers were victorious the last time Jungmann pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out eight in an 8-5 victory over the Padres. Gerardo Parra (.319, 60 Rs, 10 HRs, 32 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game Cubs -150 and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the NL Central, the Cubs have an SU record of 26-22. The Cubs are a dangerous hitting team with 289 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 76 steals. Over their past 10 games, Chicago's pitchers have been playing lights out, only allowing 2.8 runs per game, below their season average of 3.8. The Cubs are second in the league in WHIP at 1.18.
Against teams in their division, the Brewers are 19-25 SU. The Brewers are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.76 ERA on the road this season.
The Cubs have mostly come out on top against the Brewers in their previous 10 games this season, earning a 6-4 record. The Cubs will take on a right-hander (Jungmann) in this game and have a 48-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Brewers will be the right-hander Haren. They sport a 35-53 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
The Cubs hold a 26-22 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Brewers' record in these matchups is 19-25.
After last game's shutout win against the San Francisco, the Cubs now have 14 shutouts this season. The Brewers have been shut out in 14 games this season.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Brewers have a 22-41 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 9-51. The Cubs have a 14-35 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Milwaukee has hit 99 this season. Chicago ranks 15th with 100 home runs.
Chicago and Milwaukee both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Chicago sits at 14th with 8.11 hits per game and Milwaukee ranks 11th with 8.42.
Chicago and Milwaukee both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 24th with an OPS of .695 and Milwaukee ranks 22nd with an OPS of .698.
The Brewers are 27-45 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 29-31 when they allow at least one homer.