Trevor Cahill (1-3, 3.07 ERA) and Matt Garza (4-4, 4.83 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs (73-43) and the Milwaukee Brewers (52-64) at Wrigley Field. Action begins at 1:20 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and can be seen on WGN and FSWI.
Cahill pitched 1.0 inning in his most recent start, surrendering one run and walking three in an 8-4 defeat to the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo (.291, 71 Rs, 25 HRs, 85 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game Sunday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Garza went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking three in an 11-3 win over the Braves in his last outing. Ryan Braun (.328, 61 Rs, 22 HRs, 65 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Brewers, going 3 for 4 Sunday with three runs, two home runs, and six RBIs.
The Cubs hold a 30-16 record in matchups against NL Central rivals, while the Brewers currently sit at 17-25 in these games.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Brewers have an 11-27 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 8-53. The Cubs have a 7-27 record when opponents outhit them.
Milwaukee ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 129 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half with 144.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 479 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top five at third with 440.
The Cubs are 53-22 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Brewers are 41-31 when they hit at least one homer.