Kyle Hendricks (13-7, 2.09 ERA) starts for the Chicago Cubs (88-48) as they square off against Zach Davies (10-6, 4.07 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (60-76) in the first of a three-game series at Miller Park. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on ESPN and WGN.
Davies pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs and striking out nine in a 6-5 defeat to the Cardinals. Chris Carter (.228, 69 Rs, 32 HRs, 77 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. Hendricks went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-0 win over the Pirates in his most recent start. Anthony Rizzo (.294, 82 Rs, 26 HRs, 93 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 6 yesterday with two runs.
The Cubs hold a 37-16 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Brewers have a 21-35 record against the division.
The Cubs won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Brewers are 18-26. The Cubs are 21-20 in close games this season.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 47-22, while Milwaukee is 24-32.
The Cubs are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 15 strikeouts. The Brewers have a record of 2-9 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 74-15. The Brewers have a 47-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 560 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at third with 684.
Ranking 18th, Milwaukee is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.731). Chicago ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .775.
When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 45-38. When the Brewers allow one or more homers, they have a 36-58 record.