Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.80 ERA) gets the ball for the Chicago Cubs (89-49) as they meet Matt Garza (5-6, 4.57 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (61-77) in the last of a three-game series at Miller Park. The Brewers won the last game 12-5, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 7 and will air on CSCh and FSWI.
In his last start, Garza pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals. Ryan Braun (.308, 71 Rs, 26 HRs, 79 RBIs, 14 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with three runs, one home run, and four RBIs. The Cubs were victorious over the Giants 5-4 the last time Montgomery pitched. He went 4.0 innings, giving up four runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking three. Anthony Rizzo (.294, 84 Rs, 28 HRs, 96 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
The Cubs hold a 38-17 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Brewers have a 22-36 record against the division.
Milwaukee has won 43% (25-33) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 68% (48-23) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Cubs need to step it up. The Brewers have a record of 40-25 when opponents get eight hits or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 75-15. The Brewers have a 48-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 574 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at third with 696.
Ranking 18th, Milwaukee is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.734). Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .775.
When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 46-39. When the Brewers allow one or more homers, they have a 37-58 record.