Game Twenty-One: Cubs (12-8) vs. Brewers (12-10)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. on Comcast SportsNet, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Greg Maddux (4-0, 0.99) vs. Dave Bush (2-1, 3.54)
Greg Maddux takes his Major League leading ERA (0.99) and the best start of his career (4-0) to the mound today against the Milwaukee Brewers and Cub Killer, Carlos Lee. Maddux is 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA lifetime against the Brewers, but the Cubs as a team was 7-9 last season against the Brew Crew and if the Cubs want to win the Central this season, they must beat the Brewers. Carlos Lee has always hit the Cubs well, either with the White Sox or as a member of the Brewers and the Cubs/Brewers series is always a slugfest. The Cubs face Dave Bush who the Brewers received in the Lyle Overbay trade with the Blue Jays over the winter and he is off to a good start with his new team. The Brewers have a young and exciting team that many of the ‘experts’ picked as their ‘sleeper’ of the year….many expect the Brewers to make a run at the division title and make the playoffs this year after a .500 finish last season. Carlos Lee is off to a good start .304/.423/.633/8/18 and so is rookie Prince Fielder .361/.411/.518/3/13 and his .361 average is among the league leaders.
The Cubs pitching staff is currently ranked 4th in the National League and other than the clutch hitting the offense has produced as of late, the Cubbies offense is no where to be found. The Cubs only managed 13 hits in 3 games against the Marlins and has fallen to 11th in the National League in offense. while the Brewers rank 3rd. If the Cubs cannot manage more offense against the Brewers it could be a long weekend on the Northside of Chicago.
The key to today’s game is for the entire offense to get going….no one is hitting with the exception of Matt Murton/ Aramis Ramirez, Jacque Jones and Juan Pierre have to get going on Friday against Dave Bush. Cedeno will get his hits and Walker was robbed of at least four hits in the series against the Marlins. While the Brewers can hit and pitch, they cannot catch the ball and is ranked 15th out of 16 teams in the National League, right above the Reds. If the Cubs can hit the ball hard and force the Brewers to make plays….the Brewers will beat themselves. The Cubs have the players to beat the Brewers….they just have to ‘Believe’ they can.
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