Game Twenty-Three – Cubs (7-15) vs. Brewers (17-6)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Travis Wood (1-2, 2.52/1.24/2.45) vs. Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.66/1.10/3.97)
The Cubs will shoot to end their three-game losing streak tonight behind Travis Wood. The Cubs have not been able to put Wednesday’s ninth inning meltdown behind them. And while the Cubs were not looking like more than they are after Rick Renteria’s little talk, the team was playing better and had put together a couple of clean games.
Rick Renteria should load his lineup with right handed hitters tonight against Marco Estrada. Right handers have hit slightly better (.252/.283/.391) than lefties (.231/.305/.367) against Estrada over the course of his career, but this right handers have managed a .311/.347/.469 line while left handers have hit only .154/.233/.233 against him. Even with Junior Lake looking like he could use a night off, tonight would be a good opportunity to get both Lake and Mike Olt at bats against a right hander.
And the offense will get a boost from the nine-spot with Travis Wood on the hill.
Tonight all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood took matters into his own hands the last time out and ended up with his first victory of the season. Wood not only shut down Arizona for a season-high seven innings, he drove in four of the Cubs’ five runs with a three-run homer and a RBI double. Wood tied a career-high with nine strikeouts and did not issue a single walk. To say everything went Wood’s way five days ago would be an understatement.
Travis Wood is making his second start outside of Wrigley tonight. Wood gave up a bunch of hits (11) in the Bronx but limited the Yankees to two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Travis Wood is off to a good start to his season and will face his biggest challenge of the year tonight. Wood is 3-2 in eight games, seven starts, against the Brewers with a 3.33 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Wood made only one start against the Brewers last season and received a no decision after allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Wood is 1-1 in two career starts at Miller Park with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Travis Wood
- Rickie Weeks: 1-for-19 with one home run and one walk
- Ryan Braun: 7-for-19 with four doubles, one home run and one walk
- Carlos Gomez: 3-for-15 with one double
- Jonathan Lucroy: 2-for-11
- Martin Maldonado: 0-for-7
- Mark Reynolds: 2-for-5 with one home run and one walk
- Jeff Bianchi: 1-fpr-3 with one home run
- Jean Segura: 1-for-3 with one double
- Lyle Overbay: 0-for-2
Marco Estrada has owned the Cubs over the past two seasons and he is coming off an excellent outing in Pittsburgh. Estrada is one of the many reasons Milwaukee owns the best record in baseball. Estrada has notched a quality start in each of his last three outings after holding Pittsburgh to one run on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Estrada is a crafty righty with a little hitch in his delivery that throws the hitter’s timing off. The Cubs must make him work tonight and grind out each at bat. If the Cubs swing early and often it will be another frustrating night for the offense.
Marco Estrada is 4-0 in 11 career appearances, six starts, against the Cubs with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Estrada was 2-0 in four games, three starts, against the Cubs in 2012 with a 1.00 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP, last season he faced the Cubs three times and went 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Marco Estrada
- Starlin Castro: 7-for-18 with two doubles and one triple
- Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-15
- Darwin Barney: 0-for-10 with one walk
- Welington Castillo: 3-for-11 with two home runs
- Nate Schierholtz: 1-for-8 with one double and one walk
- Luis Valbuena: 1-for-4 with one home run and one walk
- Junior Lake: 1-for-3 with one double
- Ryan Sweeney: 0-for-2
- John Baker: 0-for-1
- Emilio Bonifacio: 0-for-1
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