Game Twenty-One: Cubs (12-8) vs. Brewers (5-17)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jon Lester (0-2, 6.23/1.57/2.25) vs. Wily Peralta (0-3, 5.04/1.52/4.49)
After a well-deserved day off, the Cubs welcome the Brewers to Wrigley this afternoon for the first of three games to wrap-up the six-game homestand. The Cubs hit the road Monday for a seven-game, two-city trip through St. Louis and Milwaukee that concludes next weekend at Miller Park.
The Cubs have three afternoon games on the schedule with the Brewers and Sunday’s finale is the last game the team will play at Wrigley Field without fans in the left and center field bleachers. The 1060 Project is on schedule from all indications. The left and center field bleachers are expected to be ready for occupancy by May 11 when the Cubs return for a seven-game homestand with the Mets and Pirates.
The Cubs begin a stretch of 17 games in a row before the next off day that will see Joe Maddon’s team play six games against the Brewers, four in St. Louis, four against the Mets and three with the Pirates.
The Brewers’ season hasn’t begun the way many thought it would. Milwaukee expected to contend this year for a division crown, instead Ron Roenicke is on the hot seat due to five wins (5-17) in the first month of the season.
The Cubs face a tough task this weekend. The Brewers should not be playing the way they are and the team will receive a boost when Carlos Gomez returns Saturday. The Cubs have struggled over the years with the Brewers despite posting an 11-8 record (7-3 at Wrigley) versus Milwaukee last year.
After this afternoon’s match-up of Jon Lester and Wily Peralta, Jake Arrieta is scheduled to face Mike Fiers on Saturday afternoon. Jason Hammel and Jimmy Nelson are scheduled to square off in Sunday’s finale.
Allowing Joe Maddon to purchase the ingredients for Meat Loaf this afternoon would be a good way to start the weekend.
Today all starts with Jon Lester …
Jon Lester has shown steady improvement each time out and maybe today, the fifth time will be the gem the Cubs have been waiting for from Lester. After a rough three innings, Lester settled in his last time out and posted a quality start. Lester allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in six innings last Friday night in Cincinnati.
All but one of Lester’s first four starts has been at Wrigley. Three starts into his Cubs career and has new home park hasn’t been too kind to him. Lester is 0-2 in three starts with a 6.89 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. Lester has allowed 12 runs on 24 hits with four walks and 14 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.
Jon Lester makes the third start of his career this afternoon against the Brewers. Lester is 0-2 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Lester faced Milwaukee last April 6 at Fenway. Lester gave up four runs, two earned, on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.
Brewers Career Numbers against Jon Lester
- Adam Lind: 3-for-29 with one double and one walk
- Ryan Braun: 3-for-7 with one double and one walk
- Aramis Ramirez: 3-for-7 with one double
- Khris Davis: 2-for-3 with one double
- Luis Jimenez: 1-for-3 with one double
- Gerardo Parra: 0-for-2
After two rough starts against the Cardinals and Reds, Wily Peralta is coming off a good outing against the Cardinals at Miller Park. Peralta took the loss but put together a quality start. Peralta allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings.
Wily Peralta makes his fifth start of the season today in his second appearance outside of Miller Park. Peralta has allowed 14 runs on 32 hits with six walks and 12 strikeouts in 25 innings for the year.
Wily Peralta has a big arm and the stuff that should translate into more success than he’s had in the majors. Peralta has pitched rather well against the Cubs over this course of his career.
Today is Peralta’s 10th start versus the Cubs. Peralta is 3-5 in nine games with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Peralta is 0-2 in three career starts at Wrigley with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Last season, Peralta was 1-3 in four starts against the Cubs with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Wily Peralta
- Anthony Rizzo: 11-for-24 with two doubles, five home runs and three walks
- Starlin Castro: 11-for-24 with three doubles, two home runs and one walk
- Welington Castillo: 3-for-16 with one double
- Junior Lake: 0-for-10
- Miguel Montero: 3-for-8 with one home run and one walk
- Chris Coghlan: 1-for-7 with one walk
- Dexter Fowler: 1-for-5 with one walk
- Chris Denorfia: 1-for-3 with one home run
- Jorge Soler: 0-for-3
- Jonathan Herrera: 1-for-2
- Travis Wood: 0-for-2
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