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5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 PM MST7:05 PM EST7:35 PM VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 PM CT, September 10, 2018
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 38,471

Cubs return home for key series with fast-closing Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs

  1. Chicago has gone 10-6 against Milwaukee in 2018. The Cubs won eight of the first nine matchups, but have lost five of the last seven, falling victim to three shutouts. The Cubs are 5-1 at home against the Brewers this season after going 3-6 against the Brew Crew at Wrigley in 2017.
  2. The Brewers have gone 9-2 since August 29, outscoring their opponents 65-41 over that span. Milwaukee is tied for the major league lead in runs since that date with the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays, and the team's .818 win percentage in this span is the best in MLB.
  3. The Cubs have dropped four of their last six games, scoring as many runs (12) in their two victories as in their four losses. The team will return to Chicago where it has won seven of eight behind an average of 6.13 runs.
  4. Anthony Rizzo and Christian Yelich both have a .381 on-base percentage, with Rizzo edging Yelich by percentage points to rank sixth in the NL among qualifying left-handed hitters. The Brewers are 70-40 (.636) when Yelich reaches base at least once while the Cubs have gone 67-44 (.604) when Rizzo reaches.
  5. Wade Miley faced the Cubs at home in his last start, going 6.0 innings and limiting Chicago to one run on three hits. In three career starts at Wrigley, Miley has allowed 11 earned runs in 19.0 innings (5.21 ERA), and has allowed 1.89 home runs per nine innings.
  6. Jon Lester has thrown 158.0 innings in 2018, his 11th consecutive season with at least that many innings pitched. Lester is tied for the longest active streak in MLB with Zack Greinke, who also has thrown at least 150.0 innings in every season since 2008.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2018 thru 9/12/2018
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs had hoped to use the past four days to maintain or pad their lead in the National League Central, but the weather certainly didn't cooperate.

Heading into a pivotal three-game series against the second-place Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs will attempt to again create some distance. The series opens a day after Chicago's scheduled series finale against the Washington Nationals was washed out by rain, which was a constant throughout the weekend.

The Cubs will attempt to bounce back after being swept in a Saturday doubleheader that was forced after Friday's scheduled game was rained out as well.

"The bright side is just getting through (the weekend)," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We've done really well through this stretch. I've been really pleased with it and it's not easy to do what we've been doing over the past couple of weeks and how well we've actually played."

Despite losing their past two games, the Cubs are 4-4 in their last eight games, which had allowed the Cubs to maintain their cushion over the Brewers. But the margin has been trimmed to two games after Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday with a 6-3 victory.

The Brewers will enter Monday's series opener having won eight of their past 10 games and captured two of three from the Cubs last week. Now, with the Cubs within reach, the Brewers head to Chicago with the front-runners in their sights.

"Something we've been talking about (is) 'Don't think about the wild card -- think about the division," said Brewers pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, who will take the mound Tuesday. "We have the chance this week. It feels really important now."

Jon Lester will take the mound as the Cubs attempt to get back on a winning track after the wet weekend in Washington.

Lester (15-5, 3.53 ERA) has won three of his past four starts but hasn't pitched since Sept. 2. Lester threw six scoreless innings in his last outing against the Philadelphia Phillies when he scattered six hits and struck out seven.

Lester was scheduled to pitch Friday, but when the game was rained out, it allowed the Cubs ace to open the series against Milwaukee on Monday rather than pitch Wednesday's series finale.

Lester is 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers.

Milwaukee will counter with Wade Miley (3-2, 2.12) as the Brewers attempt to continue to close the gap. Miley has won just won of his six previous starts but shut down the Cubs last week when he allowed just one earned run in six innings while allowing just three hits and striking out five.

Miley is 5-2 with a 4.13 ERA in eight career starts against the Cubs.

Miley has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his 12 starts with the Brewers and, like the rest of his teammates, believe that catching the Cubs and capturing the division title is well within reach.

"Why wouldn't it be? Heck, yeah," Miley said after his last start, according to the Brewers' official website. "I don't think you quit thinking about it until you can't think about it no more. I think that's the way to go about it."

Updated September 10, 2018

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