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Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 37,017

Brewers aim to chew another game off Cubs' lead

According to STATS
According to STATS

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/Jim Young)

CHICAGO -- The Milwaukee Brewers made the short trip to Wrigley Field fully believing they could leave Chicago in first place in the National League Central Division.

With a win on Tuesday, they will be locked into a tie with the Chicago Cubs, who have seen their four-game lead less than a week ago all but disappear.

The Brewers have continued to charge up the division standings and will carry a four-game winning streak into Tuesday's game after slipping past Chicago 3-2 in the first game of a pivotal three-game series on Monday.

After keeping their focus until lately on the National League Wild Card, the Brewers have turned their attention instead to ending the Cubs' three-year hold on the Central Division title. More confident than ever after weekend sweep of the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee kept surging in the right direction Monday while handing the Cubs their third straight loss -- scoring the game-winning run on a wild pitch.

"We're trying hard (to win the division)," manager Craig Counsell told reporters Sunday, according to mlb.com "We can't try any harder -- we're going to try hard -- nothing changes from that perspective."

"We're still behind (in the standings) -- we still have to try to put a dent in it and that's what we're going to try and do."

Milwaukee will look to extend its win streak as Jhoulys Chacin takes the mound Tuesday for the Brewers. Chacin (14-6, 3.59 ERA) has dropped two of his previous two starts after stringing together three consecutive victories. Chacin surrendered five runs (three earned) in his last outing against the Cubs on Sept. 5. Chacin is 4-5 with a 3.09 ERA in 10 career starts against the Cubs.

Even with so much on the line, the Brewers will attempt to maintain their commitment to playing sound baseball without getting too wrapped up in what's at stake.

"You try to do the same thing you've done all year -- prepare the same way," Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun told reporters Sunday, according to MLB.com. "Don't try harder, don't do anything different."

While the Brewers will attempt to draw even with Chicago, the Cubs will again look to maintain what's now a slim margin in the division. Unlike last season when the Brewers faded down the stretch, the Cubs haven't been able to shake Milwaukee, which has won 10 of its last 12 games.

As the Cubs attempt to hold onto first place Tuesday, they're hoping to get a couple of key contributors back for the stretch run. Closer Brandon Morrow has been out with a bruised forearm since July 13 but sounded optimistic on Monday when asked about a return as the Cubs hope will be another postseason run.

"I'm fine," Morrow told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Meanwhile, outfielder Jason Heyward continues to make strides toward sustaining a hamstring strain on Aug. 30. On Monday, he declined to set a target date to return, but ran for the first time under supervision on Monday.

"I'm just saying I'll do everything necessary to be smart about it, but I plan on playing baseball," Heyward said, according to the Tribune. "...It's too late in the year for me to have setbacks."

Jose Quintana (12-9, 4.14) will start for the Cubs and hasn't lost since Aug. 14 when he gave up five runs and three home runs in five innings against Milwaukee. Quintana hasn't surrendered more than two earned runs in a start since then. Quintana is 5-2 with a 1.78 ERA in nine career stats against the Brewers.

Updated September 11, 2018

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