The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are scheduled to play in a three-game series at Miller Park from June 5 through June 7, 2012. The probable pitchers in this series include Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Matt Garza, Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke and Randy Wolf.
The Cubs have a 2-5 record against the Brewers in 2012. They also lost 10 consecutive road games heading into their series finale against the San Francisco Giants on June 4. The Cubs have an 18-35 record. The Brewers have a 24-30 record.
All times are central time zone. The probable pitchers are updated as of June 4 on Cubs.mlb.com. The Cubs are represented by the pitchers in italics. Batter versus pitcher data is from ESPN.
June 5, 7:10 p.m.
Ryan Dempster (0-3, 2.90 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (4-4, 4.22 ERA)
Current Brewers hitters are 51-for-233 (.219 batting average) with a .303 on-base percentage (OBP) against Dempster. Ryan Braun is 11-for-46 (.239 batting average) with 11 RBIs, four doubles, three walks and two home runs. Corey Hart and George Kottaras are the only other players to have hit homers.
June 6, 7:10 p.m.
Current Brewers hitters are 69-for-229 (.301 batting average) with a .390 OBP against Maholm. Braun is 12-for-35 (.343 batting average) with 10 RBIs, six walks, two doubles and a home run. Hart is 15-for-46 (.326 batting average) with seven RBIs, five walks, four doubles, three homers and a triple. Carlos Gomez is 7-for-15 (.467 batting average) with three RBIs, two doubles and a homer.
June 7, 1:10 p.m.
Current Brewers hitters are 26-for-110 (.236 batting average) with a .331 OBP against Garza. Braun is 3-for-13 (.231 batting average) with four walks, three RBIs, double and home run. Nyjer Morgan is 7-for-15 (.467 batting average) with a walk and triple.
The Cubs don't have a favorable hand in these pitching matchups. Greinke is 14-0 at Miller Park. Gallardo has a 5-1 record with a 2.77 ERA in 11 career starts against the Cubs. Bryan LaHair probably won't start on June 7 because Wolf is a left-handed pitcher.
The Cubs would be fortunate to win one game in this series. However, National League Central rivalries can be unpredictable. The Brewers are a shell of the team that they were in 2011 because of injuries.
Joshua Huffman grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as a Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs enthusiast. He immediately gained an admiration for Cubs fans after watching numerous games on WGN during the mid-90s. His favorite Cubs moment was Kerry Wood's(notes) 1-hitter, 20K extravaganza that was only denied of a no-hitter by Kevin Orie's defensive blunder. As a Packers and Cubs fan, he suffered through Steve Bartman and "4th & 26" in a span of three months. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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