MLB 2016 Game #6: Cubs vs. BrewersThis afternoon, Susan and I are heading north to see our two teams do battle for the first time in 2016. But this season, the two teams are headed in different directions. The Chicago Cubs (58-38, .604) hold a 6.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals (52-45, .536) in the National League Central. With 58 wins, they are tied with the Washington Nationals (58-40, .592) and San Francisco Giants (58-39, .598) for the most wins in the majors. With a .604 winning percentage, they are technically the best team in baseball at the moment.
But the Milwaukee Brewers (41-54, .432) are sitting in fourth place, 16.5 games behind the front-running Cubs. As the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline approaches, the biggest news coming out of Miller Park is whether or not Jonathon Lucroy (C/1B) will be shipped to a contender.
Despite limping into the All-Star break, the Cubs have reversed their fortunes resembling the team that started the season. They opened the second half of the season by winning two of three against the Texas Rangers, two of three against the New York Mets, and splitting the first two games against the Brewers. With a win in the rubber match this afternoon, the Cubs will win their third series since the midsummer classic.
Jon Lester (10-4, 2.89 ERA) will start for the Cubs. During his last start, Lester pitched 7.2 innings against the Mets at Wrigley Field allowing one earned run. Perhaps the All-Star break served him well as during his two starts prior to the break, he logged 4.1 innings combined and allowed 13 earned runs.
The Brewers will send Junior Guerra (6-2, 3.06 ERA) to the hill with sights on winning their first series since taking two of three against the Nationals in early July. Guerra has only allowed five earned runs during his last three starts.
Fun Fact: The last time we saw the Cubs and Brewers go head to head was on Friday, July 31, 2015. Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 and knocked in two runs as the Cubs secured a 4-1 win at Miller Park.