Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (18-36) at Milwaukee General Hospital (24-30)

I don't have much time today, so this will be a short preview. The Brewers are in bad shape, with several players (Chris Narveson, Mat Gamel, Marco Estrada, Alex Gonzalez, various catchers) out, Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Braun banged up, and others (Weeks) underperforming. The Cubs might be looking ahead to their next series with the Twins, who are in fierce competition for the #1 draft pick next year.

Pitching Matchups

Tuesday: Ryan Dempster, RHP vs Yovani Gallardo, RHP, 7:10 PM CT

Dempster is still bafflingly winless.It's June. Facing a good pitcher like Gallardo isn't going to help with that streak either. Gallardo shut down the Cubs offense back in April, striking out six in seven innings and allowing just one run. He's been very wild this season, walking a batter nearly every other inning after posting a 2.56 BB/9 last year.

Wednesday: Paul Maholm, LHP vs Zack Greinke, RHP, 7:10 PM CT

Maholm gave up four runs in 5.1 innings against the fearsome Giants offense in his last outing. He strung together four very good starts after his opening disasters, but he's been knocked around in the four starts since then.

Grienke has avoided repeating the lousy start to his Brewers career, mowing down batters and keeping the ball in the yard. He has a 3.46 ERA despite a .368 BABIP.

Thursday: Matt Garza, RHP vs Randy Wolf, LHP

Garza's numbers skyrocked upwards thanks to giving up five homers to the limp offenses of the Pirates and Astros. He bounced back with a good start against the Giants but was unable to go deep in the game.

Randy Wolf has been doing Randy Wolf things this year (not striking anyone out) and has had a harder time finding the plate. He shut out the Cubs for six inning earlier this year, but has given up four or more runs in nearly half his starts.


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