After a successful 4-2 homestand the Milwaukee Brewers will hit the road for a four game series with NL-Central rival Chicago Cubs.
Although the Cubs are 14 games back in the division manager Ron Roenicke said his team will not take them lightly. "Any pitcher can have a great game, and if we are not getting any runs off any of their pitchers we will struggle."Roenicke said. Any pitching staff in baseball can beat anybody.
Likelihood of a series sweep for the Cubs is highly unlikely, but has been done recently. In 2012 the Brewers went to play a four game series and the Cubs swept them.
Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.54 ERA) will look to make sure that doesn't happen. Gallardo gets the start in game one after struggling in his last outing taking a loss against the San Francisco Giants. In 17 career starts against the Cubs, Gallardo is 8-3 with an ERA of 3.12 and holds a record of 4-1 at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs will counter with Jake Arrieta (6-3, 2.80 ERA). Arrieta had a streak of quality starts end against the Colorado Rockies last start and currently, is 2-0 at home with a 1.85 ERA in seven starts.
Milwaukee enters with a 2-game lead in the NL-Central over the St. Louis Cardinals and 2 1/2 lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates. First pitch tonight is 7:05 from Wrigley Field