Tale of the Tape

cubs_brewers.jpg This is as exciting as it's gotten around these parts in awhile. The Cubs are riding a hot streak winning their last six games and seven of their last ten games as they head into their most crucial series of the season. The Brew Crew are even hotter though, winning three straight and eight of their last ten. And while the Brewers stand seven and a half games ahead and probably look at us like a bug on the windshield in their drive towards the NL Central crown, a third straight series sweep by the Cubs might get them to drive off the road. Two of three will at least get them to start swerving a bit. I'll put up the game thread in just a few, but let's take a look at how the "top" 2 teams in the Central rank against each other. The Cubs lead the season series 5-4.
Category Brewers Cubs
Runs Scored 381 (3rd) 354 (6th)
Runs Allowed 339 (6th) 323 (5th)
Team Defensive Efficiency .700 (7th) .721 (2nd)
Starters ERA 4.24 (7th) 3.80 (3rd)
Relievers ERA 3.47 (3rd) 4.11 (9th)
Batting Average .267 (5th) .270 (1st)
On-Base Percentage .333 (5th) .330 (7th)
Slugging Percentage .455 (1st) .421 (5th)
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We have better pitching and defense (?!).

The key seems to be the bullpen, but we knew that.

GO CUBBIES!

This is a big, big game and series.

No, here's the real key.

vs. NL Central
MIL 21-10 (17-5 against not the Cubs)
CHC 14-15 (9-11 agaainst not MIL)

Lets go Cubs!!! This is a big series and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times more important than any other series they have played this year.

The key, We can lose two of these games and still be in the Division race, but we can't lose three. We just don't have enough head-to-head matches left with Milwaukee to overcome a sweep. And, as easy as the Cubs schedule is the rest of the year, the Brewers schedule is actually easier.

But these games look to be even matches. The Brewers play about as well on the road as the Cubs do at home and both teams are red hot at the moment.

Go Cubs! (right on track now for an 87-75 finish)

lineups are in but I want this to be up for a bit so I'll post the game thread about 20 minutes before-hand...

Hart, Hardy, Braun, Fielder, Hall, Estrada, Mench, Weeks, Gallardo

Soriano, Fontenot, Lee, Ramirez, Floyd, DeRosa, Bowen, Pie, Hill

The Cubs are playing hot and putting it all together. We've got the best chance of beating the Brewers now more than anytime this season so far.

We're set up well, lets just get it done. Go Cubbies!

http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/sports/brewer...

Brewers going with a 6-man rotation until the all-star break

Sun-Times reporting (and by the way they broke the Buehrle signing, not the Score) that Buehrle 4/56 deal and it'll be announced by Monday.

I heard Buehrle 3/44...

heh.

Good for Mark, getting his family set for life. Good for the Sox, keeping a quality pitcher and human and also keeping him out of the NL. And good for the too-influential Players Union - go sit on a dick, assholes.

We’ve got the best chance of beating the Brewers now more than anytime this season so far.

Hmm... I might agree with you, except for the fact that the Brewers are one of, if not the, only teams playing better than the Cubs right now.

And its not like the Cubs have struggled against the Brewers up to this point (5-4).

Gallardo has the good ERA but it's only a solid debut against KC and then a shakier second go against SF. Today he sees a real ML lineup and it's time to crack this egg.

I hope Gallardo isn't a soft-tossing lefty.

http://deadspin.com/sports/mark-cuban-might-b...

completely off-topic but Mark Cuban is suing Don Nelson for having confidential information and using it to beat the Mavericks.

Uncle Lou,

Great lineup today, skipper. Wouldn't have drawn it up any different if I would have done it myself. I like Bowen 7 and Felix 8 because it's much easier for Felix to score from second after Richard bunts him over than it is for Bowen.

That's assuming that Felix gets on base sometime today. He's not good at that lately.

well one thing Pie has going for him today is he's probably seen Gallardo before in the minors. Or maybe that's bad. I guess we'll see.

Well it was in theory, of course. Kinda what you have to do when you make out the lineup card isn't it?

completely off-topic but Mark Cuban is suing Don Nelson for having confidential information and using it to beat the Mavericks.

WTF? Seriously?

I like Cuban, but the guy gets crazier and crazier every day.

btw... any word on a roster move to bring up a 12th pitcher?

no trade of JJ yet?

dave:
I like Cuban, but the guy gets crazier and crazier every day.

No doubt...
http://www.theonion.com/content/from_print/ma...

no word on a roster move but Hoffpauir and E-Pat made the AAA All-Star Team

I read that Milton Bradley was traded to Padres so i guess we can cross that off the list of potential destinations for JJ.

losing is not fun

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