Cubs vs. Brewers: Series Thread (Games 114-117)
The Cubs get a chance to bite a chunk out of the divisional leader a 4-game series. With key pieces of the future still in the minors (or otherwise unavailable), Cubs fans will have a chance to check out possible corner OF Greg Deichmann and young lefty Justin Steele in this series. The Brewers are mostly TBD with regard to their starters. So, see below for the best available info as the series begins.
Game 114, Monday, August 9, 7:05 pm central
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (5-4, 4.41 ERA)
MIL: RHP Freddy Peralta (8-3, 2.21 ERA)
Mills faired surprisingly well in his Colorado start, allowing only two earned runs and going six innings. He's allowed three or few earned runs in each of his 2021 starts.
Cubs batter faced Peralta three times in the opening month of the season, when he struck out 25 batters over 15 innings. He'll face a significantly different Cubs' lineup this time around.
Game 115, Tuesday, August 10, 7:05 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (2-0, 2.03 ERA)
After some success pitching out of the bullpen, Steele will join the rotation and get a chance to show his worth there. The front office is both take the office to ease up on some other arms and evaluating rotation depth for 2022. Steele has a chance to put himself in the running for a starting spot in the coming year. Establishing an effective off-speed pitch versus righties would help his case.
Game 116, Wednesday, August 11, 7:05 pm central
CHC: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-10, 6.34 ERA)
Jake Arrieta continues to get chances to sully his good name for now. He allowed four earned runs in four innings in his last start, which took place in Colorado.
Game 117, Thursday, August 12, 7:05 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (13-4, 3.68 ERA)
As bad as the 2021 Cubs have been, Hendricks still has a chance at his winning-est season so far. He needs 3 more wins to match his single season best.