Series Preview: Brewers vs Cubs

The Cubs were able to boost their self-esteem a little in winning the series against the Colorado Rockies, and probably no one benefitted more than Chris Volstad. The down-on-his-luck pitcher finally earned his first win after a 24-start losing streak, dating back to July 10, 2011. Brett Jackson also hit his second and third career home runs. And while the Cubs are nothing to get excited about, as we (kind of) thought a few months back, let’s hope their luck continues in their sixth series against the Milwaukee Brewers this season.

Probable Starters

Game 1 (Monday, 7:05 p.m. CT)

Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23 ERA) vs. Justin Germano (2-3, 4.54)

Game 2 (Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. CT)

Yovani Gallardo (13-8, 3.62) vs. Travis Wood (4-10, 4.76)

Game 3 (Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. CT)

Mike Fiers (7-9, 2.98) vs. Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.09)

Game 4 (Thursday, 1:20 p.m. CT)

Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19) vs. Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64)

Series Studs (last series)

CHC: Brett Jackson (4-5, 2 HR)

This past weekend, Jackson certainly redeemed himself from his previous strikeout troubles, finally bringing his batting average over .200 at .206. Against the Rockies, he had more walks than strikeouts, hit a double and two home runs. Jackson also had three RBI.

MIL: Aramis Ramirez (6-12, 5 RBI)

Ramirez had a much better series against the Pirates than he did against the Cubs last week. He hit two doubles and scored three runs, along with a home run Sunday.

Series Duds (last series)

CHC: Josh Vitters (0-6, 1 BB)

While Vitters has been getting the playing time he was promised, he hasn’t had a whole lot to show for it. Against the Rockies, Vitter put goose eggs across the board, while his batting average still hovers around .100 at .102.

MIL: John Axford (5.37 ERA)

Axford has been in a slump of his own lately, and in his 2/3 of an inning against the Pirates gave up two hits, two runs, two walks and struck out two. He’s given up 11 hits in his last 10 appearances, six of which have lasted less than a complete inning.

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