Milwaukee Brewers: On the Road Again, Road Trip Preview
Of the parks the Milwaukee Brewers will play at over their three-city road trip, Wrigley Field was ranked the highest on the list in the 5 spot. Their Park Factor was 1.131 runs, as calculated by ESPN. So far for the 2018 season, Wrigley Field ranks in the top three, with an average of 1.470 runs.
In addition, there is an average of 2.250 home runs per game. Wrigley is definitely a park that favors the hitters.
The Crew has already played the Chicago Cubs, at “Wrigley North,” otherwise known as Miller Park. After the 4-game series, Milwaukee holds a record of 1-3 against their conference foe.
After the Cubs barely beat out the Brewers for the NL Central crown in the 2017 season, it is imperative that Milwaukee takes as many games from them as they can.
It is currently unknown whether Chicago third baseman Kris Bryant will be available for the series or not. He was hit in the head with a 96 MPH fastball against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. According to ESPN, he did not display any concussion symptoms. But, as expected, he is currently day-to-day.
In Bryant’s 16 at-bats during the first 4-game series against the Crew, his batting average was .313. He had five hits, including a home run, and walked three times.
Jhoulys Chacin is listed as the probable starter for game one. He did not pitch in the first series against the Cubs in 2018. But, in the past three seasons (2015-2017) he has posted an ERA of 3.00 against them and he is 0-1 at Wrigley Field.
For game two, the lefty Brent Suter is scheduled to be on the mound. He lately has been showing off his dance moves in the dugout, but his performance on the field hasn’t been quite as stellar yet. His 2018 ERA is 5.68, and he has a 1-2 record. But, his one win came on the road. So far in his career, he has only pitched 0.1 innings at Wrigley, and his career record stands at 1-0 against the Cubs.
But, due to the tendency of the 2018 Milwaukee Brewers to play roster roulette, it is possible that Suter will be optioned down before this game. If Wade Miley is healthy by then, he may take Suter’s spot in the rotation.
Game three’s probable starter is Junior Guerra. In the 2018 season, he has yet to pitch against the Cubs. But, from 2015-2017, he posted a 1.89 ERA against Chicago in 6 games played, for a total of 19 innings. In the one career inning that he has pitched at Wrigley, he gave up one earned run.
For game four, Zach Davies is slated to get the start. Against the Cubs this year in his one start, he pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 run. He walked 3 and struck out 8. From 2015-2017, he posted a record of 5-4 against Chicago, with an ERA of 3.90. At Wrigley, he boasts a career record of 4-1 in 28.0 innings pitched, with an ERA of 4.18.