Major League Baseball
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Chi. Cubs at Milwaukee
When: 2:10 PM ET, Sunday, September 24, 2017
Where: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

After three straight extra-inning contests, the visiting Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers wrap up their critical four-game series Sunday afternoon. The Brewers snapped a three-game skid with a 4-3 win Saturday, at least temporarily keeping alive their hopes of catching the Cubs in the National League Central.



The Cubs would have been going for a sweep if not for Orlando Arcia’s game-tying home run off Wade Davis in the ninth inning Saturday, which led to Travis Shaw’s game-winning two-run shot in the 10th - also off Davis. Milwaukee had been 0-54 when trailing after eight innings, and their first ninth-inning comeback couldn’t have come at a better time. The two-game swing in the standings pulled the Brewers within 4 1/2 games of the Cubs in the division and one behind Colorado for the second NL wild card. The Cubs will try to win a fifth consecutive game started by left-hander Jose Quintana.

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, TBS, ABC 7 (Chicago), FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)



PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jose Quintana (10-11, 4.27 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Chase Anderson (11-3, 2.74)

Quintana is 6-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 12 starts since the Cubs acquired him from the crosstown White Sox. The 28-year-old Colombian had a streak of three straight quality starts snapped Sunday against St. Louis, as he exited after 5 2/3 innings having allowed three runs with eight strikeouts. Quintana is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in three career starts against Milwaukee.

Anderson has been outstanding in 10 home starts, going 5-0 with a 2.34 ERA. The 29-year-old continued his breakout campaign by winning his third straight start Tuesday at Pittsburgh, striking out eight over six scoreless frames. Anderson beat the Cubs on Sept. 9 in Chicago and is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA in six career meetings.



WALK-OFFS

1. Davis had converted all 32 save chances this season and 38 straight dating to last September.

2. Brewers LF Ryan Braun has multiple hits in five of his past eight games and is batting .364 with four doubles, a triple, and two homers during that stretch.

3. Cubs 2B/OF Ben Zobrist is 5-for-11 with a double and a homer against Anderson.



PREDICTION: Brewers 4, Cubs 3


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Chi. Cubs 86-68 L1 46-32 40-36 21-13 40-28 13-19 12-8
Milwaukee 82-73 W1 42-35 40-38 18-14 36-33 17-17 11-9
Last Meeting
Chi. Cubs Milwaukee
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/23/17 CHC 3 MIL 4 x .242 0 .589 .282 2 .762
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Chi. Cubs J. Jay .373 19 .948
Milwaukee E. Thames .320 16 .884
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Chi. Cubs K. Bryant 4 13 14
Milwaukee T. Shaw 5 9 15
Pitching ERA Avg K
Chi. Cubs 4.48 .256 180
Milwaukee 3.94 .237 164
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Chi. Cubs K. Bryant .292 155 .939
Milwaukee D. Santana .278 140 .872
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Chi. Cubs A. Rizzo 32 97 107
Milwaukee T. Shaw 31 79 99
Pitching ERA Avg K
Chi. Cubs 4.05 .256 1362
Milwaukee 3.97 .250 1285