Marco Estrada rendered the Chicago Cubs powerless in his previous start. The 29-year-old Mexican will look for a repeat performance Monday when theMilwaukee Brewers visit Wrigley Field to start a four-game series. Estrada recorded his first win since Aug. 23, 2011, after scattering two hits and striking out nine over six scoreless innings in last Tuesday’s 5-2 triumph over the Cubs.
Milwaukee secured its first road series victory since prior to the All-Star break by claiming two of three from Pittsburgh with a 7-0 triumph on Sunday. Carlos Gomez belted a three-run homer and Aramis Ramirez added a two-run shot to power the Brewers to their fifth win in six games. Chicago also claimed a series win over the weekend, taking two of three from Colorado. The Cubs, however, have won just six of their last 23 games.
Brewers Cubs Betting
When: 8:05 PM ET, Monday, August 27, 2012
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FSWI (Milwaukee), CSN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Justin Germano (2-3, 4.54)
Prior to his last outing, Estrada had been mired in a miserable season. He yielded four runs in his previous two starts while issuing three walks in two of his last five starts.
Germano experienced his worst start of the season in his last trip to the mound. The 30-year-old yielded seven runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 9-5 setback to Milwaukee on Monday. Germano is 1-2 in his career versus the Brewers.
1. Chicago’s Darwin Barney is making use of his extra time in the batting cages. Barney, who entered Sunday’s game hitless in 12 at-bats, drove in a pair of runs during Chicago’s 5-0 triumph over Colorado.
2. Cubs rookie Brett Jackson, who reached base three times Sunday, went 4-for-8 with four walks in the series versus the Rockies.
3. Despite 2B Rickie Weeks’ troubles, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke insists that he plans to keep him in the No. 2 spot of the batting order. Weeks is 9-for-54 with two extra-base hits in that slot.