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10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, September 23, 2017
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 44,067

Brewers look to shake off tough losses vs. Cubs

According to STATS
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Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. In their most recent meeting on September 8-10, the Brewers swept the Cubs in Wrigley Field for the first time since the 2002 season. The Brewers are 6-3 against the Cubs in Chicago this season but have lost two of three in both series in Milwaukee.
  2. The Cubs won seven consecutive games after being swept by the Brewers before losing yesterday to the Rays, 8-1. Since the start of the eight-game run (which began on September 12), the Cubs lead the majors in batting average (.307) and OPS (.906). The Brewers rank second in both (.290 batting average and .881 OPS).
  3. Milwaukee has won four straight series after taking two out of three in Pittsburgh. During that 12-game span dating back to September 8, the Brewers lead the National League in ERA (2.53).
  4. Domingo Santana is one of three NL players aged 25 or younger (based on season age on July 1) with 25+ home runs, 25+ doubles, 75+ RBI and 75+ runs this season (also Bryce Harper and Eugenio Suarez).
  5. Zach Davies is tied atop the MLB leaderboard for wins this season with 17. He would be the second Brewer in franchise history to at least tie for the MLB lead in wins (also Pete Vuckovich in 1981).
  6. Jake Arrieta returns from the DL to make his first start since September 4. He has a 2.01 ERA since July 1, the second-lowest mark in the National League among pitchers with at least 10 starts (Stephen Strasburg -- 1.05).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/21/2017 thru 9/24/2017

MILWAUKEE -- The deficit will be 5 1/2 games for the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central when they take the field against the first-place Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon.

Despite the margin, Milwaukee still feels good about its chances of reaching the postseason for the first time in six years.

Milwaukee enters the third game of the four-game series on a three-game losing streak. After Corey Knebel allowed a game-winning homer to Adam Frazier Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the Brewers opened the series with consecutive 10-inning losses.

Milwaukee is two games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second wild after Tommy LaStella drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to give Chicago a 5-4 win Friday.

"That's' really the last of my concerns," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said when asked about a possible letdown. "We're going to come out and play hard. That's going to happen. We've lost three tough games. There's no way around that.

"It's tough losing late. You obviously expend a lot when you lose late. We have to deal with it. That's what's happened. Tomorrow is a new day. We'll come in and try to get them."

Left-hander Brent Suter will make be his fourth start since a brief stint on the disabled list for a strained rotator cuff. He's thrown 43, 50 and 64 pitches in his last three starts and should be able to throw 80 to 85 pitches when he makes his second start and fourth overall appearance against the Cubs this season.

Suter held Chicago scoreless over seven innings in their last meeting on July 28, striking out five while scattering four hits and a walk. From there, though, he scuffled and posted an 8.16 ERA over his next three starts before landing on the disabled list.

Chicago will work behind right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who has faced Milwaukee four times in 2017. He is 6-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 19 starts against the Brewers.

A victory Saturday would put the Cubs one step closer to locking down a playoff spot, but manager Joe Maddon isn't ready to celebrate just yet.

"No, not at all," Maddon said. "Let's go play tomorrow's game. I'm interested in one-game winning streaks. We've had two of them. I want another one-game winning streak tomorrow. That's how I look at it."

It'll be a quick turnaround for both teams. The game was originally scheduled for a 6:10 CST p.m. first pitch but was moved to noon to accommodate a national television broadcast.

Maddon said his team will be ready for that, too even if he didn't sound thrilled with the early start.

"They'll be ready to play," he said. "It's such a wonderful idea to play a noon game for national television. I'm really excited about that. Why would you not want your guys getting rest at a really important time of the year? Why would you not want them to go home at about midnight and a play a game 12 hours after that?

The early start likely will impact Milwaukee's bullpen, which has been worked heavily over the last few nights. Counsell used reliever Josh Hader and closer Knebel for multiple innings Friday night, leaving both likely to be unavailable Saturday.

Knebel has thrown 78 pitches while pitching in four of the last five games. Hader has thrown 74 pitches while appearing in three of the last five games.

Updated September 23, 2017

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