Thursday, April 27, 2006

SeriesPreview: Brewers @ Cubs April 28-30

The Bruins(12-8) close out the month of April with a 3 game series against the Brewers(12-10). Last season the Cubs were 7-9 against Milwaukee. They took 4 of 6 from the Brewers in Chicago but struggled up at Miller Park going 3-7.

The Brewers come to Chicago after sweeping the Atlanta Braves in three up at Miller Park. After finishing last season at .500 the Brewers are expecting big things in 2006 and beyond. The exciting core of young players assembled by GM Doug Melvin has raised the expectations in Milwaukee. Offensively the Brewers are led by young first baseman Prince Fielder, who is hitting .361 with a .929 OPS, and former White Sox Carlos Lee, who is off to a good start with 8 homeruns and 18 knocked in.

The pitching matchups for the series seem to favor the Cubs. They luck out in missing Ben Sheets this series. Saturday's matchup of leftys Glendon Rusch and Doug Davis could get ugly. Both have ERA's over 6 and a combined record of 1-5. It won't be Koufax vs. Spahn (or this one), that's for sure.

Pitching Matchups and broadcast info:

Friday 1:20 ct
Greg Maddux(4-0, 0.99) vs. Dave Bush(2-1, 3.54)
Radio- WGN Radio-720 AM; XM-185

Saturday 1:20 ct
Glendon Rusch(1-3, 6.41) vs. Doug Davis(0-2, 7.66)
Radio- WGN Radio-720-AM; XM-185

Sunday 1:20 ct
Carlos Zambrano(0-1, 3.94) vs. Chris Capuano(3-2, 3.00)
Radio- WGN Radio-720 AM; XM-185

Kerry Wood Update (why?)
This from today's Tribune:
Kerry Wood threw 39 pitches in a three-inning simulated game against rookie-leaguers on Wednesday, allowing one hit with one walk and five strikeouts. Wood said he felt fine afterward, the Cubs reported.

Yawn, shrug. I'm not really sure what this was worth.

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