Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
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Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers Prediction, Preview, and Odds

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers Prediction, Preview, and Odds

The 2018 runner-up for NL MVP was hitting.281 with 29 homers and 85 RBIs, leaving a sizable hole in the lineup for the final three weeks. Former Brewer Brandon Kintzler was charged with the loss for the Cubs after yielding the game-winning hit.

The Chicago Cubs have fought hard all season to stay in the race for the National League Central title, but they'll have to fight even harder just to hang on to their current wild card playoff spot.

Cubs shortstop Javy Baez's MRB revealed a hairline fracture on his left thumb that he suffered last Sunday against the Brewers.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has opted to flip Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks in his rotation for the series finale, moving Lester (12-9, 4.19 ERA) up and pushing Hendricks back to start their series against San Diego on Monday. Russell stole 2d with a head-first trip and later scored on neutral fielder Christian Yelich's throwing error. Other guys have to take care of their component of the game also.

"It is not easy, it is no fun without him, in a sense, but you don't go home, " Maddon said. Cubs are 3-0 in his last three starts.

With Báez now out, Addison Russell will take over as the everyday shortstop, opening the everyday second base position to Ben Zobrist. "It's not like we're just a one man band".

Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant received the recreation off.

The Cubs trail the St. Louis Cardinals by 3.5 games in the NL Central entering Sunday's action.

Baez missed two games, then attempted to return Thursday.

"He's spent so much time at second base working on this different stroke, now he's gotta go to the other side, get this other one back", Maddon said. "I actually think his arm strength looks better".

Beyond his impact on the field, the Cubs are losing a special player in Baez - whom Willson Contreras called "the heart of this team". "There's all that, the things that he does to pick us up when things aren't going well - stolen base, the extraordinary slide, the play, the home run".

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