MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 340
Chi Cubs0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 x 550
  W: T. Williams (1-0)   L: B. Anderson (0-1)   S: A. Mills (1)
4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)5:40 PM CT, April 5, 2021
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 10,343

Cubs, Brewers set to meet after differing starts to season

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Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs

  1. These teams split 10 meetings in 2020, 5-5, with seven of the games played in Chicago. The Brewers won the last three of those road games, after winning just three of their previous 12 at Wrigley Field.
  2. Milwaukee earned a 10-inning come-from-behind 6-5 walkoff win in its opener against Minnesota last week, before losing the last two games of the series. It was the third Opening Day walkoff win in Brewers history, with the others coming in 1980 and 2013.
  3. The Cubs won two of three games with Pittsburgh to open the season, despite being outhit by a 22-12 margin. Chicago's .143 team batting average is higher only than the Braves' .128 mark.
  4. Anthony Rizzo has 27 home runs and 79 RBI against the Brewers since the start of the 2013 season, both the most by any player over that span. He went deep three times in 10 games against them last year, all at home.
  5. Trevor Williams' 6.18 ERA last year was the third highest among NL pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched. He has eight career starts against the Brewers, posting a 1.20 ERA over the first five (through 2018) and a 7.07 ERA over the last three (2019-20).
  6. Christian Yelich saw his OPS drop from an MLB-best 1.100 in 2019 to .786 last year -- the largest drop by any player who qualified for the batting title both seasons (-.314). He went 3-for-12 with three singles and six strikeouts in three games to open the current season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/5/2021 thru 4/7/2021

The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers go into a series opener Monday at Wrigley Field moving in opposite directions.

It's been only three games for each, but the Cubs have won two in a row to take a series against Pittsburgh after dropping their season and home opener.

Milwaukee did the opposite, winning its season and home opener before falling twice in a row against Minnesota.

The Brewers were shut out and then scored only twice in Sunday's 8-2 loss.

"We have to do better against starting pitchers," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "Our starters pitched pretty good; we just couldn't get a lead ever."

For the series opener Monday, right-hander Trevor Williams will be making his Cubs debut, facing Milwaukee left-hander Brett Anderson.

Williams, 28, is entering his sixth big-league season. Last season with his original club, Pittsburgh, he led the Pirates in starts and innings pitched and ranked second in strikeouts with 49, but those weren't the telling stats. He went 2-8 with a 6.18 ERA in those 11 starts that totaled 55 1/3 innings.

That was far off his breakout performance in 2018, when he got the baseball world's attention with a 1.38 ERA over the second half of the season.

Williams, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Chicago, is 3-3 with a 3.09 ERA in nine career appearances against Milwaukee, eight of them starts.

He has lost his two most recent starts against the Brewers. In fact, all three of his career wins against them came during that sparkling 2018 run.

"The one thing I can say about Trevor is he's got a history of taking the ball and giving innings," Cubs manager David Ross said. "That's definitely a feather in his cap."

One thing to watch for is the long ball. In the shortened 2020 season, Williams served up 15 home runs, tied for the most in the majors, after he gave up 27 in 2019.

Anderson, entering his second season with Milwaukee, was 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA last season.

He's not a fireballer like teammates Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff, and that's OK with him.

"Corbin and Woody, their stuff is so good it doesn't really matter what arm they pitch (with)," Anderson said. "So it is nice to be a little different, to be left-handed, just to change up the look.

"You never want to have too many of the same guy because in a three-game series it might come into play."

Anderson, 33, is the only lefty in the Milwaukee rotation. He didn't start training camp on time because of severe weather in Texas followed by a COVID-19 quarantine but ended up going 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in spring training.

Although Chicago's Ian Happ hit a solo homer and scored twice Sunday, he could be displaced in center field by Jake Marisnick against the left-hander. Marisnick played Saturday.

"I think I've got four really good outfielders that we're going to have to mix and match," Ross said. "I don't want Jake to come from swinging the bat pretty well in the spring to sitting and getting stale.

"So we're just trying to find the right matchups for guys, rotate that through and try to keep everybody fresh, and see what kind of start each guy gets."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 4, 2021

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