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11:20 AM PT12:20 PM MT1:20 PM CT2:20 PM ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 AM MST1:20 PM EST1:50 PM VEN22:20 UAE12:20 PM CT, April 7, 2021
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 10,343

Brewers, Cubs meet again in matchup of Opening Day starters

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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

Almost one week into the 2021 season, there will be an Opening Day reset for right-handers Brandon Woodruff of the Milwaukee Brewers and Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs.

The two will square off Wednesday afternoon at Chicago's Wrigley Field, six days after each started the season for their respective teams with an outing that failed to meet expectations.

Woodruff lasted just four innings in the Brewers' season opener Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, giving up three early runs as Milwaukee fell into a 3-1 hole after four innings before they rallied for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings.

If there was a positive for Woodruff, it was that all three of his runs allowed came on two-strike pitches with two outs. He said he was off his game because he was not able to locate his fastball.

After scoring just five runs in three consecutive defeats, the Brewers looked a bit more settled Tuesday, getting a three-run home run from Travis Shaw and a solo shot from Omar Narvaez in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs. Three Milwaukee pitchers, starting with Freddy Peralta, held the Cubs to one hit.

"Everything's kind of magnified early in the season," Shaw said. "Guys can feel that at times, but I mean, it's Game 5. You go 3-for-4 in a game and everything's all right. We score nine in one game and everything's going to be all right. We're in a good spot."

In 13 starts last season, Woodruff was limited to 12 outs just once, in a game where he gave up just two runs to the Cincinnati Reds but made 91 pitches. In eight career appearances against the Cubs (six starts), Woodruff is 0-1 with a 4.65 ERA.

Hendricks (0-1) had an even shorter opener than Woodruff, lasting three innings while giving up three runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. The Cubs fell 5-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday and did not lose again until they fell to the Brewers on Tuesday.

After delivering a 2.88 ERA in 12 starts last season and finishing ninth in National League Cy Young voting, Hendricks will look to improve in his second home start. He did not have a start shorter than 4 1/3 innings last season.

In 23 career starts against the Brewers, Hendricks is 9-6 with a sparkling 2.84 ERA over 136 1/3 innings. It is his most starts and innings pitched against any team in his career.

Run support for Hendricks will be a priority after the Cubs had just a fourth-inning double from Kris Bryant on Tuesday. Peralta gave the Brewers five scoreless innings, Brent Suter had three and Brad Boxberger had a scoreless ninth in his Brewers debut.

The Cubs might have gained inspiration from a ninth-inning incident when Boxberger hit Willson Contreras with a pitch. Contreras, who was also hit in the helmet by a pitch Monday, took exception with both benches clearing. The teams did not come to blows.

"It's just scary right now," Cubs manager David Ross said. "At some point, you have to be better. You can't just continue to try to pitch in and hit guys. You've got to be better."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 7, 2021

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