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

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

With Brewers manager Craig Counsell managing to win every game, he has used a quick hook more often recently.

Milwaukee's Brent Suter (1-0) followed starter Adrian Houser and pitched scoreless ball across the fifth and sixth innings.

Tyler Austin drove a pinch-hit, three-run homer during the Brewers' five-run fourth inning against Jon Lester, and Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 Sunday to earn another series victory.

The Chicago Cubs' roster has taken a major hit, as they might be without infielder Javier Baez for the rest of 2019.

Houser's only other mistake in five career relief outings spanning 7 2-3 innings versus Chicago was a two-run homer by Kris Bryant in a 4-1 Brewers loss May 12. The Cubs are in the second NL wild-card spot, 2 games behind the Washington Nationals and 1.5 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He fell to his knees, conserving his head, but at final was once in a position to compose himself and stroll to first flawed accompanied by manager Joe Maddon and two trainers. Lester and Ben Zobrist each had a flee-scoring double.

Christian Yelich might need a passport after Saturday's game. David Bote might fill in for Russell if he misses time.

"It's really unfortunate. Javy's the heart of this team", catcher Wilson Contreras said prior to Saturday night's game to the club's official website. He's had an up-and-down year after missing the first 28 games of the season while completing a suspension for violating the league's domestic abuse policy.

Lester allowed eight runs and seven hits, walked three and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. A 64-second review confirmed that Yelich had been hit.

He stayed in the game for a few innings and even walked in his next plate appearance, but soon the pain forced the Cubs to pull him from the game. Yelich will likely continue to battle Alonso and Bellinger for an NL-best home run record as the last month of the regular season unfolds, as the three have been neck-and-neck for quite some time.

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