With all due credit to my addiction to the Press Pass Pre-Game Notes from mlb.com...
Friday’s Cub starter, Rich Hill (5-5, 3.13) is 1-1, 3.29 against the Brewers in ’07, having beaten them on April 6th in Milwaukee and lost on April 24th at Wrigley. The Brewers’ Game 1 starter, rookie Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 2.70), is starting his third Major League game. He was Milwaukee’s #1 prospect coming into the season, according to Baseball America.
The Cubs are 18-20 at home this season; the Brewers are 16-19 on the road.
This is the latest date the Cubs and Brewers have met while occupying the top two spots in the NL Central. Previous late date was 6/14/01, when the Cubs were in first and the Brewers were in second, six games back.
Cubs have the NL’s second best record this month (16-10, .615). First? The Brewers at 16-8, .667.
With 28 hits this month, Mike Fontenot has the third-highest June hit total among NL rookies...right behind the Brewers’ Ryan Braun (33). Houston’s Hunter Pence has 36.
Since June 2nd, the Cubs’ team ERA is 3.37, second in the majors to the Padres’ 3.13, and the Cub bullpen has stranded 90.6% of the baserunners it has inherited, best in baseball.
This is me talking now, not the Pre-Game Notes:
Riding high on the six-game winning streak, including the last three at Wrigley where the team hadn’t play well at all, the Cubs look good today. Saturday, with Ben Sheets pitching for the Brewers against Sean Marshall, looks tough. Sunday (David Bush vs. Jason Marquis) should look better than it does, what with Marquis pitching more and more like Marquis.
Two-of-three would be sufficient, I think. More would be fabulous. Less would simply be Cub-like.