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Chi Cubs0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 5100
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 030
0
  W: J. Quintana (7-3)   L: C. Anderson (11-4)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, September 24, 2017
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 42,212

Cubs, Brewers meet in key series finale

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Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. In their most recent meeting on September 8-10, the Brewers swept the Cubs in Wrigley Field for the first time since the 2002 season. The Brewers are 6-3 against the Cubs in Chicago this season but have lost two of three in both series in Milwaukee.
  2. The Cubs won seven consecutive games after being swept by the Brewers before losing yesterday to the Rays, 8-1. Since the start of the eight-game run (which began on September 12), the Cubs lead the majors in batting average (.307) and OPS (.906). The Brewers rank second in both (.290 batting average and .881 OPS).
  3. Milwaukee has won four straight series after taking two out of three in Pittsburgh. During that 12-game span dating back to September 8, the Brewers lead the National League in ERA (2.53).
  4. Domingo Santana is one of three NL players aged 25 or younger (based on season age on July 1) with 25+ home runs, 25+ doubles, 75+ RBI and 75+ runs this season (also Bryce Harper and Eugenio Suarez).
  5. Zach Davies is tied atop the MLB leaderboard for wins this season with 17. He would be the second Brewer in franchise history to at least tie for the MLB lead in wins (also Pete Vuckovich in 1981).
  6. Jake Arrieta returns from the DL to make his first start since September 4. He has a 2.01 ERA since July 1, the second-lowest mark in the National League among pitchers with at least 10 starts (Stephen Strasburg -- 1.05).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/21/2017 thru 9/24/2017

MILWAUKEE -- The postseason is still a week away, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs can expect another afternoon of playoff-like intensity and atmosphere on Sunday when they wrap up a four-game showdown at Miller Park.

The first three games of this crucial four-game series between the National League Central-leading Cubs and the upstart Brewers have been riddled with drama: strong solid pitching, lockdown late-inning relief and last at-bat heroics as all three games went 10 innings and were decided by two runs or fewer.

"There's no difference between these three games and the games that are going to occur in the next month," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, whose team has a 4 1/2-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central. "They were absolutely that intense, well played on both sides, give both teams credit."

And the Brewers, who kept their slimming playoff hopes alive Saturday with a two-run walk-off homer by Travis Shaw, know it won't get any easier.

"I haven't been able to come up with the words for this series," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "This is about as exciting as it gets. It is as exciting as it gets.(The Cubs are) clearly coming into a good place where they're really tough to beat."

The Brewers not only are behind the Cubs for the division lead but trail Colorado by just a game for the second National League wild-card spot, with a half-game lead over the resurgent St. Louis Cardinals.

"They've battled when people have counted them out or not believed," Counsell said. "They'll continue to show up fight until the very end."

Chase Anderson gets the start as Milwaukee goes for the series split and a victory in the season series, which is tied at nine games apiece.

He has been sharp all season, despite missing nearly two months with a strained oblique, but has been dominant at Miller Park, where he's 5-0 with a 2.34 ERA in 10 starts this season.

"I want to be that guy," Anderson said of stepping up to bolster a rotation that has been depleted by injury and ineffectiveness. "There's plenty of guys in this clubhouse that can be that guy, but when you get asked to do it, it's an honor. I hope to do it throughout this September and hopefully in the postseason.

"I feel strong, I feel healthy and I think being out with the oblique injury kind of set me up for this. Kind of a blessing in disguise. Arm feels great, I'm ready to go."

Anderson has faced the Cubs three times this season, going 2-1 with a 5.14 ERA, and is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA in six career starts against Chicago, which hands the ball to left-hander Jose Quintana.

Acquired at the break from the crosstown White Sox, Quintana has gone 6-3 with a 3.95 ERA since shifting to the North Side and took a no-decision his last time out, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals.

"He's becoming more part of the fabric, he knows the guys now, he seems more at ease," Maddon said of Quintana. "He's become part of the group. He's assimilated well.

"He's easy to respect. It's easy to respect this guy the way he goes about his work. He's become more comfortable with us and I think he won us over with the way he went about his work."

Updated September 24, 2017

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