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Chicago Cubs Probable Pitchers: Milwaukee Brewers, Apr. 8-10

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Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman Make Wrigley Field Debuts as Chicago Cubs Players

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The Chicago Cubs started the 2013 MLB season with a six-game road trip. Coming off a three-game sweep from the Atlanta Braves, the Cubs will prepare for their home-opener on Apr. 8. That’s the start of a 10-game home stretch that will include a divisional rival, the defending World Series champions and an American League opponent.

Probable pitchers for the upcoming series against the Milwaukee Brewers include Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood and Scott Feldman. This series will last from Apr. 8-10. They’ll face a depleted Brewers offense that has two of their star hitters on the disabled list. Those hitters are Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez. Earlier this offseason, Mat Gamel was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a season-ending knee injury. A neck injury may keep Ryan Braun out of some games in this series.

Both of these teams enter this series with losing streaks. The Cubs have lost three consecutive games. The Brewers have lost five consecutive games. While the Cubs have scored 13 runs in their first six games, the Brewers have surrendered 39 runs in their first six games.

For the Cubs, this is a critical series. They can’t afford to lose another series before they host their next seven games against the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. At 2-4, anything worse than a .500 home stretch (5-5) would put this team in a huge hole in the National League Central standings.

The following slideshow is a brief summary of each probable pitcher and matchup for the Cubs vs. Brewers series. Will the Cubs’ pitching prevail over the Brewers’ hitting? Continue with slideshow.

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Chicago Cubs: RHP Edwin Jackson (0-1, 3.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP)

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Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

In 2012, Edwin Jackson made two starts against the Brewers. He had a 1-0 record with a 0.60 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. That came in a 15-inning sample.

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Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Marco Estrada (0-0, 7.20 ERA, 1.80 WHIP)

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Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

In 2012, Marco Estrada made four appearances against the Cubs. Estrada started three of those games. He had a 2-0 record with a 1.00 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. He had 22 strikeouts in 18 innings.

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Chicago Cubs: LHP Travis Wood (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP)

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

In 2012, Travis Wood made two starts against the Brewers. He had a 0-2 record with a 3.86 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. With injuries to Matt Garza and Scott Baker, Wood looks to make the most of his spot in the starting rotation.

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Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (0-1, 6.75 ERA, 1.79 WHIP)

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

At age 23, Wily Peralta will face the Cubs for the first time in his career. Peralta is a sinker-baller who occasionally has trouble with his control. That was evidenced when he threw a first-pitch ball to six of his first seven hitters in his 2013 debut.

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Scott Feldman: RHP Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.71 ERA, 1.93 WHIP)

Scott Feldman: RHP Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.71 ERA, 1.93 WHIP
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After a spring when he had an 11.25 ERA, Scott Feldman didn’t do much better in his Cubs debut. Feldman should improve when he makes his first start as a Cubs player at Wrigley Field.

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Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Kyle Lohse (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP)

Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Kyle Lohse (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP)
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As a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Kyle Lohse started three games against the Cubs in 2012. He had a 2-0 record with a 4.12 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. Lohse was the only one of the top five starters who had a quality start in their first outings.

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Summary

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Apr. 8: Edwin Jackson vs. Marco Estrada

Apr. 9: Travis Wood vs. Wily Peralta

Apr. 10: Scott Feldman vs. Kyle Lohse

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