The Milwaukee Brewers square off against division rival, Chicago Cubs Tuesday night at Miller Park. Both clubs enter the contest with identical records at 31-43, 15 games behind the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals.
Both MLB teams have been struggling all season, having many ups and downs throughout. The winner of Tuesday’s game simply gets the rights to say they are not last place in their division. Neither team looks to have any chance at making the playoffs as of right now.
Tuesday’s contest showcases the Brewers starting pitcher, Kyle Lohse, along with Cubs starter, Edwin Jackson.
Lohse had a tough start to the season but seems to be back on track as of late.
In his last outing, Lohse pitched six innings allowing one earned run and was awarded with a no decision. More often than not this would be a great outing for a starting pitcher, but Lohse has no run support from the rest of his Brewers team.
His 2.94 run-support average is amongst the bottom of the league, and he only has one victory in his last three starts where he gave up one earned run in each outing.
On the outside, Lohse says he’s not bothered by the lack of run support, but it has to be frustrating for the right-hander.
The Cubs will send Jackson to the mound who like his team, has had mixed results in each game. Jackson suffered a loss in his last outing in which he gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Cardinals. Before the loss, Jackson seemed to be getting back on the right track after allowing a combined two earned runs over 13 innings in his previous two starts.
One can anticipate Lohse to have yet another solid outing, whereas with Jackson it’s a coin flip on what his performance will bring.
What we can expect from both teams is a low scoring affair as the Brewers have only brought in more than three runs twice in their last 10 games and the Cubs only have five occurrences in the same time span.