Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers preview, Friday 4/29, 7:10 CT

Notes for Friday…

  • THE PROFESSOR: Since the Brewers moved to the NL in 1998, Kyle Hendricks’ 3.24 ERA is the fifth lowest of any pitcher with at least 20 starts against Milwaukee. Ahead of Hendricks on the list: Ryan Dempster (2.65), Adam Wainwright (2.69), Greg Maddux (2.80), and Jaime Garcia (2.86). More on Hendricks below.
  • GETTING TO THE BASE: Ian Happ is fifth in the N. with a baseline percentage of .435 while Seiya Suzuki is sixth (.434). Suzuki’s 1.024 OPS is fifth while his .590 slugging brand is sixth.
  • YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE: Cubs batters posted a .281 BA (47-for-167) with a .830 OPS with RISP. This .281 BA ranks fourth in the majors behind the Giants (.303), Dodgers (.297), and Phillies (.287).
  • APRIL vs. APRIL: As of April 2021, the Cubs had a .216/.309/.388 slash and a 4.89 team ERA in 26 games (11-15). So far in April 2022 (19 games, 8-11): .260/.344/.403, Team ERA 4.01. Despite a higher SLG this year, the 2022 Cubs have hit just 15 home runs in 19 games, compared to 32 in 26 games in April 2021.

Here are today’s dates.

Cub’s Lineup:

I’ll just leave this here.

Cubs record, 2022, with Rafael Ortega as leader: 4-8
Cubs record, 2022, ahead of everyone else: 4-3

I drop my case.

List of breweries:

Also interesting:

Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Adrian Houser, RHP

USA TODAY NETWORK

USA TODAY NETWORK

Kyle Hendricks vs Brauer, 2022: 1.69 ERA, 1.500 WHIP
Kyle Hendricks vs All Other Teams, 2022: 4.80 ERA, 1.333 WHIP

Of course, I’m just kidding with small sample sizes, but Kyle seemed to put the ship back on track in his last start, seven shutout innings against the Pirates. He’s also only allowed one home run in 20⅓ innings this year.

Current Brewers are batting .242 (55 to 227) against Kyle. That’s a large enough sample to make some judgments, and his numbers against some of the Brewers do, too: Lorenzo Cain, .172 (5 for 29), Keston Hiura (.176, 3 for 17) and Omar Narvaez (0-for-13 ). To be fair, I should probably include Kolten Wong (.354, 17-for-48).

Adrian Houser has made three starts this year and all have been relatively good. He has a fairly high walk rate and low strikeout rate, and that could add to the Cubs’ strengths. Current Cubs are a small sample size 15-for-45 (.333) against him with two home runs (Ian Happ, Jason Heyward), six walks and nine strikeouts.

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The 2022 Game Thread procedure will be the same as in previous years, similar to what we used for Spring Training.

You can find the match preview separately on the front page two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games after evening games).

At the same time, a StoryStream with the preview titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads” will be published on the front page. It will contain all the posts related to that particular game, including the first pitch thread and the overflow thread, and the synopsis when it is released. The summary will also appear as a separate post on the front page.

You can also find the Preview, First Pitch Thread, and Overflow Thread in the box labeled “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them at this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in this section.

The first pitch thread is posted five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread is posted 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.

Discuss among yourself.

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