Pregame Notes: Cubs offense looks to break out against tough Peralta


After struggling to back a solid start from Jake Arrieta last night, the task will only get tougher for the Chicago Cubs against Wily Peralta of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Peralta (14-6, 3.42) looks to break a four-way tie for the most wins in the NL with a win against the Cubs (50-67). In his last five starts, Peralta has an ERA of 1.64 and has struck out 64, all of them wins. If the Cubs are going to get the jump on the Brewers (66-53), they’ll need some of the new faces to step, and a few of the old.

Kyle Hendricks (3-1, 2.10) will be looking for his fifth quality start in a row. Hendricks has slowly emerged as the No. 2 man behind Arrieta. In his last start Hendricks posted his longest outing, an eight inning, two run gem against the Rockies.

The Cubs will need All-Star Anthony Rizzo to have a big game, as he is in the midst of his longest home run drought, 21 days. He least left the yard against the Padres on July 22.

The game is a 7:05 pm CT start at Wrigley Field, and will be carried on CSN, and broadcast on WGN 720 AM.

Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s contest: