Pregame Notes: Cubs Eric Jokisch gets first career start against Brewers


The Chicago Cubs begin their final series of the 2014 season tonight in Milwaukee. The Brewers have already been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Cubs would love to put a few more nails in the Crew’s coffin.

The Brewers (81-78) held a share of first place in the NL Central as late as August 31. Now they sit on the outside looking in, the same as the Cubs (71-88). The two teams are trending in opposite directions, and the Cubs would like to keep it that way. To do that, they’ll be counting on a two rookies, and a project piece in Jacob Turner as the Cubs will skip Kyle Hendricks last start to give him a breather. He’s pitched 180+ innings this season.

Eric Jokisch (0-0, 1.74) will make his first career start for the Cubs after making three appearances out of the bullpen. He’s taking the spot of Edwin Jackson,who was moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season. Jokisch posted a 9-10 record at Triple-A Iowa, with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts, while striking out 143 in 158 1/3 innings.

Jimmy Nelson (2-8, 4.57) takes the ball for the Brewers, and is also filling in for a scheduled starter. Matt Garza was scratched due to shoulder tightness. In 11 starts this year, Nelson is 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA.

Since July 1, the Cubs have won more games (34), than the Brewers (29).

Tonight’s game is a 7:10 pm CT start at Miller Park. CSN will have the game on TV, and WGN 720 AM will have the radio broadcast.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s matchup: