Cubs hoping Darvish gets it together this weekend
Thursday, April 26: Chase Anderson (2-1, 3.25) v. Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 4.09)
Right-hander Chase Anderson takes the ball in the opener for Milwaukee, coming off an outing in which he got tagged for the loss – despite pitching into the sixth. Battling the Marlins and former Milwaukee top prospect Lewis Brinson, Anderson came out on the wrong side of things.
He’s pitching on an extra day of rest, too. Craig Counsell pushed him back a day so he could open the series against the Cubs.
As for Chicago, Kyle Hendricks takes the hill in search of a second straight win. On April 6, he squared off against these Brewers – but came away with a no-decision. The right-hander carries a career 3.01 ERA in 16 starts against Milwaukee.
Friday, April 27: Brent Suter (1-2, 5.68) v. Yu Darvish (0-2, 6.86)
Of all the games, this one will likely draw the attention of Cubs fans most. And it’s strictly due to who’s on the mound for Chicago in Yu Darvish. The team’s biggest offseason addition ran into trouble three times now in the fifth inning of starts. First it was cramps, then a balk call and, last time out, walking the opposing pitcher.
Brent Suter, meanwhile, is yet to make it through six innings this season. So, at least on paper, these two might be evenly matched. Opponents are batting just under .300 against him this season, so look for the Cubs’ offense to get to work.