Chicago Cubs: Milwaukee presents a big challenge in 2018

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While the Chicago Cubs have had their way with the Milwaukee Brewers so far this season, the Brew Crew could represent a challenge for the North Siders moving forward.

*Stats were done prior to 5/4

It is no secret that the Chicago Cubs were supposed to be a contending team in 2018. Coming off back-to-back-to-back NLCS appearances and a World Series title in 2016, the Cubs maintained a strong core of young players into this season.

Despite having that young core led by Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and others, the Cubs have gotten off to a somewhat average start this season, posting a 16-12 record through the first month of the season. The Cubs’ less than stellar start can be attributed to some key players not having good April’s. Right now, Rizzo is slashing .171/.269/.280 and that’s after hitting two home runs in as many games earlier in the week.

In addition to Rizzo, Yu Darvish, who the Cubs signed to a six-year deal prior to the season, owns a 6.00 ERA and has allowed six home runs in 30 innings pitched this season. Even with guys like Javier Baez and Kris Bryant posting All-Star caliber numbers, the Cubs trail the Brewers by one game going into play on Friday.

While the Brewers sit at 19-13 on the season, they are just 1-7 against the Cubs this season after being swept last week. Still, the Brewers are doing things in Milwaukee that is beginning to get the attention of teams within the NL Central.

Let’s dive more into what makes the Brewers a threat to the Cubs in 2018.