Chicago Cubs face tough weekend series against red-hot Milwaukee Brewers

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Chicago Cubs: upcoming Brewers series will feature star-studded rosters

There’s no doubt that both the Cubs and the Brewers have some serious power at the plate. The most obvious example is Christian Yelich, who is on an absolute tear this season. In his first 118 at-bats, the reigning National League MVP has already racked up 37 RBI and is currently leading the league with 16 home runs.

Yelich has an overall batting average of .356 so far this season. In his last 15 games, he has 16 hits, seven home runs and 11 RBI.

Since being traded from the Marlins to the Brewers prior to the 2018 season, Yelich has emerged as one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball, leading to him stealing the NL MVP honors from Javier Baez last year. In just a little over one full season with Milwaukee, he is just seven home runs short of surpassing the 59 he hit in his five years with Miami.

One surprise for the Brewers has been the recent hot streak of veteran Ryan Braun. Braun, who has regressed significantly since his MVP-caliber years, is mashing over the last seven games: he’s hitting .500 in that span, with 12 hits, six RBI and two home runs.

The Cubs have their fair share of big hitters, too. After a slow start, Kris Bryant is finally starting to look like the 2016 MVP-winning Kris Bryant. He’s hit four home runs in five days, including Tuesday’s walk-off, as well as nine RBI. He’s hitting .350 over his last seven games.

In addition to reigning MVP Yelich, this series will also include 2018 MVP runner-up Javier Baez, who is leading the team with 11 home runs and 28 RBI. El Mago is hitting .348 in his last seven games.

And last, but definitely not least, Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs’ grizzled veteran and de facto leader, has been on a roll, with nine RBI and a .348 average over eight games.

Any time these two Central Division rivals face off, it’s almost like a mini-All-Star game. Don’t expect this weekend’s series to be any different.