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Chicago Cubs: How the team fared against its biggest rivals in 2021

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Chicago Cubs: Another Chicago-based team “owned” by a Wisconsin-based club 

Final record against the Brewers: 4-15

Runs scored vs. runs against: 67-124

This head-to-head matchup was not anywhere close, the Brewers absolutely destroyed the Cubs in 2021. Milwaukee’s success against them helped lead them to a division title. At one point in the season series the Brewers had won 11 in a row. The only time the Cubs had a lead in the season series was after they won the first matchup of the year behind Trevor Williams. Brewers pitching shut out the Cubs offense four different times, while Chicago pitching gave up double-digit runs to the Brewers offense four different times. In the end the scoring difference was almost double.

One Cub that had success against Milwaukee was rookie sensation Patrick Wisdom. He slashed .367/.441/.833 with four home runs and 12 RBI in nine games against the Brewers. One of those home runs included the franchise record-setting blast for rookies. Omar Narvaez had his way with Cubs pitching as he hit three home runs and slashed .333/.464/.548 and 11 RBI in 16 games.

Best game: April 13 – Cubs 3 – Brewers 2

Trailing 2-1 in the top of the eighth, Willson Contreras faced Brent Suter with Ian Happ on base. Contreras blasted a 2-1 pitch deep to left which landed near Bernie Brewer’s slide for a 3-2 lead. The bullpen shut it down to clinch the 3-2 victory. For all the painful losses against The Crew in 2021, it was nice to have this one.

Worst game: June 30 – Brewers 15 – Cubs 7 

This was the game that sealed the team’s fate in 2021. It looked like a horrific losing streak was going to come to an end in the first inning when the Cubs scored a touchdown and extra point on the Brewers. Jake Arrieta and company would see the Brewers not only come back but double up the score by the fourth inning. Luis Urias and Willy Adames both drove in four runs. There was no coming back from this one.

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