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Corbin Burnes, surging Brewers face struggling Cubs
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers
- The Cubs have lost 19 of its last 27 road games against the Brewers. That equals Chicago's loss total from its previous 49 road games in the matchup.
- Dating back to last season, the Cubs have scored at least one run in 65 consecutive games. That is the longest active such streak in MLB.
- In his last start, Kyle Hendricks went 7.0 innings, allowing two hits and no runs in Chicago's 21-0 win over Pittsburgh. Of his 210 career starts, it was the second time Hendricks has gone 7.0+ innings while giving up two or fewer hits and zero runs.
- The Brewers have 13 or more wins through 20 games of a season for the eighth time in team history. Milwaukee failed to reach the postseason in any of the previous seven seasons when doing so.
- Dating back to last season, Adrian Houser has allowed just one home run over his last 15 starts. He's the second Brewer pitcher ever to allow one homer or less over a 15-start span, joining Pete Broberg, who did so multiple times spanning the 1975/76 seasons.
- Willy Adames and Seiya Suzuki are the only players in MLB currently leading their teams in home runs, RBI, walks and runs.
- Blue Jays hire Mattingly as bench coach
- 1B Abreu joins Astros on 3-year deal
- MLBPA extends Clark through 2027
- Candelario, Nats agree to 1-year deal
- Pirates sign veteran 1B/DH Santana
Like his Milwaukee Brewer teammates, Corbin Burnes has looked sharp following a rough opening against the Chicago Cubs in 2022.
Meanwhile, Marcus Stroman is still trying to find his form for Chicago.
Aiming for their sixth straight win, the Brewers will look to sweep a three-game home set from the struggling Cubs on Sunday. On the mound, Burnes (1-0, 1.75 ERA) will face Stroman (0-3, 6.98) in a matchup of right-handers.
Since losing the season's first two games at Chicago, Milwaukee is 15-5. The Brewers have outscored their opponents 38-13 during this five-game winning streak, including 20-2 in the first two games of this series.
"The thing about baseball is you have to keep grinding, keep putting in the work and keep trying to get better," Brewers star Christian Yelich, who has homered in each of the past two games and is 6-for-13 in the past four, told the club's official website.
Burnes, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, certainly has pitched better since a 5-4 loss to the Cubs on Opening Day, when he gave up three runs, four hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings. In his following three starts, Burnes has allowed two solo home runs and seven other hits, and has struck out 29 and walked three over 20 2/3 innings.
He recorded 11 of those strikeouts while yielding just two hits over 6 2/3 scoreless frames during the Brewers' 4-2 home loss to the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
"I'm just going out and doing my job," Burnes told the website. "We've done really good to this point with everyone sticking to what they do best, and going out there to play good baseball."
Meanwhile, the Cubs, losers of three straight and nine of 11 since starting 6-4, have not played very good baseball behind Stroman to start his career on Chicago's North Side. His teammates have totaled just 10 runs in four games when he's been on the mound.
Then again, Stroman hasn't necessarily helped his own cause; he's yielded 15 earned runs over 19 1/3 innings. However, he lasted a season-high six innings, giving up two earned runs and six hits without a walk during Tuesday's 3-1 loss at Atlanta.
"It's getting better," Stroman told the Cubs' website. "I'm still not where I want to be, but definitely making strides in the right direction. As far as how I feel, I definitely need to do some work."
Stroman made a solid first impression with the Cubs when he gave up a home run to Willy Adames and allowed one other hit, while walking three with three strikeouts, over five innings of Opening Day appearance over Burnes and the Brewers. Adames is 5-for-8 with two homers vs. Stroman all time, and he is batting .341 with four doubles, four homers, 11 runs scored and 11 RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak against the Cubs.
Milwaukee's Hunter Renfroe is 5-for-9 with three home runs and five RBIs in this series.
Chicago's Ian Happ is batting .333 while hitting safely in six of his past seven games and is 5-for-14 with two doubles and a homer vs. Burnes. Teammate Jason Heyward is 4-for-9 with a homer against him.
However, the Cubs have been held to one run in three straight games, and four of their past five.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 1, 2022