Cubs Game Notes For Thursday @ Milwaukee
* The Cubs have scored 18 runs over their two victories this season, but just one over their three losses. Chicago has been shut out in back-to-back games, but hasn’t gone three straight games without any runs since a four-game drought in 1992.
* The Brewers were shut out while committing at least three errors on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three years (April 6, 2015 versus Colorado). Milwaukee is now batting .159 with no outs this season, .270 with one out and an MLB-best .346 with two outs.
* The Cubs went 10-9 against the Brewers last season, faring better at Miller Park (7-3) than Wrigley Field (3-6). For the season overall, each team collected 52 extra-base hits in the series, though the Cubs did outscore Milwaukee after the sixth inning by a margin of 35-17.
* Since joining the Cubs in 2015, Jon Lester is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA over four starts against Milwaukee. The .195 average he’s allowed versus the Brewers since 2015 is Lester’s lowest against any opponent he’s faced more than once.
* Brent Suter has pitched very well in two career starts versus the Cubs, compiling a 0.73 ERA along with a 0.89 WHIP and a .227 slugging percentage allowed. In his career, Suter is allowing a .218 batting average his first time through opposing lineups, compared to .296 in the second trip and .411 thereafter.
* Christian Yelich may miss some time as he deals with oblique tightness. If so, Milwaukee would be without the player who has produced the highest batting average against fastballs (.348) by any hitter since 2013, the year Yelich entered the majors (minimum 1000 PA ending on fastballs).