Wood Looks for Fifth Win Without Rizzo’s Help on Offense

Travis Wood will pitch for the Cubs at Miller Park tonight beginning a three game road series. The lefty will look for his fifth win in the month of May, making him the fourth Cubs pitcher in the last 20 years to accomplish this feat.

In his first meeting with the Brewers on April 16, Wood allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings at Milwaukee, but redeemed himself on May 18. He struck out seven and allowed two runs in seven innings securing a W at Wrigley Field.

Coming off of 20 runless innings, the Cubs look to improve a terrible offensive record with Marco Estrada taking the hill for the Brewers. After allowing two home runs in a four–run inning in his last start against the Cubs, Estrada hasn’t seen much improvement. In three of his last four starts, he has allowed four runs each (including his terrible start against the Cubs).

Offense may continue to struggle with Anthony Rizzo not in the lineup tonight. In the past seven games, Rizzo has been on-base 10 times and leads the league in walks (20) for the month of May. Chicago will rely on Starlin Castro and Mike Olt to step up and hit the ball.

Coming off of a cold month, the Brewers are still guaranteed to finish May in first place since the Cardinals lost to the Giants last night. If St. Louis loses again, and the Brewers win two of the three against the Cubs, Milwaukee will be up five games in the NL Central. If, by some miracle, the Cubs sweep the Brewers and St. Louis gets their act together against San Francisco, the Cards could take first place.

With St. Louis and Milwaukee neck and neck, and the Cubs more than 13 games behind .500, Chicago fans are now finding themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. Certainly every win counts and beating our Milwaukee rivals in their own stadium would be fantastic, but a very difficult question remains: Who do we hate more? The Cards or the Brewers?

 

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