Amid myriad coronavirus worries in 2020, the Chicago Cubs should purge a reminiscence from a yr in the past once they collapsed down the stretch and tumbled out of the postseason image. The Milwaukee Brewers also might be searching for to exorcise a painful reminiscence of their personal, a process that begins after they visit the Cubs on Friday night to open the abbreviated 60-sport season.
Chicago was on top of things of a wild-card berth and led the Brewers by means of 5 video games with a month to play remaining 12 months before going right into a freefall that coincided with five losses in six matchups in opposition to National Central rival Milwaukee. Joe Maddon, who guided the franchise to an extended-awaited World Series championship in 2016, decided to reduce ties with the club and primary-yr supervisor David Ross takes over for the Cubs, who owned the second one-first-class home document in the NL at 51-30 ultimate year. The Brewers edged out the Cubs for the Central name in 2018 and gained 89 video games ultimate yr, only to squander an early three-run lead in a intestine-wrenching four-3 loss to eventual World Series champion Washington inside the NL wild-card recreation. Milwaukee will have the luxurious of a healthful Christian Yelich, whose bid for again-to-back NL Most Valuable Player awards was derailed while he suffered a fractured kneecap with just under three weeks left in the 2019 marketing campaign.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Brandon Woodruff (2019: eleven-three, three.62 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (2019: eleven-10, three.Forty six)