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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs Pick & Prediction AUGUST 21st 2022

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It's the Chicago Cubs, not the Milwaukee Brewers, who are playing like a postseason contender.

The Cubs can complete a three-game series sweep of the visiting Brewers on Sunday by matching a season high with their sixth straight victory.

Chicago is 15 games under .500 but has won 11 of its past 15 games after taking the first two of this set.

After winning 8-7 in Friday's opener, the Cubs tied the game off Milwaukee's Devin Williams in the ninth, and won 6-5 via Willson Contreras' tiebreaking single during their two-run 11th on Saturday.

"Confidence is a strong thing in this game, and these guys have a lot of it right now," said Chicago manager David Ross, whose club won six consecutive games in July.

Against the Brewers, the Cubs have won four straight and nine of the 15 meetings this season. Milwaukee was last swept in a series at Chicago from Aug. 2-4, 2019.

Milwaukee, which failed to hold a lead four times Saturday, is fighting for a fifth consecutive NL postseason spot but has gone 6-12 since winning seven of eight from July 22-30.

"We have no choice but to bounce back and try to get one (Sunday)," Milwaukee's Christian Yelich said.

Milwaukee has a chance to stay competitive in this finale behind starter Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.53 ERA), who is 6-1 with a 2.50 ERA in his last 12 outings. Yet the right-hander has completed just seven innings once in his 18 starts this season.

Woodruff yielded a pair of solo homers, with three other hits and two walks while striking out eight during Milwaukee's 5-4, 11-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

However, Woodruff's only 2022 start against the Cubs was rough.

During the Brewers' 9-0 loss at Wrigley Field on April 9, Woodruff matched a career high with seven runs allowed, plus six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Chicago All-Star Ian Happ went 2-for-2 vs. Woodruff in that contest. Teammate Nick Madrigal was 0-for-2 against him, but he had three hits in each of the first two games of this series. Madrigal is batting .382 (13-for-34) in his last eight games.

Cubs' scheduled starter Justin Steele (4-7, 3.43 ERA) has yielded seven runs over 20 1/3 innings while going 0-1 in his last four starts, but only two of those runs were earned. They came during a six-inning home stint against the Nationals on Aug. 10.

Pitching at Washington on Tuesday, the left-hander gave up an unearned run, with five hits, two walks and five strikeouts of Chicago's 7-5, 11-inning victory.

"I feel like I say this in every one of his starts. ... He just keeps getting better, right?" Ross said.

Steele is 1-1 with a strong 2.75 ERA in four starts against the Brewers this season. He allowed a run, two hits, four walks and struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings of the Cubs' 5-2, 10-inning loss July 4 in his most recent outing vs. Milwaukee.

Yelich is 4-for-9 against Steele this season. Teammate Willy Adames is 1-for-6 vs. Steele in 2022, but he homered Saturday for one of his three hits during this set.

--Field Level Media

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Milwaukee Brewers
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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs Recap AUG 21TH 2022

Keston Hiura tied the game with a solo home run in the seventh, then added some insurance with a late two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Down 2-0, the Brewers took advantage when Chicago starter Justin Steele left the game after he allowed two hits and a walk and struck out nine over six scoreless innings.

Rowdy Tellez belted his team-leading 26th home run off Mark Leiter Jr. in the seventh, just after teammate Andrew McCutchen was thrown out trying to steal second. Hiura then followed with a two-out long ball against Brandon Hughes.

In the eighth, after Kolton Wong singled and eventually advanced to third on two Rowan Wick (3-6) wild pitches, Willy Adames put Milwaukee ahead for good with a sacrifice fly.

Hiura then clubbed his 12th home run of the season with a man on in the ninth, as the Brewers prevailed for just the seventh time in the last 19 contests after one-run losses in each of the first two games of this series.

The Brewers also snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cubs, who had won five in a row overall entering Sunday. Despite the defeat, Chicago has won five consecutive scheduled series.

Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just Ian Happ's 100th career homer in the first and Seiya Suzuki's 10th blast of the season in the fourth, plus two other hits. He walked two and tossed five strikeouts.

After the Brewers' bullpen faltered during Saturday's 6-5, 11-inning loss, Brent Suter (5-3), Brad Boxberger and Taylor Rogers (29 saves) held Chicago batters to just one hit over the final 3 1/3 innings.

Suzuki also recorded a single and double for the Cubs, who played without slugger Patrick Wisdom after he injured his finger on a play at the plate during Saturday's victory. X-rays were negative, according to the team.

--Field Level Media

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