The Chicago Cubs (14-5, 1st place NL Central) rebounded from a 14-5 thrashing at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday with a 5-0 shutout Sunday before jetting out of town and back home.
The Cubs will now host the Milwaukee Brewers (8-11, 5th place NL Central) for a three game stand followed up with a series against the Atlanta Braves. The extended home games will give the team an opportunity to feel out their new clubhouse, a 30, 000 foot palace, which they have not had much time to enjoy.
“It’s like we’ve never been there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said about playing at Wrigley Field. “It’s like we saw the clubhouse briefly, and we left. You combine Spring Training and one week at home, it’s been a long time.”
Starting tonight’s game for the Cubs will be Kyle Hendrix (4-1, 1.45 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (0-3, 3.60 ERA) for the Brewers. Also, expect Dexter Fowler, who had a couple days off, back in the lineup tonight.
“Dexter is playing so well.” Madden said. “I did not want to run him into the ground.“