Series Preview: Brewers (14-11) @ Cubs (16-9)

The True Blue Brew Crew starts a 9-game roadtrip with three games against the NL Central leading Cubs–both their second series against the Cubs, as well as their second visit to Wrigley Field. The Brewers currently sit 2 games back of the first place games and in third place. The Brewers took two of three from the Cubs in their first trip to Wrigley.
Pitching Probables:
Tuesday, 4/29, 7:05 p.m. CT: RHP Ben Sheets (3-0, 0.96) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (1-0, 3.47)
Wednesday, 4/20, 7:05 p.m. CT: RHP Jeff Suppan (1-0, 3.48) vs. RHP Ryan Dempster (3-0, 2.90)
Thursday, 5/01, 1:20 p.m. CT: RHP Yovani Gallardo (0-0, 0.64) vs. RHP Carlos Zambrano (4-1, 2.21)
Things to watch for:
1. On Tuesday, is Ben Sheets 100% healthy? Can he resume his terrific start to his 2008 season, or does this (or another) injury linger in the background?
2. Mike Cameron will make his Brewers debut…will his presence give the Brewers a boost, and is Cameron ready to contribute?
3. Can the Brewers capitalize on scheduling luck–having their three best pitchers aligned for the series against the Cubs–or will some of them get chinks in their armor?
4. Will both teams sending all right-handers out to start games mean early success for left-handed batters Prince Fielder or Kosuke Fukudome (.456 OBP vs. righties and .544 OBP at home)…and will both skippers opt for one of their two lefty relievers early in the game?
Finally…a “Did You Know?” The Brewers and Cubs have had the exact same outcome each day over their past six games…someone has to gain at least a game in the standings, now, right?

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