Darvish cruised into the fifth, the inning which had been his Achilles heel in three of his first four starts as a Cub.
The pitch from Rockies' German Marquez hit the brim of Bryant's batting helmet and then struck him in the forehead. The Brewers have just two runs and 12 hits through the first three games of the four-game set. It was the second run allowed in that game. Q once again handled the cheese-heads in another Cubs shutout performance. Across 21.2 innings and a 1-3 mark this season, Chatwood has a 3.74 ERA with 23 Ks and 19 BBs. Chatwood has been pretty good as well, with three earned over his last 10.2 innings in two starts.
The Cubs go for the four-game series sweep tomorrow. It was his first blown save with the Cardinals. Pedro Strop got the win and is now 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA on the year. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to 13 that've gone under in such games. He'll wear a protective flap on his helmet.
Is there value in taking Guerra and the underdog Brewers, or is it Cubbies all the way? That said, he's traditionally a slow starter - April is, for his career, his worst month, statistically - so as the weather warms up, so might he. The advanced computer entered Thursday's play on an 11-5 money line run for an astonishing 69 percent cash rate. Overall, the team's gained 5.5 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 6.8 units ATS.
The Brewers had been rolling right along, but they have lost the first two games of this series and their offense has been a reason for that.
Cubs slugger Kris Bryant missed his fourth straight game after he was beaned during a victory at Colorado last Sunday.
Maddon said he's not worried about Russell's performance at the plate and noted the Cubs have been winning despite his lack of production.