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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Carlos Villanueva, RHP
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    Carlos Villanueva, last 5 years vs. MIL
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Villanueva was cruising through the first three innings of his last start, then needed 31 pitches to get through the fourth vs. the Reds. He was unable to finish the fifth and took the loss. He will be headed to the 'pen once Jake Arrieta returns.

Matt Garza, RHP
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Garza is still seeking his first victory since signing the richest free-agent contract in club history. This will be his first start against the Cubs since they traded him to the Rangers last July.

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Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Travis Wood, LHP
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Wood is coming off a great start in which he struck out nine and hit a three-run homer and RBI double to pick up his first win. He has three quality starts in four outings, and has matched his career high of nine strikeouts in two games this year.

Marco Estrada, RHP
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Estrada settled for a no-decision Sunday when the Brewers and Pirates went 14 innings, but he pitched a quality start for the third straight outing. He lost to the Cardinals in his only start so far at home.

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Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel leads the Major Leagues with a 0.69 WHIP, and has a quality start in each of his four outings. "It's simple math -- if you don't let anybody on base, you don't give up runs," Hammel said. He's 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA in his career vs. the Brewers.

Wily Peralta, RHP
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Peralta has turned the page from last season's slow start. Monday's win over the Padres gave him three straight quality starts, and the Brewers are 4-0 when he takes the mound.

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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Jeff Samardzija, RHP
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Samardzija has five quality starts this season, a 1.53 ERA, yet doesn't have a win. In fact, the righty is winless in his last 11 starts, dating to last August. He says he's not frustrated.

Alfredo Simon, RHP
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Simon issued a season-high five walks Wednesday at Pittsburgh, including three with two outs in the first that forced home a run. He blamed cold weather for a lack of grip but righted the ship and turned in a decent 6 2/3 innings for the win.

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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Edwin Jackson, RHP
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Jackson posted his first quality start of the season and first since Sept. 22 in his last outing against the D-backs, but it wasn't enough for the win. He gave up three runs in the first two innings, then retired 17 of the last 18 batters he face

Tony Cingrani, LHP
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