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Milwaukee Brewers – Chicago Cubs
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History
1st Meeting June 13, 1997 at Wrigley Field, MIL Won 4-2
Last Meeting September 23, 2009 at Miller Park, MIL Won 3-2
Next Meeting April 12, 2010 at Wrigley Field
Number of Meetings 187
All-Time Series CHC, 98-89 (.524)
Largest Margin of Victory MIL 16-2, 4/29/2006 &
CHC 19-5, 4/30/2008 both at Wrigley Field
Largest shutout MIL 9-0, 4/30/2006 at Wrigley Field
Most runs in a game 31, MIL 19-12, 7/1/1999 at Wrigley Field
Longest MIL Win Streak 6 (8/23/2001 - 5/18/2002)
Longest CHC Win Streak 6 (5/7/2003 - 6/24/2003)
Current Streak MIL, 1
Post Season History
Post Season Meetings None

The Brewers-Cubs Series is a Major League Baseball rivalry between National League Central Division foes the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs, two teams whose ballparks are located only 83.3 miles from each other off Interstate 94.

The Brewers and Cubs have been playing each other in spring training Cactus League games since the Brewers franchise began as the Seattle Pilots in 1969.[1] However, this budding rivalry did not begin to grow until 1998, when the Brewers moved from the American League Central Division to the NL Central. Until then, the Brewers had a rivalry with Chicago's AL team, the White Sox.

The Brewers and Cubs met for the first official time on June 13, 1997 in interleague play, a 4-2 Brewers victory in Wrigley Field. They met for the first time as division rivals on June 15, 1998, a 6-5 Cubs victory also in Wrigley Field.[2] The young series has proven very competitive with the Cubs leading 98-89 through the 2009 season.

During games in Milwaukee, it is sometimes common for there to be more visiting Cubs fans than home Brewers fans, creating "Wrigley Field North". This is largely due to the ticket availability at Miller Park; Wrigley Field is routinely sold out, so it is often easier and cheaper for Cubs fans to watch games at Miller Park. During the 2006 season, the Milwaukee Brewers started the "Take Back Miller Park" campaign to regain home field advantage. Since then, the dominating presence of Cubs fans has somewhat dwindled as the Brewers have become more popular with local fans following the sale of the team from Bud Selig to Mark Attanasio. Through the 2007 and 2008 seasons, the rivalry became more intense with both teams battling for the NL Central crown, a prize the Cubs eventually claimed both seasons[3].During 2008, the Brewers had a sellout streak going at the start of a mid-July series at home against the Cubs.[4]

After battling for the NL Central title in both 2007 and 2008, the teams met at Miller Park for the Brewers' home opener. During the second game of the homestand on Saturday April 11, 2009, the Brewers had the highest attendance in Major League Baseball for the rivalry game.[5]

Year-by-Year Records

The following are records from recent years.

Season Cubs record Cubs place Brewers record Brewers place References
1997 68-94 5 78-83 3 [6]Played in separate leagues
1998 90–73 2 74–88 5 [7]
1999 67–95 6 74–87 5 [8]
2000 65–97 6 73–89 3 [9]
2001 88–74 3 68–94 4 [10]
2002 67–95 6 56–106 6 [11][12]
2003 88–74 1 68–94 6 [13][14]
2004 89–73 3 67–94 6 [15][16]
2005 79–83 4 81–81 3 [17][18]
2006 66–96 6 75–87 4 [19][20]
2007 85–77 1 83–79 2 [21][22]
2008 97–64 1 90–72 2 [23][24]
2009 83-78 2 80-82 3

Series results

Year Series Winner Brewers W Cubs W Notes
1997 Cubs 1 2 Played in separate leagues, Played at Wrigley Field
1998 Tie 6 6 Brewers are moved from the AL Central to the NL Central with the Cubs, Cubs win the Wild-Card
1999 Tie 6 6
2000 Brewers 7 6 Brewers last year at Milwaukee County Stadium
2001 Brewers 9 8 Brewers open Miller Park
2002 Brewers 10 7 Brewers host the All-Star Game
2003 Cubs 6 10 Cubs win the NL Central
2004 Cubs 7 10
2005 Brewers 9 7
2006 Tie 8 8
2007 Cubs 6 9 Cubs win the NL Central
2008 Cubs 7 9 Cubs win the NL Central, Brewers win the Wild-Card and make the playoffs for the first time since 1982
2009 Cubs 7 10
Overall Cubs (6-4-3) 89 98

References

  1. ^ "Cactus League History". http://cactusleague.com/c_history.php. 
  2. ^ "Baseball Almanac Boxscore June 15, 1998". http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199806150CHN. 
  3. ^ Adam McCalvy. "Take Back Miller Park set to launch". http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060220&content_id=1317442&vkey=news_mil&fext=.jsp&c_id=mil. Retrieved July 28, 2006. 
  4. ^ Glauber, Bill (2008-07-29). "Rivalry, conflict, chaos erupt, and that's in stands: Miller Park packed for Brewers-Cubs". Journal Sentinel. http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/29565164.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  5. ^ De Marco, Pat (2009-04-12). "Cubs and Brewers: One of Baseball's Best Rivalries". Bleacher Report. CBS Sports. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/154684-cubs-and-brewers-one-of-baseballs-best-rivals. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  6. ^ "1997 National League Standings and Head-to-Head". Sports Reference LLC. http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/1997-standings.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  7. ^ "1998 National League Standings and Head-to-Head". Sports Reference LLC. http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/1998-standings.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  8. ^ "1999 National League Standings and Head-to-Head". Sports Reference LLC. http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/1999-standings.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  9. ^ "2000 National League Standings and Head-to-Head". Sports Reference LLC. http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2000-standings.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  10. ^ "2001 National League Standings and Head-to-Head". Sports Reference LLC. http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2001-standings.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  11. ^ "MLB Standings Grid - 2002". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings/grid?season=2002. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  12. ^ "MLB Standings - 2002". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?year=2002&type=reg&br=3&column=gamesBehind&order=false&st=2. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  13. ^ "MLB Standings Grid - 2003". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings/grid?season=2003. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  14. ^ "MLB Standings - 2003". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?year=2003&type=reg&br=3&column=gamesBehind&order=false&st=2. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  15. ^ "MLB Standings Grid - 2004". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings/grid?season=2004. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  16. ^ "MLB Standings - 2004". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?year=2004&type=reg&br=3&column=gamesBehind&order=false&st=2. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  17. ^ "MLB Standings Grid - 2005". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings/grid?season=2005. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  18. ^ "MLB Standings - 2005". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?year=2005&type=reg&br=3&column=gamesBehind&order=false&st=2. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  19. ^ "MLB Standings Grid - 2006". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings/grid?season=2006. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  20. ^ "MLB Standings - 2006". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?year=2006&type=reg&br=3&column=gamesBehind&order=false&st=2. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  21. ^ "MLB Standings Grid - 2007". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings/grid?season=2007. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  22. ^ "MLB Standings - 2007". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?year=2007&type=reg&br=3&column=gamesBehind&order=false&st=2. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  23. ^ "MLB Standings Grid - 2008". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings/grid?season=2008. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  24. ^ "MLB Standings - 2008". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?year=2008&type=reg&br=3&column=gamesBehind&order=false&st=2. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
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