After another great pitching performance on Sunday, the Cubs completed the rare four game sweep, sending the Brewers packing with a 2-0 shutout. This was the third shutout of the series for a Cubs pitching staff that has been lights out of late. The Cubs are 8-2 over their last 10 games and the starting rotation has been a big reason why. During the weekend series against Milwaukee, the offense couldn’t muster more than 3 runs in any single game but those three runs were enough; Hendricks, Darvish, Quintana, and Chatwood proved to be too much for the Brewers to handle.
This wasn’t the first time that the Cubs have handled the Brewers this year. During a four-game series in Milwaukee from April 5th through April 8th, the Cubs came out victorious in three of the four games, including a 3-0 shutout in the final game. Currently, in 2018, the Cubs sit at 7-1 against their rivals from the north which begs the question: Is it really a rivalry if only one team is winning? Make no mistake about it, the Brewers have tried to play up their rivalry with the northsiders from Chicago. They made a concerted effort during the offseason to prevent Cubs fans from Chicago from purchasing tickets to Miller Park for games when the Cubs were there. Those efforts were as futile as their players’ efforts on the field as Cubs fans drowned out Brewers fans during that early April series.
The Brewers continue to tout the unrequited rivalry even though the Cubs already have two main rivals—the Cardinals and the White Sox. Regardless, Cubs fans will indulge the Brew Crew as long as they keep beating that team from Milwaukee.