Having fallen back into a first-place tie with St. Louis thanks to a 1-5 start to their current road trip, the Brewers will look to end the trip on a positive note with a three-game set at Wrigley Field starting Monday.
Milwaukee, which has held at least a share of first place in the National League Central since April 5, will send Jimmy Nelson to the mound to try to snap a five-game losing streak. He's lasted fewer than six innings in two straight starts, both losses.
In his last start against San Diego, he fell victim to a four-run inning from the Padres. Two of the runs were unearned due to a Jean Segura error, but Nelson shouldered the blame afterwards.
"I have the ability to get out of the jam in that inning that kind of blew up on us," Nelson said. "If I execute a few pitches there, we're out of that jam with minimal damage. That's the job as a starter, minimize damage. I have to do a better job of that next time."
Though the Cubs are out of the division race and sit in last place, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke warned against overlooking the team.
"They always forget about the Cubs -- the Cubs are beating up on everybody," Roenicke said. "They're good. They're bringing up some talent that is fantastic, and they've still got some good starters there. With everybody playing so close together, it's hard to pull away and win a bunch of games in a row. Everything has to go right. It went right for us early, and hopefully it will go right here in a bit and we'll make a nice run."
The Cubs, who are coming off a weekend split with the Cardinals, have been generating more offense lately. Part of the reason for that is those new faces that Roenicke mentioned, namely Javier Baez and Jorge Soler.
Soler is 8-for-15 with three home runs in four games since being called up last week, and he'll make his Wrigley Field debut Monday. The outfielder said through a translator that he's "so excited" to play in front of the home crowd and attributed his fast start to a number of adjustments he made in the Minor Leagues this year.
"In the beginning, it was hard to make an adjustment and make the transition from playing in Cuba, coming to the States," Soler said. "Now I feel I'm making the adjustments, and I have confidence."
On the mound, the Cubs will get another look at Jacob Turner, who lasted only 3 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits in his first Cubs start last week against the Reds. The former Marlin had not started a game since Aug. 3.
"I would've liked to have gotten a little deeper in the game," said Turner, who was on a pitch limit. "That part is definitely frustrating. At the same time, you've got to build the pitch count up, too."
Cubs: Rizzo hopeful for Monday return
The Cubs hope first baseman Anthony Rizzo can return to the lineup Monday after missing five days because of tightness in his lower back.
Rizzo has not played since he was pulled from last Tuesday's game in Cincinnati when his back tightened up during a rain delay.
"He's still day to day," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday. "He came in [Saturday] and wanted to play. We have to make sure we're prudent and playing this smart. We'll give him another day and when we get back, we'll see how he's doing."
Brewers: Broxton to join team at Wrigley
The Brewers will get some bullpen reinforcement Monday when new acquisition Jonathan Broxton joins the team in Chicago.
In acquiring Broxton from the Reds on Sunday for two players to be named, the Brewers filled a need for a tested right-hander to help set up Francisco Rodriguez, a role that has bounced between a number of different players since Rodriguez was installed as the closer on Opening Day.
Because Broxton was in the organization before the end of August, he will be eligible for the postseason roster should the Brewers get that far.
"I like the pieces we have in our bullpen but [in Broxton] we're talking about a guy that's a pretty special guy," Roenicke said. "He's got great stuff, he competes well, he's a good teammate and I think it puts another piece there where I can pitch guys exactly how I want to."
• The Brewers announced over the weekend that Matt Garza will return to the rotation Wednesday for a start against his former team. Garza, who has been sidelined with a left oblique strain, has not pitched since Aug. 3.
Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.