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CHICAGO — The Brewers found themselves in familiar surroundings Monday for an unfamiliar kind of game: A regular-season Game 163 against the Cubs to decide the National League Central.

“It’s old hat for us,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s normal. … This is the game we wanted. This is the game we were trying to get into all weekend.”

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CHICAGO — The Brewers found themselves in familiar surroundings Monday for an unfamiliar kind of game: A regular-season Game 163 against the Cubs to decide the National League Central.

“It’s old hat for us,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s normal. … This is the game we wanted. This is the game we were trying to get into all weekend.”

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Some highlights of Counsell’s pregame media session:

On why he picked Jhoulys Chacin to start instead of holding him for a potential Wild Card Game:
“Jhoulys is on normal rest. Innings are important today from our starter. And he’s Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey  pitched well against this team. So a lot of good factors lined up fo Deshaun Watson Jersey r it.”

On the status of his bullpen:
“That was a big part of Sunday [when Gio Gonzalez, Junior Guerra and Jordan Lyles covered all nine innings of an 11-0 win over the Tigers], for sure. We had to work hard to get through the first two days of the weekend. There’s still challenges with today’s game, obviously, in that it’s not a Wild Card Game. There is a game tomorrow for the loser. I think you have to keep that in mind.

“We’re going into this game today in a better place than we were yesterday. We had guys off-limits yesterday, no matter what. Today, we have to be judicious with how we deploy these guys.”

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On the stakes of Monday. On one hand, it’s not the last game. On the other hand, the winner gets two days off, a spot in the NL Division Series and home-field advantage throughout the DS and NL Championship Series:
“We just have to look at both sides of the coin. We’re a team that relies on our bullpen. We’re going to do everything we can to win today’s game, and we know winning today’s game offers all those things. At the same time, you’ve got to be careful of when you commit to your best guys.”

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On why Game 163 starter Jose Quintana has given the Brewers so much trouble:
“I wish I had a better answer for our guys. He’s pitched well against us, and he deserves some credit — a lot of credit — for making a lot of pitches against us. He’s been very good with his fastball against us. … The big thing that he’s done that I think is becoming a new pitching theme is up and in to the opposite-handed hitter. He’s very good at it. When he executes that pitch, it’s a tough pitch for hitters to hit, and in our games, he’s done a good job of executing that pitch. He has the ability to go up and in, down and away with his fastball, and that’s a lot for hitters to cover.”

On what happens if one of the teams falls behind by a wide margin early:
“You have different choices, for sure. You’ve got to consider the win percentages in games like that, what the game state is. That does matter. It matters, knowing you have a game the next day. Especially at this time of year, relievers are better when they’re fresh, and they are able to get more outs when they’re fresh. So you’ll consider that, for sure.”

On Josh Hader‘s recent hiccups:
“I don’t have a perfect answer for you. Josh is better with rest. It’s important for every reliever. Someone who has thrown as many innings as he has — and more so, somebody who pitches with his style — it’s important. He was on the most dominant run he had been on all season earlier in September. We used him a little differently [last week]. Obviously, we were in ‘must-win’ trying to clinch playoff certainty. So he’s coming into today with two days off, which is a really good thing.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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