MILWAUKEE — Major League Baseball knew what it was doing when it scheduled six games between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs during the final month of the regular season.The teams will meet for the first of those games on Monday afternoon at Miller Park , where the Brewers will try to close a five-game gap on the National League Central leaders while also trying to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals in a tight NL wild-card race.Both sides come into this critical three-game series on high notes: The Brewers have won four straight series since splitting two games at Wrigley Field last month and the Cubs have won 12 of their last 17.Article continues below ...Zach Davies gets the ball for Milwaukee in the series opener. It will be Davies’ first start since May 29, when a shoulder injury landed him on this disabled list for the second time this season.His rehab process was stunted along the way by back issues, but after throwing a complete-game shutout last week for Class A Wisconsin, the Brewers brought the right-hander back to face a team he has held to three runs in 11 2/3 innings this season.Davies was looking to build on a strong finish to the 2017 season but has been limited to eight starts in 2018, going 2-5 with a 4.23 ERA. “I’m actually glad we’re putting him in that spot,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Sunday. “It’s added motivation for him. He’s very familiar with this setting and this team. There are no surprises here.”Davies has a track record of success against the Cubs, posting a 3.64 ERA in 12 career starts.”“I think with a good series here, it could change the make-up of this division a little bit,” Davies said. “I don’t think any game is bigger than just the next day’s game, but it definitely could change some things.”Monday will mark the Brewers’ first look at Cole Hamels since he joined the Cubs in a deal with Texas ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.The change of scenery salvaged the veteran left-hander’s season. He was 5-9 with a 4.72 in 20 starts for Texas this year Shane Greene Jersey , but since the trade he is 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA, allowing just three earned runs in 39 innings spanning four starts.“I love the fact that he was able to complete that game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That absolutely benefits him down the road.”Maddon is known to have a quick hook, so when the Cincinnati Reds loaded the bases in the ninth inning in an Aug. 23 game, the fact that he left Hamels in the game is a good indication of how well he still was pitching. There was no drop in velocity, which is usually a precursor to getting pulled.Maddon’s faith in Hamels was rewarded when Tucker Barnhart bounced into a game-ending double play.The win improved Hamels’ record to 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA for the Cubs after compiling a 4.72 ERA with the Rangers before the July 27 trade.“To be a major league pitcher, you’re going to have some tough times,” Hamels told earlier this month. “You can’t give in. You have to fight. That’s what it’s all about. They’re not going to give in. Neither should you.”He’ll be pitching on an extra day of rest after Maddon gave Alec Mills a spot start to allow his rotation to have an extra day of rest during a stretch of 20 games without days off. That meant Hamels would miss a chance to face his former team, the Philadelphia Phillies, and current ace Aaron Nola.“For me Sparky Anderson Jersey , ultimately, I just want to go out and pitch and win,” Hamels said. “However, they’re going to slot me is not my decision. For us right now, we have a lot of games with no days off, and all of us are pitching really well. So it’s not fair to any individual to kind of move me around for this sort of situation.”Hamels has had his fair share of success against Milwaukee. In 14 career starts — most of them while pitching for the Phillies — Hamels is 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA. Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and a candidate to finish high in the voting this year, will make his final regular-season start on Saturday night against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.Kluber (20-7, 2.83) is a 20-game winner for the first time, the first Indians right-hander to win 20 games since Gaylord Perry went 21-13 in 1974. The only other Indians pitcher to win 20 games in the last 44 years is Cliff Lee , who was 22-3 in his Cy Young Award-winning season in 2008.Kluber will be the Indians’ starting pitcher in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, which will be played Friday in Houston. In his last start, on Sept. 24 against the White Sox, he pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up four hits, with 11 strikeouts and one walk in picking up his 20th win of the season.Article continues below ...“Twenty wins is cool. It’s a nice, round number, but as long as we win the game, that’s obviously our main goal,” Kluber said. “Winning 20 is something to be proud of, but the way I look at it Michael Fulmer Jersey , it means I gave us a chance to win a bunch of times. I think the number one thing it shows is that I stayed healthy and I was consistent.”Indians manager Terry Francona said watching Kluber get his 20th win was one of the highlights of the Indians’ season.“I think me and the players were all nervous for him. Probably more than he was for himself,” Francona said.Kluber is 8-1 with a 2.74 ERA in his last 11 starts. His last start against Kansas City came Sept. 5, a 3-1 victory in which he pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run and two hits, with 10 strikeouts and one walk.Kluber leads the AL in innings pitched (210) and walks per nine innings (1.37). He’s second in wins, second in strikeouts per walk (6.75) and third in WHIP (0.971).In four starts against the Royals this year, Kluber is 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA. In 24 career starts against Kansas City he is 12-7 with a 3.02 ERA.The Royals’ Saturday night starter will be right-hander Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.42), who will be making his team-high 30th start of the year. Junis received a no-decision in his last start, which came in a 5-4 Royals loss to Detroit. Junis pitched six innings Leonys Martin Jersey , giving up three runs and eight hits, with five strikeouts and one walk.Junis’ last start against the Indians was a 5-1 win on Sept. 3 in which he pitched seven scoreless innings giving up two hits, with six strikeouts and no walks. In three starts against Cleveland this year he is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA. Junis has made five career appearances (four starts) against the Indians and is 1-2 with a 5.88 ERA.The Indians, who routed the Royals 14-6 on Friday night for their 90th win of the season, are still just 13-13 in September. Kansas City is 14-12 in September. Cleveland leads the season series between the two teams, 11-6.