Pregame Notes: Chicago Cubs look to even the series with Colorado Rockies


Cubs look to solve issues with RISP in game two

The Chicago Cubs will turn to

Jason Hammel

(0-0, 0.00) to get even in the series with the Colorado Rockies. He has experience pitching at Coors Field, after spending 2009-11 with the Rockies. He posted a 27-29 with a 4.73 ERA overall in his time–with a 13-14 record and a 5.05 ERA at Coors. The Rockies will turn to

Kyle Kendrick

(1-0, 0.00) to help them to their first 5-0 start in their history.

The Cubs (1-2) will look for Hammel to continue the effort he had in the spring, while the offense can shake the rust off the bats and start getting some hits with runners in scoring position. After another dreadful effort with RISP (1-for-9), they hope to turn the tables on Kendrick in game two of the series.

The Rockies (4-0) are on the verge of the best start in their history, and hope Kendrick, who signed in December after spending his career with the Phillies–can get them there with his second win of the season. He allowed seven hits in seven innings against the Brewers, but allowed no runs while walking zero and striking out six.

Hammel will need to be careful with Justin Morneau, who has gone 5-for-11 against the righty, with five doubles and four walks. He also homered on Friday against the Cubs.

The game is slated for a 7:10 p.m CT first pitch at Coors Field.

Here are the lineups for today’s matchup:

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