Pregame Notes: Chicago Cubs look for series win in rubber match against Colorado Rockies


The Chicago Cubs ended the Colorado Rockies bid for an undefeated season on Saturday, and now will look to win just their second series at Coors Field in 12 years. They’ll look for Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 0.00) to help get it done against the Rockies Jordan Lyles (1-0, 3.00).

The Cubs (2-2) look to jump above .500 for the first time this season, and Hendricks isn’t likely to be intimidated by hitter-friendly Coors Field. Last season, he held the Rockies to one run over eight innings. If the Cubs can get the offensive production that they did on Saturday night–they should be on their way to their third win of the year.

For some of the criticism Starlin Castro gets for his play in the field, it’s hard to knock him at the plate. Afte a key RBI in their win against the Cardinals, Castro knocked in two while going 3-for-5 in Saturday’s win.

The Cubs will be without Mike Olt, who took a pitch off the hand in yesterday’s contest. But the hand is not broken, and while not starting he’s believed to be available today.

The Rockies (4-1) will look for Lyles to continue his winning trend at Coors, as he tries to improve on his 5-1 record at home. Carlos Gonzales has torched Cubs’ pitching in his career, with a .351 average (40-for-114), including nine home runs and 20 RBI.

For the Cubs, Miguel Montero has had some success against Lyles going 7-for-14 with two doubles.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT at Coors Field

Here are the lineups for tonight’s action: