Pregame Notes: The Chicago Cubs, Hendricks look to even the series with San Diego


Hendricks looks to put rough first outing behind him

The first one is out of the way for the Chicago Cubs

Kris Bryant

. In fact,

Kyle Hendricks

can enter the game saying the same thing. After less than impressive performances for each to start the season, both will look to help the Cubs even things up with the San Diego Padres. Hendricks (0-0, 10.83) will take on

Tyson Ross

(1-0, 3.75).

The Cubs (5-4) let one get away yesterday–or had it stolen–depending how you look at it. But with Bryant’s debut and possible jitters out of the way, they hope he can be the hitter he’s shown he can be at all levels. With the loss yesterday, the Cubs have dropped three straight against San Diego (7-4) and 12 of the last 18.

Anthony Rizzo has continued to have success against his former team, batting .417 with a 1.588 OPS in the last four matchups. Starlin Castro, however, carries only a .239 career average against the Friars–his second-lowest versus any National League team.

The Padres look to Ross to keep things rolling, as he hopes to continue his success against the Cubs–which includes a 13-3 win last July in which he struck out 11 in six innings. But the club he’ll face today will be much improved from that squad, including Bryant.

Today’s game is scheduled for a 1:20 p.m. CT first pitch at Wrigley Field.

Here are the lineups for today’s game: