Kyle Hendricks on the mound for the Cubs vs Miami


Skipper Joe Maddon will send rookie right-hander Kyle Hendricks to the mound as the Chicago Cubs look to grab the series away from veteran Mat Latos and the visiting Miami Marlins.

Yesterday, another one of Joe’s young pups exploded with two long balls and six RBI in the 7-2 win on Independence Day. Kris Bryant gave these fans something to cheer about by clubbing a two-run shot and then unloading the bases on his second career grand slam in his very next at-bat.

Outfielder Dexter Fowler was also credited with an RBI when he worked a four-pitch bases loaded walk with Jarred Cosart on the mound, making it 3-0 in favor of the Cubbies.

Hendricks (3-4, 4.15 ERA) was absolutely lights out in his previous outing while visiting the New York Mets just last week. He helped set up the three-game and season sweep of the Mets by working six shutout innings while allowing only three hits with one walk and six strikeouts to pick up his third victory of the season.

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Cubs (43-36) right fielder Jorge Soler will be making his return to the lineup today after missing a month or so of action due to a sprained ankle. He’s been in a bit of a slump since homering twice against Latos’s former team, the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the year.

Latos (3-5, 5.27 ERA) has had himself a sub-par first year with the Miami Marlins (35-47) thus far. During his outing against the defending World Series Champions, the 27-year-old hurler surrendered two earned runs on six hits (one HR) and struck out four across six innings of work.

This is his first start in July as he finished June with a record of 2-1 in four starts.

First pitch has been scheduled for 1:20 p.m. central time and will air live on both CSN and WBBM 780.

Here’s a look at the starting lineup’s for both clubs:

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