Kyle Hendricks looks to end skid in series opener vs Rox


Starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the struggling Chicago Cubs in the series opener against the visiting Colorado Rockies in hopes of ending their three-game losing streak.

As we all know, the worst team in baseball, aka the Philadelphia Phillies, completed the weekend sweep in yesterday’s 11-5 victory just one day after Cole Hamels no-hitter.

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Hendricks (4-5, 3.66 ERA) entered the second half with a 20 1/3  scoreless innings streak but had that snapped in two outings while visiting the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. Since then, he’s given up a combined six earned runs on 11 hits while issuing three walks and recording 14 strikeouts across 11 2/3 frames.

This will be his first start at Wrigley Field since July 5 when the Miami Marlins rolled into town. Kyle worked 7 1/3 scoreless frames during that contest, holding the Giancarlo Stanton-less Marlins to just five hits while hooking six batters as the Cubs (51-46) would go onto winning 2-0 behind a late RBI single by Chris Coghlan in the eighth.

Taking the bump for the Rockies (42-54) will be 34-year-old southpaw, Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa (6-4, 4.62 ERA), who started out the season with a 31.50 ERA, is coming off a nightmarish outing against the Texas Rangers.

Texas tagged him for six earned runs in as many innings on five hits including a big fly off the bat of Rougned Odor during the top of the second inning which put his team ahead by 5-0.

Colorado is another last place team entering Wrigley Field over the last week. They’re currently 5-5 over their previous 10 games and hold a 18-27 road record entering tonight’s opener.

Let’s hope the Cubs are able to return to their winning ways.

Here’s a look at tonight’s starting lineup’s:

First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. central time and will air live on CSN+, WBBM 780.