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.