Kyle Hendricks starts final regular season home game vs Royals


Right-hander, Kyle Hendricks will be on the mound later on this evening for the Chicago Cubs and will take on the recently crowned A.L. Central Kansas City Royals in a makeup game from May 30.

The last time these two teams met, they ended up splitting a short two-game weekend series with the Royals (90-65) taking Game 1 8-4 and the Cubs (90-65) taking Sunday’s series finale by the final score of 2-1.

Since then, both clubs have clinched postseason berths. Chicago taking the second and final N.L. Wild Card spot while the Royals, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, claiming the American League Central from the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, and Chicago White Sox.

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Hendricks (7-7, 4.23 ERA) is currently 1-1 in September having allowed 11 earned runs on 17 hits including three long balls while issuing four walks and recording 22 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks, Phillies, Pirates, and Brewers.

His opponent is another young righty who has been known to have a fiery temper from time-to-time. Yordano Ventura (12-8, 4.40 ERA) picked up a no-decision in May’s series finale at Wrigley Field after holding the Cubs to one earned run on four hits as he posted a 6/1 K/BB ratio prior to exiting the game after seven frames.

Veteran catcher David Ross won that game for Chicago on a walk-off single to shortstop Alcides Escobar, pushing future N.L. Rookie of the Year winner, Kris Bryant across to score in the 11th.

Chris Coghlan tied things up at one apiece on a ball that was hit to Lorenzo Cain in center field but was thrown out at second for the third and final out of the seventh inning.

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

Now here’s a look at both team’s starting lineup’s:

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