Game Ninety-Eight – Cubs (40-57) vs. Padres (43-55)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00/1.33/4.98) vs. Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98/1.44/5.23)
The Cubs open a 10-game homestand tonight with the first of three against the Padres. The Cardinals return to Wrigley for a three-game set over the week and the home stint ends on July 31 with the last of four against the Rockies.
The Cubs look to end a five-game losing skid behind Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks is making his second big league start in his debut at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have played much better at home this season (20-22 at Wrigley Field) than on the road while the Padres have struggled outside of PETCO Park (17-29). The Cubs split the four-games with the Friars in San Diego in May.
Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada get the ball for the first two games of the series. Like Hendricks, Wada is making his second big league start and will make his Wrigley Field debut Wednesday night. After tonight’s matchup of Hendricks and lefty Eric Stults, Wada is scheduled to face Ian Kennedy with the series wrapping Thursday under the lights with Edwin Jackson taking on Tyson Ross.
The Cubs will honor the decade of the 1970s during this 10-game homestand. And Throwback Sunday, against the Cardinals, will feature the popular road jerseys from the ’78 season.
The homestand all starts with the Wrigley Field debut of Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks makes his second start in the majors tonight. Hendricks dealt with nerves and a tight strike zone in his big league debut in Cincinnati on July 10. Hendricks gave up three runs in the first inning after walking the first two batters he faced. Hendricks settled down after the first and ended up completing six innings. Hendricks allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Hendricks made only one mistake after the first and Ryan Ludwick hit it out of the park. Hendricks ended his debut on a positive note when he told Rick Renteria how he was going to strikeout pinch-hitter Jay Bruce and was left in to face him. Hendricks executed his game plan and struck out Bruce to end the frame.
Kyle Hendricks makes his first start against the Padres tonight and no one on San Diego’s active roster has faced Hendricks in a regular season game.
Eric Stults tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the Giants two starts ago and is coming off a Coors Field outing in his last game prior to the break. Stults lasted five innings and gave up three runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts to the Rockies. Stults is 1-0 in his last two appearances with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.
Like many pitchers on San Diego’s staff, Stults’ numbers look better at home than on the road. Outside of PETCO this year, Stults is 0-7 in 10 starts with a 5.44 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Stults faces the Cubs for the second time on the season tonight.
The Cubs beat Stults and the Padres in San Diego on May 22. Stults allowed five runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. For his career, Eric Stults is 1-5 in seven starts against the Cubs with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. At Wrigley Field, Stults is 0-3 in four starts with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Eric Stults
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