Game Four: Cubs (1-2) vs. Rockies (4-0)
- Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Coors Field, Denver
Jason Hammel (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) vs. Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 0.00/1.00/1.58)
It’s a new day and the Cubs will shoot to put Friday behind them and runs on the board tonight behind Jason Hammel.
Jason Hammel makes his first start since April 1, the Cactus League finale against the Brewers at Sloan Park. Hammel had a strong finish to Spring Training after a not-so-good beginning. And the Rockies were one of the teams that squared up Hammel rather well in the Cactus League before he got on track. Hammel faces the Rockies in a regular season game for the first time tonight. Hammel pitched in Colorado from 2009 through 2011.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer kept their promise to Hammel and re-signed him in the off-season after trading him and Jeff Samardzija to Oakland for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and cash.
Jason Hammel’s last start in a Cubs’ uniform was rather memorable. Hammel pitched six innings of three-run, seven-hit ball at Nationals Park, was not happy about being pulled early and was traded within hours of the Cubs beating the Nationals.
Tonight all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel takes the hill against one of his former teams, and one that hit him rather hard in Spring Training. The Cubs are banking on Hammel being closer to the pitcher he was last year before he was dealt to the Athletics.
Hammel was 8-5 in 17 starts with the Cubs last season. Hammel gave up 88 hits with 23 walks and 104 strikeouts in 108 2/3 innings. Outside of his home park last season, Hammel was a combined 4-9 in 17 starts between the Cubs and A’s with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Jason Hammel faces the Rockies for the first time tonight. Hammel wore a Colorado uniform from 2009-11 and owns a 13-14 mark in 49 games, 45 starts, at Coors Field with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.
Rockies Career Numbers against Jason Hammel
- Drew Stubbs: 5-for-17 with two doubles and two home runs
- Nick Hundley: 7-for-15 with three doubles, one home run and one walk
- Justin Morneau: 5-for-11 with five doubles and four walks
- Carlos Gonzalez: 0-for-1 with one walk
Kyle Kendrick was lights out for the Rockies on Opening Day. The former Phillie tossed seven innings of shutout ball in Milwaukee. Kendrick allowed seven hits, but did not walk a batter while striking out six. Kendrick makes his Coors Field debut in a Rockies uniform tonight.
Kendrick never pitched to expectations with the Phillies and is often overlooked for the solid seasons he put together for a team that finished at the top of the division and the National League. Kendrick was 10-13 in 32 starts in Philadelphia last year with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
Tonight is the sixth start and seventh career appearance for Kendrick against the Cubs. Kendrick is 1-2 in the first six with a 3.86 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.
Joe Maddon should run out a balanced lineup tonight. Right handers (.272/.316/.379) have had just as much success against Kendrick over the course of his career as lefties (.284/.349/.418).
Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Kendrick
- Chris Coghlan: 6-for-16 with one double and two walks
- Miguel Montero: 6-for-13 with one double, one home run and one walk
- Starlin Castro: 1-for-12
- Dexter Fowler: 3-for-10 with two doubles and two walks
- Jonathan Herrera: 0-for-10
- Tommy La Stella: 1-for-9 with one double
- David Ross: 1-for-8 with one walk
- Welington Castillo: 3-for-8 with one double
- Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-5 with one double, one home run and one walk
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