Game Thirty: Cubs (15-14) vs. Brewers (10-21)
- Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN-TV Ch. 9 – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 5.61/1.29/4.17) vs. Matt Garza (2-4, 4.58/1.50/5.45)
Happy Mother’s Day!
The Cubs wraps up the seven-game, two-city road trip with the series finale in Milwaukee this afternoon in need of a win to stay above .500. It’s not been the best week for the Cubs (2-4) but a 3-4 trip sounds a lot better than a 2-5 record in seven games.
Joe Maddon turns to Kyle Hendricks today to limit the Brewers while the offense looks to rattle Matt Garza and put runs on the board. Maddon could use a long, effective outing from Hendricks in his first start in Miller Park. But with the way the bullpen is beat up, if it gets ugly early and Hendricks has not reached his pitch limit he might have to take one for the team. The Cubs do not have a long man in the pen capable of getting outs and eating innings.
Dexter Fowler should square around as soon as he steps in the batter’s box. The Cubs cannot allow Matt Garza to get comfortable. Bunt early, bunt often and get in Garza’s head. If the Cubs can take Garza out of his game early the chance of leaving Milwaukee with a win will increase significantly.
Today all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
This is an important start for Kyle Hendricks. While Joe Maddon and Jed Hoyer have publicly stated their support of Hendricks, one has to wonder how long the Cubs will keep running him out if he does not pitch better than he has. With the exception of a five-inning stretch against the Padres on April 18, Hendricks has not looked good since Spring Training. Hendricks has struggled with his command and pitched from behind in the count for a majority of his outings. Hendricks has to locate and throw quality strikes in order to be successful in the big leagues, and he really hasn’t done either all season.
Hendricks lasted just five innings in his last outing. The Cardinals scored four runs on six hits with two walks. Hendricks actually hit more batters (2) than he struck out (1).
Today is Hendricks fourth road start of the season. Hendricks does not have a record in his first three starts but he has allowed 12 runs on 19 hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings (7.36 ERA, 1.50 WHIP).
Kyle Hendricks was a perfect 2-0 in two starts versus the Brewers last season with a 1.38 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Today is his first appearance at Miller Park.
Brewers Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks
- Khris Davis: 3-for-5 with one walk
- Scooter Gennett: 1-for-6
- Aramis Ramirez: 1-for-6
- Jean Segura: 2-for-5
- Carlos Gomez: 1-for-3
- Gerardo Parra: 2-for-4
- Ryan Braun: 0-for-3
- Adam Lind: 1-for-3
- Matt Garza: 0-for-1
It’s likely Matt Garza has had today circled on his calendar for a while. Based on his public comments, Garza did not care much for his time with the Cubs. And despite the current front office trading him to a contender, he feels he has something to prove when he faces the Cubs.
Garza is coming off a quality start, but a loss to the Dodgers. Garza gave up three runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Each of Garza’s last three outings has been quality starts. Garza has surrendered three earned runs or less while completing at least six innings.
In three starts at Miller Park this year, Garza is 0-3 with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. And he faces the Cubs for the fourth time in his career today.
Matt Garza is 1-2 in three starts versus the Cubs with a 5.82 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. All three starts came last season in his first with the Brewers.
Cubs Career Numbers against Matt Garza
- Miguel Montero: 7-for-17 with one double and one walk
- Chris Coghlan: 5-for-9 with three doubles and one triple
- Jonathan Herrera: 2-for-6 with one walk
- Welington Castillo: 2-for-8 with two doubles
- Starlin Castro: 2-for-6 with one double
- Dexter Fowler: 1-for-5 with one double and one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-6
- Kyle Hendricks: 0-for-2
- Jorge Soler: 1-for-2 with one double
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