Game Forty: Cubs (22-17) vs. Padres (20-21)
- Game Time – 8:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus, MLB Network – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 89, 844
- Location – PETCO Park, San Diego
Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 5.15/1.34/3.89) vs. Odrisamer Despaigne (2-2, 6.75/1.40/5.31)
Joe Maddon hands the ball tonight to Kyle Hendricks looking for a series win over the Padres. The Cubs and Friars have split the first two games and with a victory tonight, the Cubs will earn a season-series split with San Diego. Tonight is the last regular season game between the two teams.
Joe Maddon should run out a right-handed heavy lineup tonight. And based on the splits, it may be a good time to get Junior Lake a start in left field. Right handed hitters are batting .314/.385/.526 against Odrisamer Despaigne while lefties have managed only a .213/.275/.275 line against him this year.
The Padres figure to make a lot of contact tonight with Kyle Hendricks on the hill. The Cubs defense must stay on their toes behind Hendricks and not give another game to the Padres.
Kyle Hendricks is looking to bounce back from his last start tonight in San Diego. Hendricks was very good against the Pirates for five innings before Pittsburgh lit him up in the sixth inning and scored four runs. Hendricks could not record the third out in the inning. And what should have been an easy victory for the Cubs turned into a wild, 12-inning game at Wrigley with the Cubs walking off with a win thanks to an unbelievable finish.
Kyle Hendricks tossed 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball in Milwaukee the start before and he could really use a similar performance tonight. Hendricks has no record in his last three starts but he has allowed nine runs on 19 hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts in 16 innings (5.06 ERA, 1.50 WHIP). Hendricks does not have a decision in four road starts this season. Outside of Wrigley, he has allowed 12 runs on 24 hits with five walks and nine strikeouts in 20 innings (5.40 ERA, 1.45 WHIP). Hendricks makes his third career start against the Padres tonight.
Kyle Hendricks is 1-0 in two starts versus the Friars with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP (two runs on eight hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts in 13 innings). Hendricks received a no decision on April 18 at Wrigley after he allowed two runs on three hits with no walks and a season-high eight strikeouts in a season-high six innings. Last year in San Diego, Hendricks tossed seven innings of shutout ball and scattered five hits.
Padres Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks
- Matt Kemp: 1-for-6 with one home run
- Alexi Amarista: 1-for-5
- Will Venable: 1-for-3
- Jedd Gyorko: 0-for-2
- Will Middlebrooks: 0-for-2
- Justin Upton: 0-for-2
The Cubs get their first look at Odrisamer Despaigne. The Padres swingman is coming off back-to-back rough outings against the Nationals and Diamondbacks. Arizona scored eight runs on 10 hits against Despaigne in five innings and Washington scored seven times on 10 hits in three innings.
Odrisamer Despaigne is 0-2 in his last two starts with a 16.88 ERA and a 2.88 WHIP. The D-Backs and Nats hit .476 against home. Despaigne is 1-1 in five games, two starts, at PETCO this year with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
The Cubs must make Despaigne work. He has the stuff to make it very difficult on big league teams, just ask the Giants (2-0 in four games, three starts, with a 0.36 ERA and a 0.53 WHIP).
Miguel Montero (3-for-10 with one home run and two walks) is the only player on the Cubs’ active roster that has faced Odrisamer Despaigne in a regular season game.
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