Game Seventy: Cubs (39-30) vs. Dodgers (39-33)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, ESPN 2 – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 4.28/1.24/3.45) vs. Mike Bolsinger (4-2, 2.87/1.20/3.18)
Weather permitting … The Cubs will shoot for their fifth win in a row behind Kyle Hendricks tonight. As was the case Tuesday, the defense must be on their toes in the first inning and set the right tone early in the game. Hendricks admitted he did not have it last Friday in Minneapolis. Hendricks could obviously use a good outing against a Dodgers’ team that is in need of a win.
Joe Maddon had his team prepared for the first two games against Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. How will the Cubs respond with a lesser known name on the mound? Mike Bolsinger has been solid for Don Mattingly this year. Despite his recent outings, Bolsinger has shown he can shut down a Major League lineup. And the Cubs saw firsthand last season how good he can be.
Lefties have had a lot of success against Bolsinger this season. Left-handers have put together a .280/.359/.304 line against him and right-handers have managed only a .191/.264/.270 line. Injuries have reduced Joe Maddon’s options and it will be interesting to see how he stacks his lineup the night before a day game.
Tonight all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks did not point any fingers after his last outing. Hendricks admitted he didn’t have it against the Twins last Friday night. The Cubs poor defense, namely mistakes by Starlin Castro, Kris Bryant and Chris Coghlan, set a tone in the first inning. But he still surrendered a career-high 11 hits. Hendricks relies on a good defense and command to be successful on the mound. His last time out, Hendricks did not have either on his side.
After giving up seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits with a walk and a strikeout in five innings to the Twins, Kyle Hendricks 1-2 in his last four starts with a 5.57 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.
In five starts at Wrigley Field this year, Hendricks is 0-1 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP (11 runs on 24 hits with six walks and 32 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings).
One of Hendricks’ best starts last season came in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Hendricks limited the high-powered Dodgers’ offense to two runs, one earned, on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in seven innings (1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP). Hendricks faces the Dodgers for the second time in his career tonight.
Dodgers Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks
- A.J. Ellis: 0-for-3
- Yasmani Grandal: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Yasiel Puig: 1-for-3
- Justin Turner: 1-for-3
- Scott Van Slyke: 0-for-2
- Adrian Gonzalez: 0-for-1 with one walk
Mike Bolsinger has been serviceable for the Dodgers this season and makes his second start against the Cubs tonight. Bolsinger struggled his last time out and gave up five runs on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Bolsinger got on a run in May. Bolsinger was 3-1 in four starts with a 1.05 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Over his last four starts, Bolsinger is 1-1 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Bolsinger has walked 11 batters while giving up 23 hits in his last 22 innings.
Outside of Dodger Stadium this season, Bolsinger is 0-1 in four starts with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.
Mike Bolsinger shut the Cubs down last April 24 at Wrigley Field while part of the Diamondbacks’ staff. Bolsinger allowed one run, unearned, on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings (0.00 ERA, 0.90 WHIP).
Cubs Career Numbers against Mike Bolsinger
- Starlin Castro: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Chris Denorfia: 0-for-3
- Anthony Rizzo: 0-for-3
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