Game Sixty: Cubs (32-27) vs. Reds (28-32)
- Game Time – 6:15pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: FOX – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 89, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.96/1.18/3.50) vs. Mike Leake (3-4, 4.29/1.28/4.79)
Weather permitting … The Cubs look to get back on track tonight behind Kyle Hendricks. With the bullpen being overworked of late, it would really help if Hendricks could give his skipper seven to eight innings. And for Hendricks to go that deep in the game, the defense will have to play mistake-free ball.
With the difference in the lefty-righty splits for Mike Leake, will Joe Maddon give Jonathan Herrera or Mike Baxter a start tonight? Lefties are batting .267/.311/.440 against Leake while righties have put together a .238/.301/.321 line against him this season. Maddon has been mixing and matching more with his offense not producing on a daily basis.
Tonight all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks had a short, but effective outing in Washington. Hendricks made one mistake in the second inning after an error by Starlin Castro gave the Nationals a free runner. But Hendricks likely put together his best sequence of the season in the fifth inning. After the Nationals cut the Cubs lead to one run and with two on and one out, Hendricks retired Bryce Harper on a pop out to center and Anthony Rendon fouled out to first base to end the inning. Hendricks got out of the jam by retiring two of the top hitters in the NL, the Cubs tacked on in the next half inning and went on to beat the Nationals.
Kyle Hendricks could really use a long, effective game tonight in his first start of the season against the Reds. Hendricks is 1-1 in his last two outings with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. And he is making his fifth start at Wrigley, where he is 0-1 in four starts with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP this year.
Kyle Hendricks made his big league debut in Cincinnati last season and is 1-0 in two career starts versus the Reds with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
Reds Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks
- Tucker Barnhart: 2-for-5 with one walk
- Kris Negron: 1-for-3
- Brayan Pena: 1-for-4 with one double
- Todd Frazier: 0-for-3
- Skip Schumaker: 0-for-2
- Jay Bruce: 0-for-1
Mike Leake is having a good year for the Reds. Leake is a prototypical backend of the rotation starter that has performed like a No. 3 on a contending staff for several years. Leake will have a couple of rough stretches every year that skews his stats and keeps him for being recognized as very good big league pitcher.
Leake is coming off a good outing against the Phillies. Leake has not faced a team without a Philadelphia home address since May 27. In back-to-back outings with the Phillies, Leake was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
Outside of Great American this season, Mike Leake has been very, very good for Bryan Price this year. Leake is 2-2 in six road starts with a 2.72 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.
The Cubs get their third shot of the season at Mike Leake tonight. Leake has two no decisions after allowing seven runs on 11 hits with two walks and 13 strikeouts in 14 innings (4.50 ERA, 0.93 WHIP). The Cubs have won both games Leake started.
For his career, Mike Leake is 8-2 in 17 starts against the Cubs with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Leake is 3-2 in nine career starts at Wrigley with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Mike Leake
- Starlin Castro: 14-for-49 with three doubles, one triple and three walks
- Anthony Rizzo: 10-for-25 with two doubles, two home runs and three walks
- Mike Baxter: 4-for-11 with one double
- Chris Coghlan: 9-for-11 with three doubles and two home runs
- Dexter Fowler: 3-for-11 with one double
- Miguel Montero: 1-for-9
- Jonathan Herrera: 1-for-5
- David Ross: 0-for-5 with one walk
- Travis Wood: 0-for-2 with two walks
- Junior Lake: 1-for-4 with one double
- Kris Bryant: 1-for-3
- Addison Russell: 0-for-2
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