Game Eighty-Eight: Cubs (47-40) vs. Braves (42-47)
- Game Time – 6:35pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Turner Field, Atlanta
Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.55/1.12/3.33) vs. Julio Teheran (6-4, 4.56/1.36/4.65)
Joe Maddon’s team kicks off the second half with a seven-game, six-day road trip with the first of three in Atlanta. The Cubs will spend the next three days with the Braves and the trip wraps with a day-night doubleheader in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
The Cubs enter play tonight seven games over .500 (47-40) and a game ahead of the Mets for the second NL Wild Card. The Cubs have their sights set on the division title, but have a lot of work to do. The third place Cubs are 5 ½ games behind the Pirates and eight back of the division leading Cardinals.
All eyes will be on Kyle Schwarber in his return to the big leagues. Joe Maddon will explain the plan for Schwarber moving forward in pre-game meetings. Miguel Montero will be placed on the 15-day DL and there could be more roster moves prior to tonight’s first pitch.
The Cubs see the Braves for the first time this year despite the fact the season series against both the Nationals and Mets are in the books.
The Cubs have historically struggled against Atlanta (1-5 last season) and will face an overachieving Braves team that can really pitch. And this Braves’ team includes A.J. Pierzynski, Juan Uribe and Jonny Gomes, three players that have had a lot of success against the Cubs over the years.
After tonight’s matchup of Kyle Hendricks and Julio Teheran, Jon Lester faces Manny Banuelos on Saturday night. The series is scheduled to wrap with Jake Arrieta squaring off against Shelby Miller on Sunday afternoon.
Tonight all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks will look to keep rolling tonight in Atlanta. Hendricks has been lights out since June 24 against the Dodgers. Hendricks has not allowed a run over his last three starts (22 1/3 innings total scoreless innings) and has really pitched beyond expectations.
Over his last three starts, Hendricks has blanked the Mets, Marlins and White Sox while allowing 11 hits with two walks and 14 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings (0.00 ERA, 0.64 WHIP).
Outside of Wrigley Field this season, Kyle Hendricks is 3-2 in nine starts with a 4.24 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. And Hendricks makes his first start against the Braves tonight.
Nick Markakis (0-for-2) and A.J. Pierzynski (1-for-2 with one double) are the only two players on Fredi Gonzalez’s roster that have faced Kyle Hendricks in a regular season game.
Julio Teheran has really struggled with consistency this season. Teheran is coming off back-to-back quality starts against the Phillies and Marlins but for every start he pitches shutout ball he will have one in which he gets rocked and gives up six or more runs.
After posting a 1-2 record in five starts in June with a 5.08 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, Teheran was 1-0 in the two starts leading up to the break with a 1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
At home this year, Teheran is 5-0 in eight starts with a 2.04 ERA and 0.92 WHIP and he makes his fifth career start against the Cubs tonight.
Julio Teheran is 2-0 in four starts versus the Cubs with a 3.81 ERA and 0.96 WHIP (11 runs on 20 hits with five walks and 24 strikeouts in 26 innings). Last year, Teheran faced the Cubs twice and was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 0.80 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Julio Teheran
- Starlin Castro: 1-for-11 with one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-12 with one double and one home run
- Chris Coghlan: 2-for-6 with one home run and two walks
- Dexter Fowler: 2-for-4 with two walks
- Jonathan Herrera: 0-for-2
- Travis Wood: 0-for-2
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