Game One Hundred Fifty-Two: Cubs (89-62) vs. Brewers (63-88)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 189, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Kyle Hendricks (7-6, 4.22/1.24/3.66) vs. Zach Davies (1-2, 6.00/1.48/4.76)
The Cubs three-game series with the Brewers concludes tonight. Kyle Hendricks gets the start as the Cubs look to complete the sweep over Milwaukee in the Brewers final game of the season at Wrigley. The Cubs travel to Miller Park for the last three games of the regular season next weekend (Oct. 2-4).
Joe Maddon could use a good start from Kyle Hendricks tonight. Hendricks has struggled and the Cubs have concerns in the starting rotation beyond Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester. Hendricks has a chance to pitch his way into a bigger role in October if the Cubs make it to the post-season and into the NLDS.
Maddon should load his lineup with right-handed bats tonight. Zach Davies has made only four starts at the big league level, but lefties have hit .143/.286/.186 against him while righties have slashed .311/.380/.460 against the 22-year old right-hander.
The Cubs have a chance to do something special tonight at Wrigley Field. The Cubs enter play with 89 wins on the season. With one more victory, this team will post the sixth 90-win season since 1969. There have been five teams in the last 46 years to win 90 or more games in a single season … 1969 (92), 1984 (96), 1989 (93), 1998 (90) and 2008 (97). Between 1935 and 1969, only three teams won 90 or more games.
Tonight all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks had a rough start his last time out against the Pirates. Hendricks has really struggled with consistency this season, not only from game to game but also sometimes from inning to inning. The Pirates jumped on Hendricks early after the offense gave him three runs in the first two innings. Hendricks was gone after three innings in a game the Cubs won 9-6. Hendricks gave up four runs on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts in three innings. Hendricks served up three home runs that accounted for all four runs.
Hendricks seemingly has taken one step forward and two steps back far too often this season. Hendricks is 1-0 in his last three starts with a 4.91 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Hendricks has allowed eight runs on 13 hits with four walks and 14 strikeouts in his last 14 2/3 innings.
At Wrigley this year, Hendricks is 2-2 in 13 starts with a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Hendricks has allowed 29 runs on 65 hits with 19 walks and 69 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings.
Tonight is Hendricks’ third starts of the season against the Brewers. Hendricks is 1-0 in the first two with a 0.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP (one run, nine hits, four walks, nine strikeouts, 12 1/3 innings). For his career, Kyle Hendricks is 3-0 in four starts versus the Brewers with a 1.07 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks
- Scooter Gennett: 3-for-12
- Khris Davis: 4-for-9 with two walks
- Jean Segura: 2-for-10
- Ryan Braun: 1-for-8
- Adam Lind: 2-for-8 with one walk
- Jonathan Lucroy: 1-for-6
- Martin Maldonado: 1-for-4 with one walk
- Hernan Perez: 0-for-3
- Shane Peterson: 0-for-2
- Logan Schafer: 1-for-3
The Cubs get their first look at RHP Zach Davies tonight. The Brewers acquired Davies from the Orioles for OF Gerardo Parra. Davies makes his fifth start in the big leagues. Davies is coming off a loss but a quality start against the Reds. Davies allowed three runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in six innings.
Davies has struggled with throwing strikes in his first four starts. In 21 innings, Davies has walked 12 batters and given up 19 hits.
Baseball America ranked Zach Davies as the sixth best prospect in the Orioles system prior to the season. Davies was 5-6 in 19 games, 18 starts, for Triple-A Norfolk prior to the trade. Davies allowed 33 runs, 32 earned, on 91 hits with 33 walks and 81 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings (2.84 ERA, 1.22 WHIP).
Davies features a sinking fastball in the 86-91 mph range with a solid-average curveball. Davies changeup was labeled as a plus-pitch with excellent arm action.
No one on Joe Maddon’s active roster has faced Zach Davies in a regular season big league ballgame.
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