Game One Hundred Sixty-One: Cubs (95-65) vs. Brewers (68-92)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 187, 844
- Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Kyle Hendricks (7-7, 4.09/1.20/3.46) vs. Tyler Wagner (0-1, 11.74/2.61/6.27)
It’s the penultimate game of the regular season for the Cubs. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball tonight at Wrigley Field North as the Cubs look to win for the second day in a row in Milwaukee while hoping for help from the Reds at PNC Park. The Cubs have a chance to host Wednesday’s Wild Card Game. It will take two wins against the Brewers and for the Reds to wake up and beat the Pirates the next two days. Brandon Finnegan takes on A.J. Burnett tonight (6:05pm CDT) at PNC.
Kyle Hendricks is shooting to build on his last outing in his final start of the regular season. Joe Maddon would like to get five to six innings from Hendricks before going to his bullpen. If the game goes according to Maddon’s plan, Justin Grimm, Fernando Rodney, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon will follow Hendricks tonight.
Joe Maddon is starting to tip his hand on how the Wild Card roster and starting lineup will be constructed. It will be interesting to see his starting eight behind Hendricks. Will Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber flank Dexter Fowler again in the outfield? Or will Jorge Soler get a start in right field? Will Javier Baez or Tommy La Stella start at third base? And will Matt Szczur or Jonathan Herrera see any playing time over the next two days to shake off the rust?
Tonight all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
If the Cubs are able to beat the Pirates in the Wild Card Game, Kyle Hendricks could be the leading candidate to be the third starter in the NLDS. Hendricks is coming off one of his best outings of the second half. Hendricks kept the Royals off the board for six innings while allowing two hits, two walks and he tied a career-high with nine strikeouts.
Hendricks is 1-1 in his last five starts with a 3.71 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. And Hendricks has recorded three quality starts in four outings.
Outside of Wrigley this year, Hendricks is 5-4 in 16 starts with a 4.77 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. And he makes his fourth start of the season against the Brewers tonight.
In three games, Hendricks is 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Against the Brewers, Kyle Hendricks has allowed four runs on 13 hits with four walks and 17 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.
Brewers Numbers against Kyle Hendricks in 2015
- Scooter Gennett: 2-for-9
- Adam Lind: 2-for-8 with one double and one walk
- Khris Davis: 2-for-7 with one walk
- Martin Maldonado: 1-for-6 with one walk
- Jean Segura: 1-for-7
- Elian Herrera: 1-for-2 with one walk
- Hernan Perez: 0-for-3
- Shane Peterson: 0-for-2
- Logan Schafer: 0-for-3
- Domingo Santana: 0-for-2
- Luis Sardinas: 1-for-2
Tyler Wagner makes his third start in the majors tonight. The Diamondbacks roughed up Wagner in his debut back on May 31. Wagner allowed five runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Wagner’s last start was in St. Louis on Sept. 26. Wagner was touched up for five runs on six hits with four walks and no strikeouts in four innings.
The 24-year old right hander was 11-5 in 25 starts for Double-A Biloxi with a 2.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Wagner allowed 45 runs, 38 earned, on 130 hits with 45 walks and 120 strikeouts in 152 2/3 innings.
Tyler Wagner’s performance in two starts in the majors does not match his stuff. Wagner is a sinker baller and induces groundout after groundout. His fastball sits in the low to mid-90s. Wagner can reach back and hit the high-90s when needed. Wagner also features a sharp-breaking slider that sits in the 84-86 mph range and can really shut down right handed bats with it. He has also shown an effective changeup against lefties.
As is the case with most rookies, the Cubs must be patient with him early and not allow him to settle in and gain any confidence. The Cubs have zero history with him. Tyler Wagner did not pitch in the PCL, he was promoted from Double-A.
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