Game Thirty-Seven: Cubs (27-9) vs. Brewers (16-22)
- Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.03/1.00/2.46) vs. Chase Anderson (1-5, 6.11/1.64/5.96)
The Cubs return to the field tonight and begin a nine-game, three-city road trip with the first of three at Miller Park against the Brewers. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball in the opener in what could feel like a home game for the Cubs at Wrigley North.
The Cubs are 2-0 against the Brewers this season after the postponement on April 27 that pushed the middle-game of the series to Aug. 16. The Cubs were 8-2 at Miller Park last season and must keep on track against an organization that has its sights set on the future.
The Cubs have had issues against teams under .500 this season. Of the nine losses this season, Maddon’s team has lost to Braves, Reds, Padres (twice) and Diamondbacks.
After tonight’s matchup of Kyle Hendricks and Chase Anderson, John Lackey faces Jimmy Nelson on Wednesday night. The series concludes Thursday afternoon (12:40pm CDT) with Jason Hammel opposing Junior Guerra.
Tonight all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks put together a quality start his last time out against the Padres. Hendricks was in line for the win in game one of the day-night doubleheader before Pedro Strop struggled and served up a three-run homer to Brett Wallace. The Cubs lost the game 7-4 after Hendricks pitched into the seventh for just the second time this season. Hendricks was charged with three runs, two earned, on six hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
The Cubs could use a similar outing tonight from Hendricks to keep Joe Maddon from using his bullpen too much on the first night of a nine-game road trip.
Kyle Hendricks made his third road start of the season. Hendricks is 1-1 outside of Wrigley this year with a 4.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Hendricks faces the Brewers for the second time tonight.
Back on April 26 on a frigid night at Wrigley, Hendricks held the Brewers to one run on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings. Maddon went to his bench early as he saw a way for the Cubs to put runs on the board. Maddon shortened up Hendricks but it was the right call as the Cubs won the game 4-3.
For his career, Hendricks is 4-1 in seven starts versus the Brewers with a 1.49 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. At Miller Park, Hendricks is 2-0 in three starts with a 0.49 ERA and 0.76 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks
- Scooter Gennett: 3-for-18
- Ryan Braun: 1-for-8
- Jonathan Lucroy: 1-for-9
- Martin Maldonado: 2-for-8 with one walk
- Domingo Santana: 0-for-6
- Hernan Perez: 0-for-5
- Chris Carter: 1-for-1 with one walk
- Aaron Hill: 0-for-1
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-for-2 with one double
- Jonathan Villar: 0-for-2
The Cubs get their first look at Chase Anderson. The Brewers acquired Anderson in the deal with the Diamondbacks that sent Jean Segura to Arizona.
Anderson has really struggled at Miller Park this season (1-2 in three starts with a 7.43 ERA and 2.18 WHIP) but is coming off one of his better outings of the season. Anderson took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings to the Marlins.
Chase Anderson is 0-2 in his last two starts with a 7.36 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
Anderson was 6-6 in 27 starts for the Diamondbacks last season with a 4.30 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 4.14 FIP.
Chase Anderson makes his first career start against the Cubs tonight. Jason Heyward (1-for-6) and Tommy La Stella (0-for-3) are the only two players on Maddon’s active roster that have faced Anderson in a regular season big league ballgame.
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