Game Seventy-Two: Cubs (47-24) vs. Marlins (39-34)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Marlins Park, Miami
Kyle Hendricks, RHP (5-6, 2.94/1.01/3.13) vs. Tom Koehler, RHP (6-6, 3.92/1.48/3.93)
Kyle Hendricks gets the ball tonight as the Cubs look to snap its season-long four-game losing streak. The Cubs are struggling and could be without Anthony Rizzo for the second straight day.
Joe Maddon could use for Hendricks to put together his best road start of the season. Hendricks has had very little success outside of Wrigley this season. Hendricks must keep the Marlins in the park and off the board and give his teammates a chance to gain some confidence.
Tom Koehler has a very good arm but has trouble commanding his stuff. Koehler will help the Cubs put runs on the board if they are patient enough to make him work. Early swings and misses coupled with low pitch counts early in the game will lead to another frustrating night for the young hitters.
Maddon should have a lineup loaded with lefties, which would put Chris Coghlan leading off and Ben Zobrist in the middle of the batting order. Left-handers have a .838 OPS against Koehler this season with a .291/.399/.439 slash line (16 doubles, two home runs). Koehler has limited right-handers to a .206/.300/.277 line (four doubles, two home runs) with a .577 OPS.
Tonight all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks had one of the best starts of his career last Sunday night at Wrigley Field. Hendricks had excellent fastball command and a dominating changeup. Hendricks struck out a career-high 12 batters and did not issue a walk in seven innings against the Pirates. The Cubs won the game 10-5. And Hendricks only surrendered one of the runs.
Kyle Hendricks is 2-2 in his last four starts with a 2.96 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
Hendricks has had a rough time on the road this season. In six starts outside of Wrigley, Hendricks is 1-5 with a 4.36 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Hendricks has allowed 17 runs, all earned, on 29 hits in 33 innings. Hendricks has 27 strikeouts with 14 walks. It’s the free passes that have been the issue. Hendricks doesn’t have a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio on the road, at Wrigley his strikeout to walk ratio is 9:1. Hendricks must throw strikes, stay ahead of the count and not help the Fish tonight.
Kyle Hendricks makes his third career start against the Marlins. Hendricks is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Hendricks has allowed four runs on 12 hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings. At Marlins Park, Hendricks is 0-1 in one start with a 6.00 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Marlins Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks
- Justin Bour: 0-for-6
- Adeiny Hechavarria: 2-for-6 with one double
- Marcell Ozuna: 2-for-6 with one double
- Christian Yelich: 1-for-5 with one walk
- Derek Dietrich: 1-for-3
- Cole Gillespie: 0-for-3
- Jeff Mathis: 1-for-3
- Martin Prado: 1-for-2 with one walk
- J.T. Realmuto: 1-for-3
- Giancarlo Stanton: 0-for-2
Tom Koehler is having a solid year. Koehler has a very good arm and is one of the pitchers the Cubs have shown interest in the last couple of years. Koehler will issue more than his share of walks which is always a concern. Outside of the free passes, the Marlins have to be happy with the way he’s pitched. The last time that Koehler did not notch at least a quality start was May 18.
Koehler has limited opponents to one run or less in three of his last nine starts. And he’s held teams to two runs or less in six of the nine starts.
Tom Koehler is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 2.63 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Koehler has given up seven runs on 18 hits with nine walks and 26 strikeouts in 24 innings. And in his home park this season, Koehler is 2-3 in six starts with a 3.58 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Tonight will be Koehler’s fourth career start against the Cubs. Koehler is 1-0 in four games, three starts, with a 3.63 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Koehler beat the Cubs last July 3 at Wrigley. Koehler was incredibly sharp and allowed one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings.
Cubs Career Numbers against Tom Koehler
- Jason Heyward: 6-for-19 with one triple and two walks
- Miguel Montero: 2-for-9 with one double and one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 0-for-6 with one walk
- Ben Zobrist: 2-for-7 with one home run
- Kris Bryant: 1-for-3 with one double
- Chris Coghlan: 0-for-3
- Addison Russell: 1-for-2
- David Ross: 0-for-1
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