Game One Hundred Four: Cubs (62-41) vs. Mariners (52-50)
- Game Time – 7:08pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: ESPN – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 187, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Brian Matusz, LHP (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) vs. Felix Hernandez, RHP (5-4, 3.45/1.30/4.54)
The Cubs and Mariners conclude the three-game series tonight under the primetime lights. The Cubs have a chance to win another series after taking the opener on Friday and dropping the middle game on Saturday afternoon.
The Cubs made a decision and will insert Brian Matusz into the rotation tonight and push Kyle Hendricks back to Monday against the Marlins.
The Cubs are looking at six-man rotation for at least one-full turn through the rotation. The Cubs are expected to detail the plan for the rotation before Sunday night’s game.
Brian Matusz is making his first start in the big leagues since July 1, 2012. Joe Maddon will look to get at least five from Matusz tonight and then play matchups the rest of the game.
The Cubs are asking a lot from Matusz in his debut tonight. While Felix Hernandez hasn’t been ‘King Felix’ very often this season, especially of late, his new teammates will need Matusz to keep the M’s off the board so the offense has a chance to figure out Felix Hernandez.
Joe Maddon is using just his seventh different pitcher to start a game to start a game this season.
Tonight all starts with Brian Matusz …
Brian Matusz appeared in seven games, all in relief, this season for the Orioles before he was traded to the Braves on May 23 and released by Atlanta on June 1.
Matusz was did not have a decision and allowed eight runs on 11 hits with seven walks and a strikeouts in six innings (12.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 12.80 FIP). Matusz was 1-4 in 58 games a year ago with a 2.94 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 3.58 FIP.
Matusz signed with the Cubs on a minor league deal on June 14.
Matusz last appeared on a big league mound on May 17 against the Mariners. Matusz completed 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits with a walk and no strikeouts. Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz both hit two-run homers off of Matusz.
Brian Matusz is making his first start in the majors since July 1, 2012. As ESPN Chicago pointed out, Matusz has made 211 relief appearances since his last big league start.
As a starter, Matusz is 21-33 in 68 starts over his career with a 5.51 ERA and 1.55 WHIP.
Matusz makes his third career appearance, first start, at Wrigley tonight. Matusz has not allowed a run or a hit in two innings (0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP).
For his career, Matusz has made 13 appearances with one start against the Mariners. Matusz does not have a decision and has allowed seven runs on 21 hits with seven walks and 22 strikeouts (3.20 ERA, 1.42 WHIP).
Mariners Career Numbers against Brian Matusz
- Robinson Cano: 12-for-38 with two doubles, two home runs and four walks
- Nelson Cruz: 7-for-12 with three doubles, two home runs and one walk
- Kyle Seager: 4-for-11 with one double and one home run
- Adam Lind: 1-for-6 with one walk
- Seth Smith: 1-for-6
- Franklin Gutierrez: 0-for-4
- Chris Iannetta: 0-for-3 with one walk
- Leonys Martin: 1-for-3
- Nori Aoki: 0-for-1
- Mike Zunino: 0-for-1
Felix Hernandez makes just his third start since coming off the DL. Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf on June 1 and missed more than six weeks.
Hernandez picked up the win his last time out against the Pirates after allowing four runs on nine hits (two home runs) in six innings. Hernandez walked one and struck out three at PNC Park.
After posting a 2-2 record in five starts in May with a 4.45 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, Hernandez is 1-0 in his last two starts with a 6.39 ERA and 1.74 WHIP. Hernandez has allowed nine runs on 19 hits with three walks and five strikeouts in his last 12 2/3 innings.
On the road this season, Hernandez is 302 in six starts with a 3.44 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. And he makes his second career start against the Cubs tonight. Hernandez received a no-decision back on June 24, 2010 at Safeco Park after allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
Cubs Career Numbers against Felix Hernandez
- Ben Zobrist: 5-for-37 with six walks
- Dexter Fowler: 4-for-14
- Jason Heyward: 2-for-6 with one walk
- Chris Coghlan: 0-for-5
- David Ross: 0-for-4
- Miguel Montero: 1-for-3
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