Game One Hundred Twenty-One: Cubs (77-43) vs. Rockies (58-63)
- Game Time – 7:40pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 187, 844
- Location – Coors Field, Denver
Kyle Hendricks, RHP (11-7, 2.19/1.00/3.29) vs. Tyler Anderson, LHP (4-4, 3.42/1.21/3.57)
Weather permitting … The Cubs begin a nine-game, three-city trip against teams in the NL West with the first of three in Denver against the Rockies.
Update 7:20pm CDT – Tonight’s game will not start on time, game is being delayed by rain.
Updated 9:10pm CDT – Rockies announced an estimated start time of 9:50pm CDT.
The Cubs are 32-24 on the road this season and have a very difficult 10 days ahead of them with series against the Rockies, Padres and Dodgers.
The Cubs dropped the series against the Rockies at Wrigley in April and will look for at least payback this weekend. The Cubs actually won a series at Coors Field last season thanks to Dexter Fowler and a late-inning comeback against LaTroy Hawkins. The Cubs have struggled at Coors since it opened (36-44 since 1995) and it will be up to the pitching staff to hold the high-flying Rockies down while the offense figures out Colorado’s starting pitchers.
Kyle Hendricks is first up in the thin air of Denver and will oppose rookie southpaw Tyler Anderson. Joe Maddon should run out a right-handed lineup against Anderson. Left-handers have a .536 OPS against him this season while right-handers have a .768 OPS.
Mike Montgomery is scheduled to face right-hander Jeff Hoffman on Saturday night. The Rockies are calling up Hoffman to make his Major League debut against the Cubs. The series wraps Sunday with Jason Hammel taking on veteran left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
Winning a series at Coors Field would obviously be a good way to start the road trip.
Tonight all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks was excellent his last time out. Hendricks made only two mistakes, unfortunately both were hit out of the park. Hendricks struck out 12 and did not issue a free pass to the Cardinals in seven innings. The Cubs handed the game to the Cardinals in the eighth inning.
Hendricks is 2-0 in his last three starts with a 1.16 ERA and 0.77 WHIP, and since the break Hendricks is 4-1 in six starts with a 1.31 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. The Cubs are 7-3 the last 10 times Hendricks has started a game.
Pitching outside of Wrigley hasn’t been as kind to Hendricks this season as pitching at home. Hendricks is 3-6 in 10 road starts with a 3.43 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.
Tonight could be a very challenging start for Hendricks at Coors Field against a very dangerous Rockies’ offense. Hendricks has really struggled against the Rockies and in Denver.
Hendricks took the loss against the Rockies back on April 15 at Wrigley. Hendricks gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings. In four career starts against the Rockies, Hendricks is 1-1 with a 5.01 ERA And 1.41 WHIP. At Coors Field, Hendricks is 1-0 in two starts with a 4.38 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
Rockies Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks
- Nolan Arenado: 3-for-12 with one walk
- Carlos Gonzalez: 4-for-11 with one double, one home run and one walk
- D.J. LeMahieu: 3-for-10 with one triple
- Charlie Blackmon: 3-for-8 with two walks
- Gerardo Parra: 3-for-7
- Ben Paulsen: 2-for-5
- Ryan Raburn: 2-for-3
- Daniel Descalso: 1-for-2
- Nick Hundley: 0-for-1
The Cubs get their first look at lefty Tyler Anderson tonight. Anderson has been really good over the first 12 starts of his big league career with the exception of his last outing. Anderson is coming off a loss in Philly in which he gave up four runs on two hits in three innings. The start before, Anderson limited the Rangers to one run on two hits in seven innings at Coors Field.
Anderson is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in his last three starts. And since the break, Anderson is 3-1 in six starts with a 3.82 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
Tyler Anderson has been extremely effective at Coors Field. Anderson is 4-1 in eight starts with a 3.04 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
Prior to getting The Call, Anderson was 1-1 in three starts with Triple-A Albuquerque with a 2.12 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Anderson had 13 strikeouts with six walks in 17 innings. In six starts over three levels of the Rockies’ system, Anders was 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.74 WHIP.
The Cubs have their work cut out for them once again tonight.
No one on Joe Maddon’s active roster has faced Tyler Anderson in a regular season big league ballgame.
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