Game One Hundred Thirty-Seven: Cubs (88-48) vs. Brewers (60-76)
- Game Time – 12:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN-TV, ESPN – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
- Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Kyle Hendricks, RHP (13-7, 2.09/0.98/3.33) vs. Zach Davies, RHP (10-6, 4.07/1.25/3.97)
Happy Labor Day!
The Cubs begin a three-city, nine games in 10 days road trip today with the first of three in Milwaukee at Wrigley North. Even with the early start time, Miller Park figures to be filled with Cubs fans on this holiday Monday.
Kyle Hendricks takes the hill for the first time since being named the NL Pitcher of the Month for August. Hendricks had a sensational month in what has been an excellent season. Hendricks must keep the Brewers off the scoreboard today while his teammates figure out Zach Davies. The Brewers’ young right-hander has drawn comparisons to Hendricks and has had success against the Cubs in two of his three career starts.
The Cubs are 9-3 on the season against the Brewers. This is the Cubs last trip to Miller Park for the year. The Cubs and Brewers have four more games on the schedule next week at Wrigley (Sept. 15-18).
After today’s matchup of Kyle Hendricks and Zach Davies, Jason Hammel gets the ball on Tuesday night (7:05pm CDT) in a matchup with right-hander Wily Peralta. The series wraps on Wednesday night (7:10pm CDT) with Mike Montgomery on the bump against Matt Garza.
Today all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks received an extra day and will look to pick-up this afternoon where he left off against the Pirates six days ago. Hendricks stepped up when his team needed a long, effective outing and delivered seven innings of shutout ball. Hendricks gave up three hits and a walk in a Cubs 3-0 win over the Pirates.
Hendricks earned the pitcher of the month award after posting a 4-0 record in his last six starts (Cubs 4-2) with a 1.28 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. Hendricks is 6-1 in his last nine starts with a 1.34 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. And he looks to improve on his road marks today.
Kyle Hendricks is 4-6 in 12 starts outside of Wrigley this season with a 3.23 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
Today is Hendricks’ third start of the season against the Brewers. Hendricks is 0-1 in the first two with a 4.35 ERA and 0.97 WHIP (five runs, seven hits, three walks, 10 strikeouts, 10 1/3 innings). Hendricks struggled at Miller Park back on May 17. Hendricks allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. That was the last time Hendricks allowed four or more earned runs in a single start this season.
Brewers Career Numbers against Kyle Hendricks
- Scooter Gennett: 4-for-21
- Ryan Braun: 2-for-11
- Martin Maldonado: 2-for-8 with one walk
- Domingo Santiago: 0-for-8
- Chris Carter: 2-for-4 with one double and one walk
- Hernan Perez: 0-for-5
- Jonathan Villar: 0-for-4 with one walk
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-for-4 with one double
- Jake Elmore: 1-for-3
- Zach Davies: 0-for-2
The Cubs get another crack at Zach Davies this afternoon. Davies dominated the Cubs in his first two career starts. The last time out, not so much. The Cubs scored seven runs on 10 hits with a walk in four innings against him.
Davies put together two good starts against the Rockies and Cardinals since his dud at Wrigley on Aug. 18. Davies allowed three runs on seven hits (two home runs) to the Cardinals in 6 1/3 innings. The Brewers lost 6-5 to the Redbirds at Miller Park.
Davies is 2-2 in his last six starts with a 5.56 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
The Brewers gave Davies a little breather. He’s pitching on six days rest this afternoon.
At Miller Park this season, Davies is 7-4 in 16 starts with a 3.74 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. And today is his third start of the season against the Cubs.
Zach Davies is 1-1 in two starts versus the Cubs with a 6.97 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. In three career starts, Davies is 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Zach Davies
- Kris Bryant: 4-for-9 with one double and one home run
- Anthony Rizzo: 3-for-8 with three doubles
- Addison Russell: 2-for-6 with one walk
- Javier Baez: 1-for-6
- Dexter Fowler: 0-for-6
- Ben Zobrist: 1-for-5 with one walk
- Willson Contreras: 1-for-4 with one double and one walk
- Jorge Soler: 1-for-4
- Matt Szczur: 2-for-3 with one double
- Chris Coghlan: 0-for-1 with one walk
- Kyle Hendricks: 0-for-2
- Jason Heyward: 0-for-2
- Miguel Montero: 0-for-1 with one walk
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