Game One Hundred Forty-Nine: Cubs (94-54) vs. Brewers (67-82)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: ABC-7 – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Kyle Hendricks, RHP (15-7, 2.03/0.96/3.38) vs. Wily Peralta, RHP (6-10, 5.42/1.56/5.09)
Kyle Hendricks gets the ball this afternoon in the series and season-series finale with the Brewers. The Cubs are looking to close out the year against the Brewers with a win. The Cubs have lost two of the first three games of this series to a Brewers team that is treating these four games at Wrigley as it’s postseason.
The Cubs are 11-7 versus the Brewers this season with one left to play. And a 12-8 mark against the Brewers on the year would just look so much better than the alternative.
Joe Maddon said Saturday that his regulars would be back in the starting lineup today. Based on his history against Wily Peralta it is highly unlikely Maddon would have been able to keep Anthony Rizzo out of the lineup anyway.
Miguel Montero should be behind the plate with Hendricks on the hill. Montero has excellent numbers against Peralta and has caught each of Hendricks’ last three starts.
Today all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks is coming off the best start of his big league career. Hendricks faced one over the minimum through eight innings and took a no-hitter into the ninth in St. Louis. Hendricks lost the no-no and shutout on one swing of the bat from Jeremy Hazelbaker. And Hendricks was lifted from the game after Maddon was ejected. Hendricks won for the fourth time in as many starts after allowed one run on one hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in eight-plus innings.
Hendricks is 2-0 in his last two starts with a 1.29 ERA and 0.71 WHIP. And in his last 11 starts, Hendricks is 8-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.
Hendricks takes the mound at Wrigley today for the first time since Aug. 30 (Pirates). Hendricks is 9-1 in 14 games, 13 starts with a 1.21 ERA and 0.85 WHIP (15 runs, 13 earned, 62 hits, 14 walks, 90 strikeouts, four home runs, 89 1/3 innings).
Kyle Hendricks is 1-1 in three starts against the Brewers this season with a 3.31 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Hendricks beat the Brewers for the first time on Sept. 5 and he’s 5-2 in nine career starts with a 2.01 ERA and 0.95 WHIP versus the Brewers.
Brewers Numbers against Kyle Hendricks in 2016
- Chris Carter: 3-for-6 with one double, one home run and two walks
- Jonathan Villar: 0-for-7 with one walk
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2-for-6 with one double
- Ryan Braun: 1-for-6
- Scooter Gennett: 2-for-6
- Domingo Santana: 0-for-4
- Orlando Arcia: 1-for-2 with one double
- Martin Maldonado: 0-for-2
- Yadiel Rivera: 0-for-2
Wily Peralta beat the Cubs at Miller Park in his start before last. Peralta allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. If it wasn’t for Anthony Rizzo and a pair of home run, Peralta’s line would have looked a lot different.
Peralta took the loss in Cincinnati six days ago after allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings. Peralta is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 4.61 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. And over his last seven starts, Peralta is 2-3 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.10 WHIP.
The Cubs have seen Peralta only one time this season. For his career, Peralta is 4-7 in 12 starts with a 4.15 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Wily Peralta
- Anthony Rizzo: 16-for-32 with three doubles, seven home runs and four walks
- Jason Heyward: 6-for-22 with two doubles and one walk
- Dexter Fowler: 3-for-14 with one double and two walks
- Miguel Montero: 5-for-14 with two home runs and one walk
- Chris Coghlan: 2-for-12 with two walks
- Javier Baez: 0-for-9
- Jorge Soler: 2-for-9
- Kris Bryant: 2-for-5 with one walk
- Addison Russell: 1-for-3 with one home run and two walk
- Tommy La Stella: 2-for-4 with one double
- Ben Zobrist: 2-for-4 with one double
- Kyle Hendricks: 0-for-2
- Munenori Kawasaki: 0-for-3
- David Ross: 1-for-2 with one double
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