One more note from Sunday's game:
Another fun fact about Kyle Hendricks' great season: he's allowed three earned runs or fewer in 18 consecutive starts, which is the longest such streak for anyone in the major leagues this year.
More fun Kyle facts: This will be his third start immediately after the Cubs played a long extra-inning game. The day after the 12-inning win over the Mariners July 31, Kyle threw a 123-pitch complete-game shutout against the Marlins. The day after the 13-inning win over the Pirates last Monday, Kyle threw seven shutout innings against the Pirates.
So in addition to everything else he's done this year, he's a bullpen saver. Hoping for more of the same this afternoon.
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Here are today's particulars.
La Stella 3B, Bryant RF, Rizzo 1B, Soler LF, Russell SS, Heyward CF, Baez 2B, Montero C, Hendricks P
Villar 3B, Gennett 2B, Braun LF, Carter 1B, Nieuwenhuis RF, Broxton CF, Arcia SS, Maldonado C, Davies P
Bizarre Brewers stat of the day:
Kirk Nieuwenhuis vs. Cubs in 2016: .353/.476/.882 (12-for-34), 5 HR, 10 RBI
Kirk Nieuwenhuis vs. all other teams in 2016: .196/.314/.343 (55-for-279), 8 HR, 34 RBI
I mean... that makes no sense at all. Hopefully Cubs pitching can shut him down this series.
Kyle Hendricks since June 19: 1.27 ERA, 0.961 WHIP, .202 opponents BA in 14 appearances (13 starts). He was named N.L. Pitcher of the Month for August, when he posted a 1.28 ERA, 0.780 WHIP and a .179 opponents BA in six starts. He hasn't had that good a go against the Brewers this year, though: two starts, 4.35 ERA, and he got hit pretty hard May 17 at Miller Park. Jonathan Lucroy homered off him, but Lucroy's gone now, and in his career overall Kyle has been very good against the Brewers (2.08 ERA in eight starts). Hopefully Kyle's great second half continues.
The Cubs hit Zach Davies hard August 18 at Wrigley Field: seven runs in four innings, including a homer by Kris Bryant. But Davies shut the Cubs offense down July 23 at Miller Park: one run in 6⅓ innings. Which Davies do we get today? The August version, we hope.
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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. Here's how it works.
You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).
At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.
The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.