The Cubs seem back on track, having won seven of 10 since that little four-game losing streak that ended a week ago Wednesday at Wrigley Field with the walkoff win over the Brewers.
They have a chance to win this series, which would make seven of eight series won this year. The team has won six of its first seven series to start a season for just the fifth time since 1916.
Winning tonight and making it seven of eight would accomplish that feat for just the third time since 1916. It previously happened in 1932 and 1995.
One note about closer Wade Davis, who has not been scored on this year: Davis’ current 17⅓-inning scoreless streak is the second-longest active streak in MLB (Cleveland’s Andrew Miller leads with 24 innings).
Here are today’s particulars.
Schwarber DH, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Contreras C, Almora CF, Jay LF
Red Sox lineup:
Bogaerts SS, Benintendi LF, Betts RF, Ramirez DH, Moreland 1B, Pedroia 2B, Bradley CF, Vazquez C, Hernandez 3B
Kyle Hendricks vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
Kyle Hendricks has never faced the Red Sox. Eduardo Rodriguez has never faced the Cubs. Neither pitcher has much experience against anyone on the opposing roster.
So, how should things shape up for this game? Hendricks, after a slow start, had an excellent outing against the Pirates last Tuesday. Rodriguez last pitched last Sunday, a game in which he allowed just one hit in six innings to the Orioles (though he also walked five).
Unlike the past two days, it's supposed to be cloudy and cool tonight with a game-time temperature of around 50. That's good for pitchers, and if Hendricks can get his sinker working, this should be a low-scoring pitchers' duel.
Today's game is on ESPN.
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