The Cubs are 10-7 on the road this year, which is good! The only teams with better road records in the N.L. are the Nationals (12-6) and Rockies (11-5).
However, the Cubs' last road series win came in Pittsburgh last month. It would be nice for them to start off this road trip on a good note with a win this afternoon.
Once again, a reminder that there's a pretty good chance of rain this afternoon in Denver, so expect a possible delay.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jay CF, Bryant RF, Schwarber LF, Candelario 1B, Montero C, Russell SS, La Stella 3B, Baez 2B, Hendricks P
Insert "other split squad" joke here.
Blackmon CF, LeMahieu 2B, Arenado 3B, Gonzalez RF, Reynolds 1B, Desmond LF, Valaika SS, Hanigan C, Marquez P
Kyle Hendricks vs. German Marquez
Anyone who thinks Kyle Hendricks is not en route to another good year has not looked at his last three starts. Numbers from those starts: 1.04 ERA, 1.154 WHIP, 14 strikeouts in 17 ⅓ innings. In his last outing against the Yankees, he was getting the weak-contact ground balls that he needs to succeed. He's even got a good track record at Coors Field. Last year on August 19 he threw six innings and allowed four hits and one run. Another one just like that, please.
Once again this afternoon, the Cubs are facing a pitcher they have never seen before. German Marquez is making his seventh major-league start and he has not been good in three starts this year: 7.31 ERA, 1.688 WHIP, seven walks in 16 innings. He did throw six shutout innings against the Diamondbacks on April 30, but then the same team hit him hard five days later. Joe Maddon might have some familiarity with him as he was originally signed by the Rays and pitched in their system from 2013-15.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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