coors fieldThe Chicago Cubs have won four in a row after their previous 11-game winning streak was halted by a couple bullpen hiccups. With Hector Rondon off to the DL – and John Lackey with him – the Cubs may have a tougher time keeping the good times rolling on this West Coast swing.

Kyle Hendricks has arguably been the Cubs’ best pitcher this year and, in theory, his low-walk, groundball, weak contact tendencies should play well at Coors Field – or as well as any pitcher can hope. The reality is, sometimes dudes just get blown up here. It happens. Don’t stress if it does to Hendricks tonight (or Montgomery/Cahill tomorrow, or Hammel on Sunday).

That’s not just because of the Coors Field effect, mind you – it’s also because the Rockies, individually, hit so freaking much better at home than on the road. Almost to a man, these guys don’t just have strong home/road splits, they have INSANE home road splits.

Hendricks will be opposed by Tyler Anderson, a young lefty who has been pretty darn good this year, all things considered. Heck, he has a better xFIP than Hendricks (though we know that doesn’t quite capture all of Hendricks’ ability). Anderson will see a whole lot of righty Cubs bats, so it should be a challenge, as he has pretty decent L/R splits. He is – as you would suspect -slightly worse at home than on the road.



Game Info

Chicago Cubs (77-43) at Colorado Rockies (58-63) – 8:40 CT on CSN-C, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview lives hereThe Lineup Discussion lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (R): 2.19 ERA, 3.39 FIP, 3.63 xFIP; 3.54 K/BB

versus

Rockies: Tyler Anderson (L): 3.42 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 3.61 xFIP; 3.47 K/BB



Colorado Rockies Lineup:

  1. Charlie Blackmon, CF
  2. D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, RF
  4. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  5. David Dahl, LF
  6. Gerardo Parra, 1B
  7. Nick Hundley, C
  8. Daniel Descalso, SS
  9. Tyler Anderson, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Jorge Soler, RF
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. Matt Szczur, LF
  7. Willson Contreras, C
  8. Javy Baez, 2B
  9. Kyle Hendricks, P

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