Pre-Gamin': Rockies at Cubs (7:05 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Rockies at Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

Sometimes, I think I’m only in this to amuse myself.

But, hey, it is true. With a win tonight, the Cubs can take their winning streak to six games, guaranteeing their second consecutive series win in the process. Given the impending series in St. Louis, that would be a comforting base.

Fortunately, the Cubs have Kyle Hendricks on the mound tonight. And his last outing was particularly swell (7.0 IP, 4H, 0ER, 0BB, 5K). On top of the obvious excellence we uncovered when we went over that start, we discovered that Hendricks had recorded a 68.4% ground ball rate, with a teeny-tiny 5.3% line drive rate and 26.3% fly ball rate. On top of that, he managed to generate soft contact 26.3% of the time with a hard-hit rate to match it – both are much better than average. If he comes anywhere close to that tonight, he’s going to be just fine.

In his last start against the Rockies (4/20), Hendricks allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits, no walks and 6 strikeouts over 5.0 innings.

Jon Gray is starting for the Rockies tonight, and his last start was pretty fantastic (6.0 IP, 3H, 0ER, 1BB, 11Ks), but it came just one game after getting crushed by the Cubs (5.0 IP, 8H, 6ER, 3BB, 1K). That game was in Coors, but the weather is warm at Wrigley Field tonight, so maybe the Cubs can get to him again.

 

Game Info

Colorado Rockies (15-15) at Chicago Cubs (16-10) – 7:05 CT on WGN, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (R): 3.10 ERA, 4.70 FIP; 3.43 K/BB

versus

Rockies: Jon Gray (R): 5.79 ERA, 3.55 FIP; 3.89 K/BB

Colorado Rockies Lineup:

  1. Charlie Blackmon, CF
  2. David Dahl, LF
  3. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  4. Carlos Gonzalez, RF
  5. Trevor Story, SS
  6. Ian Desmond, 1B
  7. Daniel Castro, 2B
  8. Tony Wolters, C
  9. Jon Gray, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Addison Russell, SS
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. Victor Caratini, C
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Ian Happ, CF
  9. Kyle Hendricks, P


Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami