#Cubs lineup: Hendricks goes for 1st home win

Kyle Hendricks starts Wednesday night as the Cubs face the Dodgers in Game 3 of their four-game series at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Denorfia RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Castro SS

Coghlan LF

Szczur CF

Hendricks P

Russell 2B

* Hendricks lost to the Twins on Friday after allowing a career-high seven runs (six earned) over five innings. The Cubs have won four of Hendricks’ five home starts this season, but he does not have a “W” at home.

* Anthony Rizzo is batting .357 (10-for-28) with four homers, two doubles, and six RBIs in his last seven games.

* Dexter Fowler is day-to-day with a sprained ankle. He was injured MOnday.

* The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig has hit .486 with six extra-base hits and 13 runs scored in nine career games at Wrigley Field. With a hit, he’d join Neil Walker and Ray Lankford as the only players in the last four decades to hit safely in each of their first 10 games at Wrigley.

* With Joc Pederson’s next home run, the Dodgers rookie will join Dave Kingman (1972) and Albert Pujols (2001) as the only NL rookies with at least 20 home runs by the All-Star break since 1933.

* The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez is batting .169 with two extra-base hits and one run scored in his last 17 games.

* Chris Coghlan owns MLB’s longest active games played streak at 133 consecutive games played entering Wednesday. The streak began on July 23 of last season.

* Kris Bryant has hit seven of his 10 homers at Wrigley Field this year. He owns a .622 SLG in 28 home games compared to a .371 SLG in 33 games on the road.


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It’s amazing that the current longest consecutive games played streak is only at 134 (after tonight). That means he only needs 2,499 to go after tonight to break the all-time record, which would be possible in about 15.5 seasons. I guess you can add Cal Ripken’s ironman streak to the list of MLB records that will never be broken! And the Cubs all-time consecutive games played record is of course Billy Williams at 1117, which Coghlan would break in just 984 games after tonight, slightly over 6 seasons worth of games!

Aloha Doug- Remember that they said Gehrig’s record would never be beaten but Ripken did it. As you say, he may beat Williams record if he is able to stay on this team. Well, first things first, tonight’s game! Mahalo.

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