Schwarber to bat 2nd for #Cubs vs Braves
Kyle Schwarber will make his first start at catcher in the big leagues Friday when the Cubs open the second half against the Braves. Kyle Hendricks gets the start. Here’s the lineup:
* Hendricks enters the game with a 22 1/3 inning scoreless streak, dating to the fourth inning, June 24 vs. the Dodgers. It’s the longest scoreless streak by a Cubs pitcher since Ryan Dempster’s 33-inning run in June-July of 2012. It’s the second-
longest active scoreless innings streak, trailing the Dodgers Zack Greinke’s 35 2/3 scoreless innings stretch.
Hendricks’ 22 1/3-inning scoreless streak is the longest by a Cubs pitcher age 25 or younger since Greg Maddux had 25 2/3 scoreless innings in 1990.
Hendricks is one of three big league pitchers this season to sport a 3.55 ERA or better with four or fewer victories in at
least 17 starts, joining the Indians’ Corey Kluber (4-10, 3.38 ERA) and the Orioles’ Wei-Yin Chen (4-5, 2.78).
* Schwarber does have one inning as a catcher in the big leagues when he subbed June 16.
* Here are the pitching matchups for the series at Turner Field:
Friday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.55) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (6-4, 4.56)
Saturday: LHP Jon Lester (4-8, 3.59) vs. LHP Manny Banuelos (1-0, 0.75)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (10-5, 2.66) vs. RHP Shelby Miller (5-5, 2.38)