#Cubs Hendricks faces Rockies at Wrigley

Kyle Hendricks will start Monday night when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Rockies at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber C

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Denorfia LF

Castro SS

Hendricks P

Russell 2B

* The Cubs will face lefty Jorge De La Rosa MOnday. He’s the ninth southpaw starter the Cubs have faced in a 17-game stretch since July 7.

* Dexter Fowler is batting .333 with 11 walks and five Ks in his last 10 games.

* After batting .267 in 18 games from June 7-26, the Cubs are batting .210 and averaging three runs per game since June 27.


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Good to see Maddon has the stones to start Schwarber against a lefty. La Rosa is no Cole Hamels but still a lefty. Schwarber needs to face these guys to get experience for when he is catching full time.

Bryant `saved the day,` or perhaps it`s more appropriate to say `the night.` But it never should have been necessary. Our bullpen is `awful.` I have not heard anything coming from the FO about `bullpen` needs before the trade deadline. I`ve read about a starting pitcher and position player possibly being addressed. We`ve not had a `closer` for a long while, and still do not. No team can be regarded as a `serious` playoff contender sans a reliable `closer.` Please!

Aloha jhosk- yes I hear you. I commented about the fact that this team struggling to score runs did just that tonight. Castro got into the act too! I know Hendricks did not have one of his better starts but the Rockies have a very good hitting team. Still the fact that the team came back and went into the 9th leading 7-4 was more than enough of a lead if we had as you say a bona-fide closer. I did think Soler looked confused on one of the hits out his way where he turned the wrong way to go after a hit but still, for both Mott and Soriano to be so ineffective was excruciating to watch. I am not sure what options the FO has, maybe they still work out a deal with the Padres for Kimbrel which at least gives them more than a short term rental. Take care now. Mahalo.

Absolutely agree with your comment regarding Soler in the ninth, k.g; that ball was `catchable,` and he did not come close to making the play; the truth is Soler is a defensive liability right now; we`ve seen other examples of his lapses recently. You know I like Kimbrel. As for Tulo, yes, who knew we were observing him play his very last game for the Rockies last night? He`s had a remarkable `run` with Colorado, for sure. But this has been somewhat of a `down` season for him. Saw a list of the seven most disappointing major leaguers in 2015 recently, and Tulo was included. Look for him to be rejuvenated with the change of scenery. As a serious observer of the baseball scene, I know you have seen such scenarios play out before. In fact, I think you`ll agree it seems to happen more often than not.

Aloha jhosk- I forgot to mention, you heard about big trade the Blue Jays made with the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki?! Thank goodness the pitching will not have to see him the next 2 days! Anyhow, we will know soon enough if the FO are buyers or sellers. Mahalo!

I can understand why you d think that, but I don t believe they think that way. I don t think they dislike the Cubs enough to turn down a deal that would help them complete their rebuilding effort, just because a division rival would also benefit from the deal.

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