#Cubs lineup: Hendricks starts; Fowler gets day off
Kyle Hendricks will start Wednesday night for the Cubs in the second game of their three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants. Dexter Fowler is not starting, and Kyle Schwarber is batting leadoff. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs have won 21 of their last 25 games for the first time since June 6-July 4, 1936. In those 25 games, the Cubs have hit 44 home runs while averaging 5.6 runs per game.
The Cubs’ 55 homers since the All-Star break are tied with the Blue Jays and Mariners for most in MLB.
Nine of Kyle Schwarber’s 18 hits in August have been home runs. He has 23 RBI in 21 games this month, most in the NL. Schwarber is 6-for-19 (.316) with two homers and nine RBI in his five games vs. the Giants this season.
The Cubs have won each of Hendricks’ last five starts. He’s 2-0 in that span despite a 5.61 ERA. The Cubs have supported Hendricks with 32 runs scored in those five games.