#Cubs notes: Hendricks, Hammel sked, Schwarb & more

*Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel will start in the National League Championship Series, but manager Joe Maddon wasn’t ready on Saturday to announce which game each right-hander would pitch in.

Jon Lester opened the best of seven series on Saturday night and Jake Arrieta was scheduled to pitch Game 2 on Sunday. The series shifts to Wrigley Field for Games 3-4-5, starting Tuesday. Neither pitcher got a decision in their NL Division Series starts. Hammel was pulled after three innings in Game 4, while Hendricks gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings, and all coming on three solo home runs.

Maddon said he wanted to wait until pitching coach Chris Bosio had a chance to talk to both pitchers before announcing how they would handle the rotation.

*Kyle Schwarber batted second in the NL Wild Card game and the first game of the NLDS but Maddon then inserted Jorge Soler into the No. 2 spot for the next three postseason games. On Saturday, Schwarber was batting second again because the Cubs wanted to give the left-handed hitting rookie as many at-bats as possible against Mets right-hander Matt Harvey.

Schwarber batted .278 against right-handed pitchers this season, hitting 14 of his 16 homers off southpaws.

Maddon was just hoping the Cubs don’t try to do anything different than they have so far.

“I don’t want us to change anything — just go out there and keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Maddon said. “All of their pitchers are good. They have great starting pitching. We have some pretty good offensive players. Go play. Don’t try to do anything differently. Just play.”

*Maddon was battling a raspy voice and a cold, which he caught celebrating after the Cubs won Game 4 of the NLDS at Wrigley Field.

“It’s a head cold, and after the game on the field, talking to everybody, it was so loud, and I was trying to talk so loud,” Maddon said. “I get a head cold every year in October and November. I’ve been that guy.”

Maybe it’s a playoff cold.

— Carrie Muskat

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I like Hendricks and I think he’s due for a breakout game but he does make me nervous. http://bit.ly/1NiAMF5

Aloha Mark, yes I agree Hendricks is due for a breakout game, I hope that includes endurance whereby he can go late into a game. Today the bats need to come alive. Mahalo!

It would be very nice to get to Syndergard early, but these games are not going to be easy. Yesterday it looked like the Cubs were going after Harvey early and not driving up the pitch count.
Also Murphy is very hot and herd to get out, reminds me of Matt Carpenter in the playoffs.
On Hendricks, like most of the year, if Maddon can get 5 or 6 IP out of him, the Cubs have a very good chance.

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