#Cubs Hendricks to start Game 3 NLCS
Kyle Hendricks will start Game 3 of the National League Championship Series for the Cubs, and Jason Hammel could start Game 4 but manager Joe Maddon said Sunday he’s also considering having a “bullpen day” when the series shifts to Wrigley Field. One thing the Cubs will not do is have Jon Lester come back on short rest and start Game 4, Maddon said.
“We’re still working on Game 4 but we have Kyle definitely in Game 3,” Maddon said.
Neither Hendricks or Hammel 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.
Hammel was available in relief if needed for Game 2 Sunday and also Game 3 on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.
“More than likely, [Hammel] will pitch Game 4 but I still want to talk to him and play it all the way through,” Maddon said.
The only other option would be using Travis Wood, Clayton Richard or Trevor Cahill out of the ‘pen.
“We could go with a bullpen [day] if you chose to,” Maddon said.
Lester started Game 1 on Saturday, and threw 107 pitches over 6 2/3 innings.
“I’m not planning on that right now at all,” Maddon said of having Lester start Wednesday.
*Sunday’s game time temperature was expected to be colder than Saturday’s 48-degree game time temp. Javier Baez, Starlin Castro and Jorge Soler all wore balaclavas over their heads to try and stay warm.
“They were fine,” Maddon said. “Starlin, before the game, told me he’ll be cold when the game is over. He played really well. I talked to him on the bench, when I went out to the mound, and he was fine. He was not worried about it.”
Soler hasn’t done well when the temperature is below 50 degrees.
“It’s going to be less than 50 today, so maybe it’s a good call [Soler isn’t starting],” Maddon said of the rookie, who was not in the starting lineup. “We’ll keep him warm until we need him.”
— Carrie Muskat