#Cubs Hendricks starts vs Giants

Kyle Hendricks will close the Cubs’ series in San Francisco against the Giants on Sunday night. The Giants will start Madison Bumgarner, who is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last four starts vs. the Cubs. For his career, Bumgarner is 6-2, 2.44 ERA in 10 starts vs. the Cubs. The Giants have won seven of those 10 games.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Szczur RF

Ross C

Hendricks P

*The Cubs and Giants have split this series so far. The Cubs have lost two series the entire season.

The Cubs have lost four of their last six games. They’ve scored 19 runs in the six games but eight of them came Friday night. Cubs’ hitters are 6-for-44 (.136) with runners in scoring position over the last six games.

*Kris Bryant homered on Saturday for the second-straight game, and has three homers in his last five games and four in his last eight since May 13. Five of his nine homers this season have come on the road. Last season, he hit five of his 26 home runs away from Wrigley Field.

Anthony Rizzo is 1-for-22 (.045) with one RBI in his last six games. Addison Russell isn’t faring much better; he has one hit in his last 18 at-bats.

Ben Zobrist has reached base safely in six of seven career plate appearances vs. Bumgarner, going 5-for-6 with a double and a triple. Zobrist is batting .400 during an eight-game hit streak.

*After Sunday’s game, the Cubs head to St. Louis where they’ll open a three-game series against the Cardinals. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP John Lackey (4-2, 3.31) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (4-3, 5.92)
Tuesday: RHP Jason Hammel (5-1, 2.31) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (2-4, 4.03)
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (8-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.56)


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Why does Rizzo refuse to adjust to the shift? Hit the ball to the left side of the infield. It`s almost guaranteed to result in a knock. It`s not complicated. Russell and Soler need to show us each is capable of making contact. Some time on the pine may be justified. Our pitching can`t continue to be this dominant. It`s overdue for the offense to step up, or that best record in baseball is going to be by the boards, meaning one or more clubs will overtake us before long.

Aloha jhosk- First, I have to give Hendricks kudos, he pitched one heck of a game and on the road! Madbum did too. The Cubs had an early chance and did not strike when bases were loaded. I think if there were a “silver-lining” to all of this and this entire season it is that the starting pitching for the most part has kept the team in games and the bullpen also has done a superb job. The hitting has not been very good, even a veteran like Rizzo as you point out should be going opposite field like Zorbrist does; he is strong enough and fast enough to do so. The clutch hitting and RISP has been bad. But this is where a lot of good can and will happen. The hitting is not where it needs to be and the potential to be better is great. We know that both Rizzo and Heyward in their past two years (not including this year) average about .280 as hitters which is much higher than were they are today. Soler & Baez are working out their bugs to become more thoughtful batters with their approach at the plate. I was very happy that Szczur came back. The team is going to have to learn how to manufacture runs, be patient at the plate-take pitches not swing at first pitches all the time. But again as bad as the clutch hitting has been, I also see this as a plus because for the majority of this season the starting pitching has been very good. The offense needs to do its job. I hope they can turn things around in St. Louis as the team is 2-4 in the last two series so this one coming up at the Cardinals is crucial. Hang in there now, tomorrow is a new day and the start of a new series! Mahalo!

Agree, k.g. It was a compelling game to watch. Bryant made an outstanding play on that slow roller hit his way. The Giants accounted for several defensive gems. That remarkable grab Span made late on Zobrist`s drive was critical, and deflated Cubs` fans hopes. It`s not a stretch to think these two teams could meet in the playoffs. As was pointed out by one of the broadcasters, the two clubs have much in common, including avid fan bases, extraordinary settings for home fields, rich traditions, and an uncommon hunger to excel. (Aside: Peter Pascarelli in his pre-game report last evening commented on a reason why Madison Bumgarner was elated over something this weekend, an it had absolutely no connection to baseball. Peter said that MadBum was thrilled because 200 cattle had been delivered to his farm in N. Carolina.) Perhaps his dominating pitching effort eclipsed that fact, but I would not wager on it. This is a different cat, as Joe Maddon might typically observe.

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