#Cubs and Hendricks vs Reds in finale
Kyle Hendricks gets the start in the Cubs’ series finale vs. the Reds on Wednesday. It’s an early start — not what either team needs after a 15-inning game Tuesday night. It’s Benny and the Kids in the lineup today. Ben Zobrist is the only one over 26 years of age.
Here’s the Cubs lineup:
Almora Jr. CF
On Tuesday, the Cubs reached 50 wins in their 76th game, their fastest to the mark since 1918 when they their 50th in game No. 71.
Cubs pitchers Travis Wood, Spencer Patton and Pedro Strop all spent time in left field Tuesday. The last time the Cubs saw three pitchers play the field at any point within the same season was 1904 (Mordecai Brown, Bob Wicker and Frank Corridon). According to baseball historian Ed Hartig, going back to 1913, the Cubs never had two pitchers play the field in the same game.
Javier Baez’s 15th-inning grand slam was the latest by inning in Cubs franchise history, edging out the 14th-inning grand slam by Cliff Johnson in 1980 in a suspended game against the Expos. Johnson is credited with hitting the grand slam on May 28, 1980, though he actually hit it on August 8, 1980. He was on the Indians when the game started but acquired by the Cubs on June 23, 1980.
*Looking ahead to Cubs at Mets, here are the pitching matchups:
Thu: RHP John Lackey (7-4, 3.29) vs. LHP Steven Matz (7-3, 3.29)
Fri: RHP Jason Hammel (7-4, 2.58) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (3-4, 2.67)
Sat: RHP Jake Arrieta (12-2, 2.10) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (6-4, 2.86)
Sun: LHP Jon Lester (9-3, 2.03) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-3, 2.49)