Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lyles, Hendricks face off in Cubs-Rox rubber match

 The Rockies went 10 years without dropping a series to the Cubs at Coors Field before Chicago took two-of-three in Colorado last August. Sunday's rubber match is about seizing momentum as the Cubs look to climb above .500 and the Rockies seek to reclaim the form that led to their 4-0 start to the season.
What to watch for:
• Kyle Hendricks wasn't bothered by Coors Field in his first start there last Aug. 7, holding the Rockies to one run over eight innings. Said Cubs manager Joe Maddon: "I really believe he could pitch well in a phone booth, he's such a precision kind of pitcher with good stuff. Everybody looks at him as being a command guy, but his stuff is good too. When he's executing his pitches well, it doesn't matter where he's pitching."
• Jordan Lyles looks to continue a winning tradition at Coors Field, where he has established a 5-1 career record with a 5.00 ERA. But he's got an even longer tradition in facing the Cubs, having faced them in his Major League debut on May 31, 2011 at Wrigley Field, where he pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs. He's got a 2-1 career record against the Cubs and beat them 13-4 when he last faced them at Coors Field, Aug. 6,2014.
• Carlos Gonzalez has been a Cubs killer throughout his career, hitting Chicago pitchers at a .351 pace (40-for-114) with nine homers and 20 RBIs, entering Saturday's play.

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