Chicago are back in the playoffs and right-hander Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to hit the mound as the starter for the Cubs against the Nationals in Friday’s Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said on Wednesday.
Hendricks will start and then will be followed in order by left-handers Jon Lester and Jose Quintana, with right-hander Jake Arrieta taking the honors in Game 4. The opening game on Friday in Washington is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.
Why start with Hendricks? Well, the Cubs like how well he pitched in the second half of the season. He was 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 starts before the All-Star break and has gone 3-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 13 starts since.
In addition his ERA on the road (2.83) is better than his home mark (3.20), but those are for the entire season. After coming back from the All-Star break, He is 2-2 with a 2.47 ERA in seven starts at Wrigley Field, this kid is no slouch that’s for sure.
When facing the Nationals, Hendricks was 0-1 in one start this year, and gave up three earned runs over seven innings.