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Cubs look to Kyle Hendricks to get on track against Cardinals

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History will favor Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks when he faces the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Hendricks is 12-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 24 career starts against the Cardinals. He walked just 25 batters in 153 1/3 innings against them.

But current events favor the Cardinals, as the rebuilding Cubs have lost 14 of their last 17 games heading into their three-game road streak at Busch Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have won 10 of their last 13 home games and are coming off a four-game road split in Milwaukee that kept them tied with the Brewers atop National League Central.

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“Overall we played well,” manager Oliver Marmol said after the Cardinals fell to the Brewers 6-4 on Thursday. “The attack did a good job.”

Hendricks (2-6, 5.43 ERA) will be looking to snap a six-game winless streak. His last victory dates back to May 9.

“I know he wants to be as consistent as possible and he works for sure,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Right now, repeating that from exit to exit is just a bit difficult.”

In his last start, Hendricks allowed six runs on eight hits and one walk in just 4 1/3 innings in a 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

“A lot of the replays felt like mid-zone stuff,” Ross said. “(The locations were) just leaking. Trying to enter, pulling it in the middle. Trying to enter, pulling it in the middle.

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Hendricks, who missed time with shoulder pain earlier this season, will make his first start against the Cardinals in 2022. He’ll have to pay close attention to Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado amid their command.

Goldschmidt is 13 for 41 with nine doubles in his career against Hendricks, and Arenado is 10 for 36 with three homers.

After posting a slugging 1,288 on-base percentage in May, Goldschmidt has produced a 1,047 OPS so far in June. Arenado is batting .305 this month with five doubles, five home runs and 16 RBIs.

The Cardinals will counter Hendricks with rookie Andre Pallante (2-2, 1.69). He faced the Cubs on June 4 and allowed one run on four hits and four walks in four innings.

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Since moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation, Pallante has gone 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts. He went 5 2/3 innings in his last start while allowing two runs on four hits and one walk in a 6-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

“I felt really good and (I had) some of the best things I’ve had since I became a cardinal,” Pallante said. “I felt like I was in control of my three throws, mixing in good shots in the situations I needed. I felt really good, it’s just a shame to have let a few bad throws let a few points score.

The Cubs adjusted their bullpen ahead of this series, putting Daniel Norris on their 15-day injured list with a sprained left index finger and promoting Adrian Sampson from Triple-A Iowa.

–Field level media

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