Kyle Hendricks ready to start season as Cubs face Mets

After a long road to health, Kyle Hendrix is ​​ready for his comeback chicago cubs, Back from his own injury issue, Carlos Carrasco aims to reverse his early season struggles New York Mets

Hendrix will make his first appearance in over 10 months cub Go for a three-game series sweep of the visiting mets Thursday night. Carrasco will start for New York

The lone remaining member of Chicago’s 2016 World Series-winning club, Hendricks hasn’t been on a big-league mound since July 5, 2022, due to a shoulder injury. However, after ample rehabilitation, minor league work and a bullpen session at Wrigley Field this week, the right-hander will get the ball. cub Eyes on fourth straight win at home

“Just exciting to have him back,” cub Jed Hoyer, president of baseball operations, said of Hendricks, who opted to have surgery to repair a capsular tear in his shoulder. “He’s a perfect teammate. … I think everyone is excited to have him back and here on the mound.

The 33-year-old veteran is 87-61 with a 3.46 career ERA in 223 games (222 starts) since joining Chicago in 2014.

Hendricks has fared fairly well against New York, going 4–0 with a 2.10 ERA in five career regular season starts. he will see to help cub they remain perfect after held mets Two runs in each of the first two games of the series after a 2-7 road trip

New York entered the current series as winners of five straight. However, starters Tyler Magill and Kodai Senga allowed nine runs, seven earned, over 8 2/3 innings over the last two days. metswho have dropped 11 of their last 14 on the road

Carrasco (0-2, 8.68 ERA) has struck out five or more in three of his four starts this season.

The right-hander missed more than a month with elbow inflammation, then returned on Friday to give up five runs, including a three-run homer, five hits and two runs in five innings against his former club, the Cleveland Guardians. were involved.

However, Carrasco was far from efficient, allowing just one run in his final three innings.

“It was nice to be able to finish my pitches,” Carrasco said. “I didn’t at the beginning of the season.”

Carrasco is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in three starts versus Chicago. In a small sample size, Nico Horner, who cub‘ Wednesday’s 4-2 win is 2-for-3 against Carrasco

Chicago’s Christopher Morrell, who is 0-for-1 with walks versus Carrasco, pushed his season-opening hitting streak to 13 games on Wednesday with an infield single. Morel had featured in each of the previous five matches.

New York star Pete Alonso is 0-for-4 against Hendricks, but he has had a hit in eight of his last nine games, slugging five homers during that stretch. mets Catcher Francisco Alvarez, who clubbed a two-run homer on Wednesday, is 6-for-13 with three home runs and seven RBI in his last four starts.

“At the end of the day, I have to control myself,” Alvarez, who is making the most of his opportunity after reaching the majors at the end of last season, said on SNY. “This at-bat comes to me.”

– Field Level Media