ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Hendricks will start Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday against the Cardinals, and not Jason Hammel, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday.
Jon Lester (11-12, 3.34 ERA) will open the best-of-five series against the Cardinals on Friday at Busch Stadium, live at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday on TBS, and 22-game winner Jake Arrieta, who threw a four-hit shutout to win the Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser over the Pirates, will start Game 3 at Wrigley Field on Monday.
Hendricks, 25, faced the Cardinals once this season on May 5, and did not get a decision, giving up four runs over five innings. Hammel, 33, has dealt with St. Louis three times, and is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA. He picked up the win on Sept. 8 at Busch Stadium, serving up three runs over six innings on four hits and four walks.
Hammel could start Game 4, but Maddon said that would depend on whether the right-hander is used out of the bullpen in the first two games of the NLDS.
This is Hendricks' first full season in the Major Leagues, and Maddon said he picked the right-hander over Hammel for Saturday because Hendricks has been sharp in his final regular-season outings.
"The fact that he could put the ball on the ground matters a lot, too, keep the ball out of the air," Maddon said. "He's just been very sharp, so we just chose to do that, and then, of course, we're not going to skip Jake [for Game 3]. And then it's going to get back to the idea of if we don't use Jason Hammel before that, you probably will see him in Game 4, but if we need him sooner than that, you'll see him sooner than that, and then we'll have to make an adjustment for Game 4."
In his last three outings, Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA) has given up three earned runs over 18 innings.
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