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NLCS: Kyle Hendricks ready to go as Cubs' Game 2 starter vs. Dodgers

NLCS: Kyle Hendricks ready to go as Cubs' Game 2 starter vs. Dodgers

The Cubs have received nothing but good news ever since the day after Kyle Hendricks took a 94mph line drive off his right forearm.

The Cy Young candidate only lasted 14 outs in his Game 2 start before coming out in favor of Travis Wood after the comebacker. But Hendricks has reported no issues since then and has thrown several times without any hiccups.

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As such, Joe Maddon announced Hendricks as the NLCS Game 2 starter against the Dodgers, with the Cubs keeping the same rotation of Jon Lester, Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and John Lackey.

"I've made it clear to them I'm ready to go," Hendricks said Friday before the Cubs' workout at Wrigley Field. "I think it was clear a couple days ago. It felt really good. Like I said, once I was able to get back in my normal throwing program, everything from there is good to go."

With the Cubs' miraculous ninth inning comeback against the Giants in Game 4, it allowed Maddon and Co. to reset the rotation.

The Cubs can now line up the battle-tested Lester to try to set the tone in Game 1 and Hendricks in Game 2 at Wrigley Field, where he led the majors in home ERA (1.32).

The NLDS outing was Hendricks' third postseason start of his career, but he has yet to make it out of the fifth inning. Of course, his first 2016 postseason start would've lasted longer if it wasn't for the line drive off the bat of Angel Pagan.

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The 26-year-old believes he is much more relaxed pitching in October now and expects better results next time around.

"Getting through that first series there, there was a lot of emotion, a lot of high energy, especially on the road," Hendricks said. "It was getting loud in that ballpark. Kinda going through those experiences, but also from last year, pitching in a few postseason games.

"The crowd here at Wrigley, honestly, we've had some games in the regular season that are just as loud here in the playoffs. We've kinda gotten used to it, I guess throughout the year. I'll be ready to go."

Cubs Talk Podcast: Rizzo hurt as Cubs sweep Pirates

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Rizzo hurt as Cubs sweep Pirates

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the injury to Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs offense coming alive against the Pirates and the playoff chase with 2 weeks left in the season.

01:00     How worried are you about Rizzo's injury

05:00     Wrigley's reaction to Rizzo's injury

08:00     Bryant leads the Cubs offense against the Pirates

10:00     Heyward's resurgence after moving out of leadoff spot

12:00     Nico Hoerner's looks impressive in first series at Wrigley

15:00     How do Cubs stand with 2 weeks left?

17:00     Cubs have a chance to make up ground with Cardinals playing Nationals

18:30     Brewers staying in race without Yelich

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

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Cubs put up historic numbers in three-game series against Pirates

Cubs put up historic numbers in three-game series against Pirates

Offense came in bunches this weekend at Wrigley Field. 

After scoring 17 and 14 runs on Friday and Saturday respectively, the Cubs continued their offensive barrage on Sunday. With 16 runs scored Sunday against the Pirates, the North Siders bumped their weekend total to a whopping 47 (yes, really). 

According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, the Cubs' franchise record for most runs scored in a single three-game series is 48 (set in 1894). Despite coming one run short of tying their franchise water mark, though, the Cubs did score at a historic level:

Although their offensive outburst came against the last place Pirates, the Cubs have to be happy with their performance. Before welcoming Pittsburgh to town, the Cubs scored a combined 22 runs Monday-Thursday in their four-game series against the Padres.

Unfortunately, Sunday's series finale saw Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo go down with a nasty right ankle sprain in the third inning. The Cubs announced later in the game that X-rays didn't reveal a fracture in Rizzo's ankle. However, he'll undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the sprain.

In lighter news, the Cubs will enter Monday just two games back of the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central, as the Brewers took down St. Louis 7-6 on Sunday. The Cubs and their fans will certainly hold their breath on Monday awaiting news on Rizzo, though.

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