Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks primed to be Cubs’ ace in 2018

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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 16: Kyle Hendricks
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 16: Kyle Hendricks /

It’s time for the young-gun to take over

One of the main concerns for the Cubs this off-season will be the starting rotation. As it stands right now, there are two spots that need to be filled. Despite that, there is one thing that will be certain come Opening Day. Hendricks will be the horse for the Cubs’ staff in 2018.

With Jon Lester coming off a rough season and Hendricks riding high after two outstanding seasons, it would be unwise to start anyone other than Hendricks on day one of the 2018 season.

Next season could be a turning point for the Cubs pitching staff. For the last three seasons, the rotation has been dominated by Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester. With Arrieta leaving in free agency and Lester showing some signs of decline, the Cubs need Hendricks to step-up and be the man in 2018.

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There is no doubt Hendricks can live up to the pressure of big moments. He has proven that over the last two seasons. If the Cubs decide to hand over the ace card to Hendricks in 2018, the entire season will be a big moment in which Hendricks will have every chance to shine.

Personally, I can’t wait to see what “The Professor” can do.