Chicago Cubs: First-year manager David Ross gave the ball to Kyle Hendricks on Opening Night at Wrigley…he made a good choice.
2020, a time where Opening Night is on July 24th. When David Ross announced that Kyle Hendricks was going to start game one, most people seemed to be okay with that choice. Yu Darvish was the other candidate, but Hendricks got the job. What he did against the Brewers that night was a thing of beauty.
9 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Walks, 9 Strikeouts on 103 pitches. Cubs won 3-0.
The only three hits belonged to Orlando Arcia as Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Lorenzo Cain were kept completely off the bases. After the final out was recorded, Hendricks was met with a mob of congrats and, of course, a shower from the Gatorade cooler. When Hendricks exited the ballpark, he was greeted with “Kyle! Kyle!” chants from the Cubs fans hanging out on Waveland Avenue.
It was a great way to kick off the season and was particularly satisfying to do it against a division rival who had flipped the script on them the previous two seasons.