Making his 27th start of the 2018 campaign on Sunday afternoon, Kyle Hendricks was looking to keep the ball down & go the distance.
Hendricks hasn’t had the most ideal year of his career but has found a groove as of late. He has struggled with home runs in the early innings, especially the first. He has struggled with his mechanics & control. He’s currently 9-10 with an ERA of 4.04. Hendricks hasn’t had a problem striking people out, as he has a total of 126 on the year. The biggest takeaway from Hendrick’s season so far is that you never know which version of him you are getting.
It’s safe to say the Cubs had 2016 Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks on the mound. Hendricks started the first two innings with 6 up and 6 down. Hendricks remained in full control through the whole game. He finished with 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB and 5 SO’s.
The Cubs offense jumped on Homer Bailey in the bottom of the first. Bailey’s season has been absolutely a mess, he only has one win. His season record is 1-11, with a 6.08 ERA.
Daniel Murphy has been just what the Cubs needed. It’s still hard to believe the Washington Nationals traded a guy who is hitting .306 and has an OBP of .344 for a Single-A player. Although, Cubs fans are complaining.
Murphy started off the bottom half of the 1st with a soft single. Javier Baez reached on an error, giving Anthony Rizzo runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out. A ground out from Rizzo advanced both runners. Willson Contreras softly grounded out to Eugenio Suarez, which scored Murphy. Jason Heyward tripled due to an error in center by Billy Hamilton who absolutely whiffed on the attempt to make the play, which scored Rizzo, 2-0. David Bote singled to bring in Heyward and score the final run of the inning, 3-0.
David Bote has been truly unbelievable. To fill the shoes of Kris Bryant let alone an MVP is always hard to do. Bote has made it look so easy. Bote is slashing at the big league level, batting .274 with 5 HRs and 21 RBI’s in 105 at bats. He is also slugging a remarkable .486.
In the bottom of the 3rd with a runner on, David Bote absolutely crushed a 2 run homer onto Waveland Ave. The best part about watching Bote mash home runs is the bat drop after. Bote had a walk-off home run just a few days ago and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
The Cubs tacked on another run thanks to Heyward. Jason Heyward had himself a great day at the plate. In just the fifth inning, he was already 3-3, with two RBI’s.
Heyward finished the day with a 4-4 line. Rizzo scored off a balk in the bottom of the 7th. One batter after the balk, Kyle Schwarber came up to the plate & absolutely murdered a baseball into the left-field bleachers, making it 9-0. This is back-to-back games in which Schwarber has homered.
Randy Rosario was the only relief pitcher the Cubs would need in the series finale. Rosario secured the victory for the Cubs. With a series sweep and having won five in a row, the Cubs are in a very good place.
The New York Mets will come into town. The pitching matchups for the series will be amazing. Monday’s matchup will be Lester vs Syndergaard.
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