The Covid season, which at the last second got a messy playoff expansion forced in, is officially underway for all teams. As the Chicago Cubs have wrapped up their first game of the season with a 3-0 shut out of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Off the back of a great 105 pitch performance from Kyle Hendricks, the Chicago Cubs took a 2 run home run by Ian Happ and an insurance home run by Anthony Rizzo into a victory. Realistically, the bats were relatively quiet and relying on the long ball has not been a successful strategy for the Cubs in the past. They got 2 runners on first then quickly ran into double plays. As Brandon Woodruff of the Brewers did pitch fairly well only giving up 4 hits with 5 strike outs in his 5 innings of work. But the result of Hendricks being even better with 9 strike outs, 0 walks, and only 3 hits. All of which were to the 9 spot hitter. Means that the Cubs win their first of the 60 game season.
With the shortened season each game has a little more importance and teams that get off to a slow start aren’t going to have the time to come back like a baseball season typically affords. Strong starting pitching like tonight is going to be critical for the Cubs to find success in this short season. With the bullpen remaining a question mark coming off a rocky 2019 with no major improvements in the off season.
But for now, we’ll enjoy the Cubs win as they start the season 1-0, with 59 games to go.