The 2022 MLB season is less than a week away as the Chicago Cubs look to rebound from their 71-win campaign last year. As usual, the season is a marathon and not a spring, leaving the Cubs to take things game-by-game beginning with next week's Opening Day.
The Cubs will open the new season on Thursday, April 7 against the Milwaukee Brewers and it's since been revealed who Chicago's Opening Day starting pitcher will be.
Cubs Opening Day Starter
Cubs Opening Day
Cubs manager David Ross announced Saturday afternoon that the right-handed Kyle Hendricks will be Chicago's Opening Day starter against the Brewers. The 32-year-old has spent his entire career with the organization, so it's only fitting that he kicks off the new campaign next week.
Although Hendricks went 14-7 in 32 appearances with the Cubs last season, his 4.77 ERA and 1.348 WHIP were the worst of his career in addition to him leading the MLB with 200 hits. Considering how he finished ninth in National League Cy Young voting in 2020, the Cubs would prefer for a bounce-back showing in 2022.
The good news is that Hendricks has had previous success against the rival Brewers. He's 10-7 in 27 all-time appearances against Milwaukee, pitching to a 3.30 ERA, 1.112 WHIP and 144 strikeouts in 158.1 innings pitched.
Hendricks scoring an Opening Day victory over the Brewers would go a long way in the Cubs' uphill pursuit for the NL Central title. Chicago currently has +1100 odds (3rd) to win its division, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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