CI Recap (3/25/18) – Cubs 5, Royals 3: Kyle Hendricks Ready, On to Florida

Kyle Hendricks got his final tuneup start against the Royals in Surprise. The Cubs lineup was laden with minor leaguers in a very uneventful game. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Won

Two 9th inning home runs gave the Cubs a 5-1 lead, after which they managed to hold on for the win.

Key Moment

Pinch-hitter Ian Rice blasted a long homer to left field off of Blaine Boyer in the 9th inning. The two-run dinger gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead.

Stats That (Don’t) Matter

  • Hendricks walked his first two batters of the spring, might be time to send him to Iowa. Seriously though, the Professor looked good again, allowing only one hit and striking out two in four scoreless frames.
  • One of only two regulars to start Sunday, Ben Zobrist walked and doubled twice. He got held up in traffic and almost missed the start of the game, so perhaps he should be late all the time.
  • Anthony Bass pitched a scoreless inning of relief. The Cubs haven’t announced the final bullpen spot, for which Eddie Butler is the favorite, but Bass is alive for that spot as of now.

Bottom Line

Hendricks looks ready to go for his start Friday in Miami against the Marlins.

On Deck

Yu Darvish and the Cubs head to Fort Myers, Florida to play the Red Sox at mini Fenway — I mean JetBlue Park — on Monday. The 5:05pm CT game airs on and an audio stream is on

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  1. As of Butler, give him his release. He got pounded by Seattle and needs new glasses. Do not keep Strop on 25 Roster, I would prefer to have Kyle Ryan a 1.84 ERA as one of my relief pitchers. High K vs walk ratio. I also think Edwards is on the bubble as well. Way too many fastballs. Is there anything else inside his toolbox besides a 4 seam heater? Wow. Bench Heyward and use his glove ONLY for the late innings to avoid him of batting. He had a horrible spring with less than a .200 avg. He also is entering the 3rd year of his batting slump. What a waste. Unfortunately the Cubs are stuck with him for 2018 with his full no trade clause. He can opt out after this season to collect his bonus deferred money and once he does that, the Cubs will release him outright If he decides to stick around, for the 2019 season without opting out, having only a partial no trade clause in effect the Cubs can then send him to any team not listed. They will do everything they can just to get rid of him without a doubt. He has been a total bust being another former St. Louis Cardinal player. He is eating up a roster spot. After 2020 season Heyward then becomes a 10/5 player and gets back his full no trade clause and can stick the Cubs all the way into 2024 when it ends. I also think this is Zobrist’s last year on the team as well. Lester’s contract will end in 2019 too. So between now and then the Cubs will have to do a minor rebuild for maybe a SP and concentrate on some relief pitchers. Other than that they are set with their main core SP having Montgomery in the wings to replace Lester if needed.

    My projection for 2019 is the year that will open up maybe 5 roster spots, and then they can bring up Court, Freeman, Caratini, Zagunis and Bote Provided they are still around and eager to crack the lineup.

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