The Chicago Cubs finished out the month of March, and their exhibition schedule, with a victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park. Ideally it would have been a sweep if Hector Rondon hadn’t had some trouble with command and location, but there’s still a bit of time to fix things. I’m sure if they really wanted to, the Cubs could conjure up some injury to give Rondon time to figure out his command while bringing up someone like Rob Zastryzny, but you never want to get too crazy with the increased scrutiny over disabled list stints.
Anyway, about the game…
- Kyle Hendricks has been cruising through spring training and pitched another five shutout innings because he can. He also doesn’t like baserunners.
- Hendricks was helped by a fine catch by Jon Jay, and while it looked spectacular, Statcast said there was a 65% chance he would have caught it, which makes it slightly less fun after the fact. But it was still a great catch in my humble opinion.
- Both Tommy La Stella and Matt Szczur made the team, and both made contributions today. Szczur in particular was responsible for a couple runs, with a bases-loaded walk as well as this single that added some much needed insurance:
The Cubs now travel to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals. As you may have guessed, the Cubs head into the season as one of the best teams in the majors and projected to win the NL Central again. We discussed this a bunch on the Dreamcast, so please listen and rate and comment and all that jazz. While we wait for Sunday, think about subscribing to a Cubs SportsCrate (I might just do so) and check out this silly new video:
— MLB (@MLB) March 31, 2017