OSS: Cyle just misses a Maddux on opening day
- Kyle Hendricks was dominant, going the distance with nine strikeouts and zero walks. He was so on his game that he even struck out perennial MVP candidate Christian Yelich twice. All three Brewers hits were by none other than Orlando Arcia, who hits like Yelich when he plays the Cubs and like, well, Orlando Arcia against every other team.
- Ian Happ got the offense going with a no doubter to CF in the third inning that gave the Cubs their first lead of the season. Before covid cut things short it seemed like some buzz was building among the sportswriter that Happ could break out this year. This is certainly a good start, but I still remember when Happ had a good series to kick off 2018 then went something like 1-40 over the rest of April.
- Anthony Rizzo continues to do Anthony Rizzo things. In this case, it was an insurance run homer from his knees as well as goofing around at 1B by offering hand sanitizer to baserunners.
- Not really that much to complain about here. The Cubs hit into some double plays to kill early rallies, after Bryant et al. worked some deep counts on Ken Sayner. More runs would be good.
- Everyone loves Bill Murray, but I’m not so wild at the idea of the Cubs doing the stretch with no one in the stadium. There are a lot of terrible singers out there. Just stick with Harry and Santo if you’re going to do this, Cubs.
- Maybe don’t sell any radio ads to a fucking propoganda network like Newsmax, 670 The Score.
Next up: Corbin Burnes takes on Yu Darvish at 12:05 CT, in a game that is likely to feature a veritable cornucopia of strikeouts.