The Cubs have officially announced who their Opening Day starter is. After speculation between Yu Darvish, Jon Lester, and Kyle Hendricks, Hendricks has officially been named the Opening Day starter for the Chicago Cubs.
Hendricks is the only pitcher in recent memory that the Cubs have developed into a starter after acquiring him as a prospect from the Texas Rangers. That said, after a brand new four-year contract he signed last season, Hendricks gets the ball to begin the 60-game sprint that is the 2020 season.
The 30-year-old right hander pitched to a 11-10 record in 2019, where he threw 177.0 innings and recorded an ERA of 3.46 and struck out 150 batters.
Hendricks will take the mound on Friday, July 24 at 6:05 CDT as the Cubs host the Brewers at Wrigley Field to kick off their 2020 season.