Kyle Hendricks concluded a very solid Spring Training by pitching a solid five innings against the Angels today. He surrendered five hits, 1 earned run, and walked nobody and fanned seven batters. He finishes Spring Training 0-2 with a 2.73 ERA, he allowed 28 hits in 29.2 innings, with four walks and 30 strike outs.
The Cubs will be looking for Hendricks to step up in 2016 if they are to make a deep run in the playoffs. In 2014, he was 7-2 with an ERA of 2.46 with 8.1 hits, 1.7 walks, and 5.3 strike outs per nine innings of work. Last season, he was 8-7 with an ERA of 3.95 with 8.3 hits, 2.2 walks, and 8.4 strike outs per nine innings.
Control is the key for Hendricks in 2016, he needs to be able to work more innings as well. He seemed to tire down the stretch in 2015, and the second half of the season seemed to be a struggle for the young righty. It is important for him to get off to a good start because the Cubs are aiming for a deep run into the postseason, and changes will be made if necessary.