Kyle Hendricks shares keys to a successful 2020 season
Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks spoke with Taylor McGregor on Cubs 360 Summer Camp about how he compares this season to previous years and what he believes are keys to having a successful season in 2020.
Six days into summer camp, Hendricks feels he is still in the beginning of the season.
“It still feels early in the season but as far as your body, it doesn’t feel like March or April. It feels like later along in the year. Hopefully, we can use that to our advantage and hopefully, we are a little bit more ready when the real competition comes down to it because it’s going to be a sprint once the first game starts,” Hendricks said.
With the 60-game season, a lot of the challenge is going to be on the pitching staff. Hendricks believed that the team has to zone in on winning each day.
“It starts with going pitch to pitch like anything else. We have to simplify the game, go out there and take advantage of every situation. From a pitchers stand point, it’s moving pitch to pitch, moving through the line-up. From a hitter, it’s never giving an at-bat, grinding out every pitch against the other guy and it’s the same mindset you would have in a longer season,” Hendricks said. “We are aware of how many fewer games there are, but at the end of the day, you have to take the same approach, simplify the game and just try and attack every single day.”