Summer Camp Miscellany: Hendricks Dominant, Kimbrel Looked Good, Javy and Willy Go Deep, More

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Summer Camp Miscellany: Hendricks Dominant, Kimbrel Looked Good, Javy and Willy Go Deep, More

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The Cubs beat the Cubs 4-0 tonight in the first televised intrasquad game of Summer Camp. I know it’s fake-fake baseball, and I know not everyone can watch yet, but for me, it was really, really comforting to watch a little baseball tonight.

Kyle Hendricks was kind of ridiculous tonight, going 6.1 innings of more or less flawless baseball. The changeup was as nasty as ever, the command was good, and the at bats told you that the hitters were as off-balance as you would hope in a Kyle Hendricks outing. Get this man to the regular season.

Yu Darvish went only 3.2 innings (60-ish pitches), and certainly looked good at times, though the fastball command wasn’t there. Obviously commanding that was the main turning point for him last year, together with some improved secondaries, so it’s not necessarily a surprise that he’s still working on it. The breaking pitches looked fantastic tonight, though.

And Craig Kimbrel pitched! So we got to see a full inning of work and read WAY TO MUCH into it! But you know, he actually looked good. The fastball was more elevated when it needed to be, and the knuckle curve was doing what he wanted it to do. He gave up a hit to Nico Hoerner on a good elevated fastball (Hoerner just slapped at it, as he does, and knocked it through the right-side hole), but struck out two and looked good in the process. He was reportedly hitting 96 mph, too, which ain’t bad for a fake game in camp.

I’ll have more thoughts soon since I actually got to watch, but some of the miscellany:


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.