Cubs manager David Ross made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that Cubs starter Yu Darvish will take the mound in Game 2.
“I [feel] like I have two aces,” Ross said, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. “I trust both those guys.”
“It’s a huge honor for me to get the nod from Rossy for Game 1 but at the end of the day we all know what Yu has done this year,” Hendricks said. “He’s our ace. He’s been the guy dominant all year long. If this was a one game playoff kind of thing, he would be the guy, obviously.”
Hendricks has been a mainstay in big games for the Cubs over the years, and has posted a 2-3 record with a 2.98 ERA in 11 career postseason games, including 10 starts, during his tenure with Chicago.
“It’s really comforting from my seat when he takes the ball,” Ross said. “I know he’s excited. I’m excited. We have to win two of them. I’m glad we’ve got those horses.”