As a rookie, Kyle Hendricks was one of the majors' luckiest pitchers, finishing with a 2.46 ERA that was partially the product of unsustainable strand and BABIP rates. In 2015, Hendricks did not, in fact, sustain those favorable rates, but lost in the regression was major improvement in his strikeout rate. Hendricks added more than three strikeouts to his K/9 ratio, surging from 5.3 to 8.4, becoming one of the best pitchers at freezing batters with called strikes. After a season in which Hendricks stranded just over two of every three runners, he should be ready to fake out owners once again. Hendricks is better than last season's 3.95 ERA and is worth a late-round pick in standard mixed leagues.
Hendricks was named the starter for Game 3 of the NLCS, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports. Hendricks was expected to receive the start in either Game 3 or Game 4, but he has now received the nod for the earlier game. The announcement gives him a chance to pitch multiple times in the NLCS, though the Cubs will likely go with Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta as much as possible.
Cubs pitcher Hendricks will pitch in either Game 3 or Game 4 of the NLCS, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports. Manager Joe Maddon announced that Hendricks and Jason Hammel will each start in the series, but did not say which game each would pitch. Hendricks is the likely choice, only because it's his turn, but both pitchers will have more than five days of rest since their last start. The Game 3 starter, of course, is far more likely to get a second start in the NLCS, though the Cubs would prefer to use Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta for as many games as possible.
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks will start Game 2 of the NLDS, ESPN's Jesse Rogers reports. Hendricks ended the year strong, pitching a shutout through six inning in his final two starts and will look to carry it over to Game 2 of the NLDS when he faces Lance Lynn and the Cardinals.
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks took a no-decision despite throwing six shutout innings Monday against Kansas City. He gave up just two hits and two walks and struck out nine. This was one of Hendricks's best starts of the season. It had been a rough go in the second half for Hendricks to this point, as he now has quality starts in consecutive outings for the first time since July 5 and July 10. His ERA is down to 4.09.
Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (7-7) struck out eight, but gave up three runs on four hits over six innings in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday. This was a tough one for Hendricks, who pitched very well and very efficiently -- he threw just 78 pitches while going into the seventh inning -- but was sunk by bad luck and bad bullpen work. It's been an up-and-down season, but Hendricks has shown much-improved bat-missing abilities while retaining his strong control, offering plenty of promise for the long term. In the nearer future, he'll face the Royals on Monday.