Hendricks (14-5) tossed six innings of one-run ball to record the win Tuesday against the Reds. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out three.
After a rough outing his last time out in which he allowed nine earned runs, this was a nice bounce-back effort for Hendricks, and it also helped snap a 12-game losing streak for the Cubs. The righty is unquestionably the ace of Chicago's staff, but he hasn't been as sharp this year compared to recent seasons. His current 4.04 ERA would be a new career worst, as he's been below 4.00 in each of his previous seven MLB campaigns. Hendricks still has time to whittle away at that figure, and he certainly will if he pitches like he did Tuesday night. Hendricks is tentatively lined up to make his next start Monday against the Rockies.