Hendriks has been named the 2020 American League Reliever of the Year, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hendriks dominated in the shortnered campaign, maintaining a 1.78 ERA and 0.67 WHIP across 25.1 innings. He also racked up 14 saves, good for second in the league behind Brad Hand. Hendriks has proven to be one of the elite relievers in the league across the past two seasons by racking up saves while also recording elite ratios and strikeouts.
Hendriks was credited with the victory in the Athletics' ALDS Game 3 win over the Astros on Wednesday, allowing one hit and recording four strikeouts over three scoreless innings. Hendriks earned the win and threw 26 of his 33 pitches for strikes. The 31-year-old recorded 14 saves during the regular season while posting an impressive 1.78 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. His impressive performance could not have come at a better time for an Oakland team that was trying to save off elimination.
Hendriks allowed one hit and struck out three without walking a batter in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to convert the save during a Game 3 win over the White Sox. The 31-year-old labored during Game 2 and needed 49 pitches to record five outs while surrendering two runs, yet he still managed to come back a day later to secure the series-clinching win for Oakland. Hendriks clearly remains manager Bob Melvin's most trusted bullpen arm after posting a 1.78 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 37:3 K:BB over 25.1 innings this season.
Hendriks gave up two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five in 1.2 innings Wednesday against the White Sox. Manager Bob Melvin wanted Hendriks to get the final six outs of this pivotal Game 2, but he wasn't up to the task. He came in with a 5-1 lead and threw a season-high 49 pitches before Jake Diekman came on to get the final out. Thursday's Game 3 is a deciding game, but even so, Hendriks is probably unavailable after Wednesday's usage.
Hendriks (3-1) took the loss during Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mariners after allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits with one strikeout and zero walks over 1.1 innings. The right-hander delivered a clean seventh inning to help force extras, but he was unable to replicate that performance during the eighth and was tagged with his first loss of the season. Hendriks still boasts an impressive 1.78 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 37:3 K:BB over 25.1 innings while going 14-for-15 in save opportunities this season.
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