Hendriks (5-2) allowed a hit and struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, earning a victory over Cleveland. Hendriks came into a tied game and worked around a two-out single by Franmil Reyes to hold the game at 1-1. He picked up the win after Brian Goodwin's walkoff homer the next half-inning. The 32-year-old righty is 5-2 with 26 saves and a 2.47 ERA through 47.1 innings.
Hendriks struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning Friday, earning a save over Cleveland. Hendriks was his usual dominant self Friday, recording two strikeouts and preserving the 6-4 lead while needing only 16 pitches (11 strikes). The 32-year-old righty is sporting a 2.53 ERA and he's converted 26 of his 31 save opportunities. It's unclear how he and Craig Kimbrel will split save chances moving forward, but Hendriks will still be worth rostering in most fantasy formats, largely due to his insane 73:5 K:BB through 46.1 frames.
Hendriks will have to share his closer role with the newly acquired Craig Kimbrel down the stretch, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Henriks looked like one of the safest closers around, as he's coming off back-to-back seasons with an ERA of 1.80 or below and owns a well-supported 2.58 ERA this season to go with his 25 saves, the second-highest total in the league. Kimbrel appears to be just as strong of a weapon, however, as he's bounced back from a couple of surprisingly poor seasons and is back in peak form, cruising to an 0.49 ERA and 46.7 percent strikeout rate, both of which represent the top marks among qualified relievers. For now, the White Sox intend to give both pitchers save opportunities, though the exact split between the two may take some time to become clear.
Hendriks was tagged with a blown save against the Royals on Wednesday as a result of giving up one run on a solo homer over one inning. The veteran reliever retired the first batter he faced after being called upon to close out the contest, but Salvador Perez then took him deep to left field to tie the game. The blown save was Hendriks' fifth of the season and first since July 11. He still carries a strong 2.58 ERA and an absurd 71:5 K:BB overall.
Hendriks struck out one and did not allow a baserunner in a scoreless inning to earn the save Tuesday against the Royals. Hendriks was handed a two-run lead, and he needed only 14 pitches to tally his 25th save of the season. After allowing five earned runs across an eight-inning span in seven appearances from June 26 to July 11, Hendriks has now turned in four consecutive scoreless outings. Overall, he has a 2.44 ERA with 71 strikeouts across 44.1 frames.
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