Hendricks took the loss the the Marlins on Wednesday in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series. He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three over 6.1 innings. Hendricks hung zeros on the scoreboard through six, but Corey Dickerson touched the right-hander up for a three-run homer in the seventh before the Marlins tacked on two more against Jeremy Jeffress. That was enough to saddle Hendricks with the loss, and he will need his team to rally in this short, best-of-three series to have a chance to start again in 2020. The 30-year-old turned in another stellar regular season in the ratios categories; his strikeout rate remained right around 20 percent, but he cut his already-low walk rate to a mere 2.5 percent.
Hendricks (6-5) allowed two runs on seven hits (two home runs) and a walk while striking out three across 7.2 innings Wednesday as he took the loss against the Pirates. Hendricks got off to a bumpy start by allowing back-to-back home runs to Adam Frazier and Ke'Bryan Hayes to lead off the first but was lights out for the rest of the game. The right-hander generated 19 of his 23 outs via either groundball or flyout as he primarily relied on his changeup and sinker to induce weak contact. Wednesday was Hendricks' last start of the regular season and he finished with a 2.88 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 64:8 K:BB while leading the majors with 81.1 innings pitched. The 30-year-old figures to slot in behind Yu Darvish as the Cubs' No. 2 rotation option come playoff time.
Hendricks (6-4) earned the win Friday after holding the Twins scoreless with 10 strikeouts across eight innings. He allowed three hits and one walk. Hendricks whiffed a season-high 10 batters to help the Cubs win their fifth straight game. After tossing 104 pitches -- including 73 for strikes -- the right-hander fell just shy of recording his fifth career shutout and second of the season. Hendricks now sports a 1.21 ERA in September and a 2.93 ERA overall across 11 starts. The 30-year-old will look to continue his success with a favorable matchup Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Hendricks covered 7.2 innings and didn't factor into the decision Saturday in the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Brewers. He gave up two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven. Hendricks wasn't quite as good as he was in his previous matchup with Milwaukee on Opening Day -- a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts -- but he still delivered another stellar outing to drop his season ERA and WHIP to 3.29 and 1.05, respectively. He was on the hook for the loss after departing with the Cubs facing a 2-0 deficit, but a three-run home run by Jason Heyward and a solo shot by Ildemaro Vargas in the ninth inning spared Hendricks from dropping to 5-5. Saturday's game was the first time in his 10 starts this season that Hendricks didn't factor into a decision.
Hendricks (5-4) picked up the win Monday against the Cardinals, allowing one run on seven hits across eight innings. He fanned four and did not issue a walk. Hendricks followed his strong Sept. 2 outing against Pittsburgh with an even better performance Monday. Although the Cardinals were able to grind out seven knocks, the right-hander did not walk a batter while surrendering just the one run on Matt Wieters's seventh-inning single. Hendricks has allowed just two runs across 14 innings during his last two outings, and will take a 3.41 ERA into his start against Milwaukee on Saturday.