Hendricks agreed to a one-year, $7.405 million contract with the Cubs on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Hendricks will have at least one more season in Chicago as he currently is slated for free agency in 2020. The 29-year-old has been one of the most reliable starting pitchers in baseball over the last five years with a 3.07 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 2.1 BB/9 in 132 starts. Hendricks will once again be a key piece of the Cubs' starting rotation in 2019.
Hendricks (14-11) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two over eight innings, picking up the win Friday against St. Louis. Hendricks was spotted an early 4-0 lead and didn't give up a run until the sixth inning. The 28-year-old secured a key victory for the Cubs, who are still looking to clinch the division title with two games to go in the regular season. Hendricks owns a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 161 strikeouts through 199 innings heading into the postseason.
Hendricks (13-11) tossed 7.2 innings of one-run ball to record the win Sunday against the White Sox. He allowed four hits and struck out five. Hendricks displayed his typical good control, as he did not issue any walks and efficiently retired 23 batters on 103 pitches (73 for strikes). The righty has now strung together seven straight outings with two earned runs or fewer allowed, which has helped him lower his season ERA to a solid 3.49. Hendricks figures to make his final start of the season on Friday against the rival Cardinals, and he'll look to put an exclamation point on a strong finish to the year for fantasy owners.
Hendricks (12-11) almost went the distance on Monday against the Diamondbacks. He picked up the win by pitching 8.2 innings and allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out eight. Hendricks was dazzling on Monday as he carried a shutout into the ninth. While he gave up a leadoff homer to A.J. Pollock, it was a two-out single by Paul Goldschmidt that knocked him out of the game for good. Hendricks hasn't given up more than two runs in a start in a month, and he'll look to keep it going over the weekend against the White Sox.
Hendricks (11-11) took the loss Wednesday, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings while striking out five as the Cubs fell 5-1 to the Brewers. As per usual he pounded the zone, throwing 55 of 77 pitches for strikes, but a lack of run support doomed Hendricks to just his second loss in his last nine starts. The right-hander has a sharp 2.96 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 51:7 K:BB in 54.2 innings over that stretch, and he'll look to continue his resurgence Monday on the road against the Diamondbacks.