Hendricks (13-4) picked up the win in Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Nationals, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out three. The veteran right-hander wasn't fazed by the depleted lineup behind him following a busy trade deadline for the Cubs, as he tossed 71 of 100 pitches for strikes en route to his fifth quality start in his last six outings and his 16th of the season. Hendricks will take a 3.71 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 94:26 K:BB through 128.2 innings into his next start.
Hendricks didn't factor into the decision Monday against the Reds after allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks while fanning four across 4.1 innings. Hendricks entered Monday's contest carrying a 2.19 ERA in three July starts, but the wheels came off in this one. He wasn't comfortable at any point of the game, resulting in the first time in his last 14 starts that he couldn't complete at least five innings. The right-hander will attempt to deliver a bounce-back performance in his next start, scheduled for the upcoming weekend series against the Nationals on the road.
Hendricks pitched 6.1 innings during Wednesday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to St. Louis, allowing two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. He didn't factor into the decision. Hendricks cruised through six innings but allowed two hits and a run in the seventh before departing. He would have been the loser if not for Eric Sogard's tying hit in the ninth. This was Hendricks' 12th quality start in his last 13 appearances. Interestingly enough, three of his four lowest strikeout totals this season have come against the Cardinals.
Hendricks (12-4) won Friday's 5-1 victory over Arizona, allowing one run on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings. Hendricks breezed through the first two innings but allowed his only run in the third and loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, though he was able to escape the jam. The soft-tossing righty's 101 pitches are tied for his second most on the season and his 12 wins tie him with Julio Urias for the MLB lead. He'll take a 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 84:23 K:BB into next week's scheduled start against St. Louis.
Hendricks (11-4) allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out one in 6.1 innings Friday, earning the win in a 10-5 victory over the Cardinals. It was the righty's 10th quality start in his last 11 outings, and he now has 13 such starts in 18 games this season. Hendricks' 11 wins are tied with Julio Urias for the major-league lead. The Cubs' rotation as a whole has been miserable in recent weeks, but Hendricks has only gotten better after an up-and-down April and slightly more consistent May. He'll take a 3.77 ERA into the All-Star break and presumably start Chicago's second-half opener next Friday in Arizona.
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