Hendricks will start Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Hendricks is expected to take the mound against either Gio Gonzalez or Tanner Roark in the decisive Game 5. The 27-year-old picked up a win in Game 1 of the series, tossing seven scoreless innings and allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out six.
Hendricks will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Saturday, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports. Hendricks will likely take the mound opposite Stephen Strasburg -- although Washington hasn't released its rotation just yet -- for the opening contest at Nationals Park. Manager Joe Maddon attributed this decision to Hendricks' big-game experience, as well as how he matched up against Washington to go along with his stats in the second half of this season. Following the right-hander will be Jon Lester in Game 2, and then Jose Quintana and Jake Arrieta, if necessary, back at Wrigley Field. Since the All-Star break, Hendricks has posted a 2.19 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with a 72:19 K:BB over 13 starts.
Hendricks is a possibility to start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Nationals after his strong finish to the regular season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. While Jake Arrieta has been dealing with a hamstring issue and Jon Lester has struggled in September, Hendricks has a 2.01 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 31.1 innings this month. "He might be pitching as well as anybody in the National League right now," manager Joe Maddon said. Maddon didn't go so far as to announce his rotation, and with the series not starting until next Friday, he might wait until next week.
Hendricks allowed just four hits with one walk and nine strikeouts over five scoreless innings in Thursday's no-decision at St. Louis. Hendricks was removed from the game after 81 pitches in an effort to ensure that his tank will be full for next week's NLDS start against Washington. He was in line for the win with a 1-0 lead upon exiting, but quickly saw that possibility erased when St. Louis generated a sixth-inning run against reliever Justin Grimm. Hendricks wraps up the regular season with a 7-5 record and 3.03 ERA in 24 starts while finishing strong with eight consecutive quality starts prior to this short yet dominant outing.
Hendricks allowed one earned run over six innings in Saturday's loss to the Brewers. He gave up eight hits, posted a 6:1 K:BB, and did not factor into the decision. Hendricks has allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of his last 12 starts, but the Cubs' offense could not do enough damage to get him a win Saturday. Hendricks is set to make one more start before the regular season concludes, next Thursday against the Cardinals.
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