Hendricks allowed seven earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one across 3.2 innings Thursday against the Phillies. He did not factor into the decision. Hendricks was handed a seven-run lead in the third inning, but he gave it all up just one frame later. Though he didn't allow a home run, Hendricks surrendered two doubles, four singles and also hit two batters in the fourth inning alone. Hendricks has now surrendered at least four earned runs in five of his last eight appearances, although he has recorded quality starts in the other three outings. As a result of this poor stretch, Hendricks has a 4.81 ERA across 170.1 innings on the campaign.
Hendricks allowed six runs on five hits and three walks with one strikeout in 4.1 innings versus Pittsburgh on Saturday. He did not factor in the decision. The right-hander looked destined for a loss until the Cubs made a three-run rally for the walkoff win in the ninth inning. Hendricks has still struggled mightily lately, allowing four or more runs in four of his last five starts. He's seen his ERA inflate to 4.65 with a 1.36 WHIP and 118:38 K:BB across 160.2 innings overall. The 31-year-old could have trouble snapping his skid during next weekend's three-game series versus San Francisco.
Hendricks (14-6) was tagged for eight runs across 4.2 innings and took the loss Sunday against the White Sox. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out four. For the second time this month, Hendricks allowed at least eight runs in a start. Home runs did in the righty Sunday, as he allowed three long balls, which accounted for six of the eight runs charged to Hendricks. The 31-year-old came into Sunday tied for the MLB lead with 14 wins, but he hasn't been as sharp this season as in years past. His 4.43 ERA is more than a run higher than his career mark of 3.29. Hendricks will look to get back on track in his next scheduled outing, which is currently lined up for Sept. 5 against the Pirates.
Hendricks allowed four runs on nine hits over seven innings in Monday's win over the Rockies. He struck out six and did not factor in the decision. Colorado jumped on Hendricks early, putting up three runs in the first inning, including a two-run base hit by Sam Hilliard. He settled in and allowed just one Rockie to reach scoring position over the next five innings until he coughed up another run in the seventh. It was his first start since July 21 where he didn't issue a walk, improving his season K:BB to 113:33. Hendricks will carry a 4.09 ERA into his projected road start against the White Sox this weekend.
Hendricks (14-5) tossed six innings of one-run ball to record the win Tuesday against the Reds. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out three. After a rough outing his last time out in which he allowed nine earned runs, this was a nice bounce-back effort for Hendricks, and it also helped snap a 12-game losing streak for the Cubs. The righty is unquestionably the ace of Chicago's staff, but he hasn't been as sharp this year compared to recent seasons. His current 4.04 ERA would be a new career worst, as he's been below 4.00 in each of his previous seven MLB campaigns. Hendricks still has time to whittle away at that figure, and he certainly will if he pitches like he did Tuesday night. Hendricks is tentatively lined up to make his next start Monday against the Rockies.
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