Chicago manager David Ross said Hendricks had a "phenomenal" early part of spring, Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Ross was expecting a big season out of the righty, though it's unclear when that season will be able to begin due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hendricks posted a 3.46 ERA in 177 innings (30 starts) for the Cubs last year, his fourth straight sub-3.50 ERA season. The 30-year-old doesn't post eye-popping strikeout totals, but he's still one of the most consistent and effective starters in the National League.
Hendricks is competing with Yu Darvish to start in Chicago's Opening Day game against the Brewers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Chicago skipper David Ross is refusing to commit to an Opening Day arm this early in spring training. Hendricks has been very sharp to begin camp, posting a dominant 1.00 ERA and 0.44 WHIP across nine innings. The 30-year-old has surpassed Jon Lester in the Cubs' starting rotation, but it has yet to be determined where teammate Yu Darvish will be slotted after dealing with an illness to begin spring. Hendricks sported a 3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 150:32 K:BB across 177 innings (30 starts) for the Cubs in 2019.
Hendricks allowed one run over four innings in Saturday's Cactus League game against Cleveland. He gave up two hits and a walk while striking out four.
The run was actually the first allowed by Hendricks in nine innings this spring, and the righty is sporting an impressive 0.44 WHIP to go along with his 1.00 ERA. Yu Darvish and Jon Lester appear to be the top candidates to start on Opening Day, but Hendricks is right behind them in the pecking order, and the 30-year-old will be a key member of the rotation no matter where he slots in.
Hendricks tossed three perfect innings with three strikeouts in Monday's Cactus League game against the Angels.
Hendricks has been dialed in to begin the spring, as he's allowed just one hit and no runs in his first five innings of work. Yu Darvish and Jon Lester might grab more headlines in Chicago, but Hendricks has been outstanding for the Cubs since his debut in 2014. Last season, the righty posted a 3.46 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across 177 innings of work, and similar numbers should be expected in 2020 from one of the league's most consistent starters.
Hendricks said he worked on strengthening his legs, as well as his right shoulder and back, in the offseason to build more stability in his delivery, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Hendricks noted that fatigue set in toward the end of his 2019 campaign, and he blamed instability in the lower half of his body for the issue. The right-hander logged 177 innings last year, down from the 199 he posted in 2018. Hendricks said he hopes the offseason conditioning helps him reach 200 innings, a mark he has yet to hit in his six-year MLB career.
Hendricks will not make another start this season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Cubs have yet to announce who will start Sunday's season finale in place of Hendricks, but the right-hander will sit out the rest of the season with Chicago eliminated from the postseason chase. Across 30 starts this season, Hendricks went 11-10 while posting a 3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 150:32 K:BB in 177 innings.
Hendricks (11-10) allowed six runs (five earned) over six innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Pirates. He gave up six hits and struck out five.
Hendricks was on cruise control through six innings but saw the wheels fall off in the seventh, when he started the frame by allowing five straight hits before getting the hook. Pittsburgh ultimately scored seven times in the inning, dealing a crippling blow to the Cubs' already slim chances of making the playoffs. Hendricks lines up to start one more time this year Sunday against the Cardinals.
Hendricks didn't factor into the decision against the Cardinals on Thursday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings, striking out six and walking one as the Cubs eventually fell 5-4.
Hendricks had given up just one run in each of his last three starts, but he couldn't keep it going in this contest, with the Cardinals tagging him for three of his four earned runs in the fifth and sixth innings before chasing him from the contest after 95 pitches. The right-hander still sports solid numbers, with a 3.37 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 145:32 K:BB across 171 innings. He's scheduled to take the mound for his final start of the regular season in a Wednesday road matchup against the Pirates.
Hendricks (11-9) picked up the win against the Pirates on Saturday, giving up one run on seven hits over six innings, striking out two and walking none as the Cubs won 14-1.
Hendricks was able to cruise to his 11th victory with heavy run support. It was the 29-year-old's third consecutive strong outing, a stretch of starts during which he's logged 17.2 innings while allowing just three earned runs. Overall, Hendricks is sporting a 3.26 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 139:31 K:BB across 165.2 innings. His next start will be Thursday at home against the Cardinals.
Hendricks (10-9) picked up the win against the Padres on Monday, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits over 5.2 innings, striking out five and walking one as the Cubs won 10-2.
Hendricks did his job in a game where he was spotted plenty of run support, cruising to his 10th victory to mark the third time in the last four seasons he's reached double-digit wins. He's suffered a couple of blowups recently, but it's been another strong campaign overall for the 29-year-old right-hander, who is sporting a 3.33 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 137:31 K:BB across 159.2 innings.
Hendricks will start Monday in San Diego, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Cubs have decided to flip-flop Hendricks and Jon Lester in the rotation order; Lester is now starting Sunday's series finale in Milwaukee. This assures that Hendricks will be available to start a game during the team's Sept. 19-22 series against the Cardinals. Hendricks has allowed one run in 23 innings against St. Louis this season.
Hendricks gave up one run on three hits and one walk while striking out seven through six innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Monday.
Hendricks was incredibly efficient, throwing just 81 pitches and striking out seven through his six innings of work. Hendricks has been excellent at home, posting a 1.77 ERA. The 29-year-old has a 3.39 ERA and 132 strikeouts through 26 starts this season. Hendricks is scheduled to make his next start Sunday at Miller Park.
Hendricks allowed six earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three across 4.2 innings Wednesday against the Mets. He did not factor into the decision.
Hendricks was given a 10-run lead but couldn't escape the fifth inning to qualify for a win. Instead, he allowed back-to-back homers in his final frame before allowing three of the next four batters he faced to reach base, ending his outing. While Hendricks has pitched exceptionally well since the start of July, he allowed seven earned runs across 2.2 innings just three starts ago. Despite the few recent rough patches, Hendricks still owns a 3.47 ERA and 1.12 WHIP across 148 innings for the campaign. He'll look to bounce back in his next start, currently scheduled for Monday against Seattle.
Hendricks (9-9) pitched seven scoreless innings to earn the win Thursday against the Giants. He allowed three hits and no walks, while striking out seven.
The Cubs only mustered one run, but Hendricks made it count. The righty posted his second straight strong start, as he allowed just a single run over seven innings his last time out against Pittsburgh. The good stretch has bumped his season ERA down to 3.20, and Hendricks will look to keep it going Wednesday on the road against the Mets.
Hendricks allowed one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout across seven innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday.
Pirates starter Joe Musgrove and Hendricks squared off in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel at PNC Park on Friday, as the pair mowed down batters for seven innings. Musgrove ran into trouble in the eighth, putting Hendricks in line for the win, but the Cubs bullpen blew the lead. Still, this was a great way for the right-hander to bounce back after he allowed seven runs on 12 hits in 2.2 innings during his last outing. Hendricks, who will start next at home against the Giants on Thursday, is 8-9 with a 3.37 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 115 strikeouts in 136.1 innings this season.
Hendricks (8-9) allowed seven runs in 2.2 innings to take the loss against the Reds on Saturday. He gave up 12 hits while striking out two.
Cincinnati rookie Aristides Aquino took Hendricks deep twice, and the righty also gave up a home run to Nick Senzel. The seven runs are the most Hendricks has allowed in a start since Apr. 26, though he at least managed to go five innings in that outing. The clunker raised his season ERA from 3.06 to 3.48. Hendricks will look to get back on track his next time out Friday against the Pirates.
Hendricks didn't factor into the decision against the Athletics on Monday, giving up two earned runs on one hit over 6.1 innings, striking out five and walking two as the Cubs eventually prevailed 6-5.
Hendricks yielded a two-run homer to Marcus Semien in the third inning, but that was the only hit he gave up in the contest, as he churned out another excellent stat line. The right-hander has now given up two runs or fewer and thrown at least five innings in each of his last five starts, a stretch that has lowered his ERA to 3.06 and his WHIP to 1.09 through 126.2 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling in his next start, which will see him take on the Reds in a Saturday road matchup.
Hendricks (8-8) pitched seven scoreless innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Cardinals. He scattered seven hits and recorded seven strikeouts while not allowing any walks.
Hendricks came up big in a critical spot, as the Cubs tied St. Louis for first in the NL Central with the win. The righty has allowed two runs or fewer in six straight starts to lower his season ERA to a sparkling 3.07. Hendricks will look to keep rolling in his next scheduled outing Monday against the Athletics.
Hendricks logged five scoreless innings but did not factor into the decision in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Brewers. He allowed two hits and two walks, while striking out five.
Hendricks was sharp through five innings, but the Cubs decided to pinch hit for the righty in the top of the sixth after scoring the first two runs of the game on a home run a batter earlier. However, the Chicago bullpen let Hendricks down, allowing a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to waste his chance at win No. 8. The 29-year-old will carry a strong 3.26 ERA into his next start, which is scheduled for Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Hendricks will start Friday's game against the Brewers, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Hendricks originally lined up to start Saturday's contest, but manager Joe Maddon opted to shuffle his rotation following Thursday's scheduled off day. The 29-year-old has a 3.60 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 20:7 K:BB in four starts since coming off the injured list in early July.
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