Hendricks (6-4) earned the win Friday after holding the Twins scoreless with 10 strikeouts across eight innings. He allowed three hits and one walk.
Hendricks whiffed a season-high 10 batters to help the Cubs win their fifth straight game. After tossing 104 pitches -- including 73 for strikes -- the right-hander fell just shy of recording his fifth career shutout and second of the season. Hendricks now sports a 1.21 ERA in September and a 2.93 ERA overall across 11 starts. The 30-year-old will look to continue his success with a favorable matchup Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Hendricks covered 7.2 innings and didn't factor into the decision Saturday in the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Brewers. He gave up two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven.
Hendricks wasn't quite as good as he was in his previous matchup with Milwaukee on Opening Day -- a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts -- but he still delivered another stellar outing to drop his season ERA and WHIP to 3.29 and 1.05, respectively. He was on the hook for the loss after departing with the Cubs facing a 2-0 deficit, but a three-run home run by Jason Heyward and a solo shot by Ildemaro Vargas in the ninth inning spared Hendricks from dropping to 5-5. Saturday's game was the first time in his 10 starts this season that Hendricks didn't factor into a decision.
Hendricks (5-4) picked up the win Monday against the Cardinals, allowing one run on seven hits across eight innings. He fanned four and did not issue a walk.
Hendricks followed his strong Sept. 2 outing against Pittsburgh with an even better performance Monday. Although the Cardinals were able to grind out seven knocks, the right-hander did not walk a batter while surrendering just the one run on Matt Wieters's seventh-inning single. Hendricks has allowed just two runs across 14 innings during his last two outings, and will take a 3.41 ERA into his start against Milwaukee on Saturday.
Hendricks (4-4) allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out six across six innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Pirates.
Hendricks allowed seven baserunners through four innings, but limited the Pirates to just two extra-base hits to avoid any major damage. Despite the strong performance, Hendricks did allow a solo home run to Colin Moran, and has now surrendered at least one long ball in each of his last four starts. Despite that, Hendricks maintains a solid 3.78 ERA with a 40:6 K:BB across 50 innings this season. He's in line to draw his next start Monday against St. Louis.
Hendricks (3-4) allowed five runs on 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Reds on Friday. He struck out six and did not issue a walk.
Hendricks' two worst starts this season have come in Great American Ball Park; he's allowed 11 of his 20 total earned runs and three of his six homers in those two starts. He had to deal with some rain in addition to the small dimensions Friday, and Hendricks now has an ERA north of 4.00 on the season after beginning his year with an Opening Day shutout. However, Hendricks is still pretty much in line with expectations and things will get a bit easier with a road start in Pittsburgh next up, followed by a home start against the Cardinals.
Hendricks (3-3) allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three across 5.1 innings to take the loss Saturday against the White Sox.
Hendricks surrendered two home runs, one in the second inning and the other to lead off the sixth inning. He was fairly strong in between, allowing only one other extra-base hit. Despite taking consecutive losses, Hendricks still maintains a 3.55 ERA and impressive 28:4 K:BB across 38 innings this season. He's penciled in to take his next turn through the rotation Friday at Cincinnati.
Hendricks (3-2) took the loss in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Cardinals after allowing three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out five over 6.1 innings.
Hendricks surrendered a solo blast in the third inning, and he was touched up for two more runs in the top of the seventh following a Brad Miller double with the bases loaded. Rowan Wick gave up the double, but Hendricks was responsible for the two runs that crossed the plate. The veteran right-hander sits with a 3.31 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with a 25:3 K:BB across 32.2 frames.
Hendricks (3-1) allowed one earned run on seven hits and no walks while striking out five across six innings to earn the win Wednesday against Cleveland.
Hendricks faced more than four Cleveland hitters in only one inning to put together his third quality start of the campaign. His only trouble came in the fifth frame, when he allowed three singles and the only run against him to cross the plate. Through 26.1 innings this season, Hendricks maintains a 3.08 ERA and a stellar 20:2 K:BB. He's currently in line to make his fifth start of the campaign Monday against St. Louis.
Hendricks is scheduled to start Wednesday against Cleveland, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Hendricks was originally scheduled to pitch this past Sunday against the Cardinals, but the entire series was wiped out due to a coronavirus outbreak in the St. Louis organization. The righty will now take the mound Wednesday, which will be eight days after his most recent start. Hendricks has had two good outings this season sandwiched around one bad start, and he'll carry a 3.54 ERA and 0.93 WHIP into his next trip to the hill.
Kendricks (2-1) earned the win against Kansas City on Tuesday, tossing seven innings and allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out three.
Kendricks followed a rough second outing with an effective performance in his third start Tuesday, tossing 62 of 94 pitches for strikes and allowing only one extra-base hit among the seven base knocks against him. The right-hander was quiet on the strikeout front, but he didn't allow any free passes and emerged with his second win -- and second quality start -- of the campaign. Hendricks' next start is scheduled for Sunday on the road against St. Louis.
Hendricks (1-1) allowed six earned runs on seven hits across 4.1 innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Reds. He struck out three and walked two.
This outing was starkly different from Opening Day, when Hendricks threw a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts. He was hit hardest in the fifth inning Wednesday, when the Reds scored seven times and chased him from the game. The righty's track record suggests he's closer to the pitcher he was in his first start versus his second start, so chalk this one up as a dud on the road in a hitter's park. Hendricks will take the hill again Monday against a less formidable Kansas City lineup.
Hendricks threw a shutout against the Brewers on Opening Day. He allowed three hits, struck out nine and did not issue a walk.
Hendricks did more than enough to justify the Opening Day nod over Yu Darvish with this masterful performance. As noted by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Hendricks had 19 swinging strikes Friday, the second-highest single-game total of his career. The changeup had hitters out in front and his command was sharp. Hendricks lines up for a road start in Cincinnati next week before a two-step the week of Aug. 3.
Hendricks said he worked on his curveball while play was suspended due to the coronavirus, and he could use the pitch more in 2020, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Hendricks worked on his grip over the past few months, and the work has apparently paid off, as the righty noted that "it's the best my curveball's felt." In his final summer camp tune-up Sunday against the White Sox, he used the pitch 14 percent of the time, as compared to 9.5 percent of the time in 2019. Hendricks has primarily featured a sinker and changeup during his time in the majors, but increased confidence in his curveball could lead to an uptick in usage.
Hendricks allowed three earned runs across 4.2 innings in Sunday's exhibition game against the White Sox. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out two.
Hendricks allowed just one run before departing after tossing 83 pitches, but Jharel Cotton let a few inherited runners cross the plate. The final line isn't especially important as Hendricks was using this start as his final tune-up before Opening Day. It was good to see the righty get past the 80-pitch mark, and he should be good for 90 or more pitches against the Brewers in the opener.
Hendricks will start against the Brewers on Opening Day, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hendricks will get the ball first for Chicago during the shortened 2020 season after impressing during spring training and summer camp. The right-hander will be followed by Yu Darvish. Across 30 starts last season, Hendricks posted a 3.46 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 177 innings.
Hendricks was sharp in Tuesday's intrasquad game, allowing just a single hit across 6.1 scoreless innings, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Because it was a scrimmage, the team had Hendricks record four outs in his sixth inning of work. The righty passed the test and looked comfortable as he got right around 70 pitches for the night. Yu Darvish is the presumptive Opening Day starter, but Hendricks looked sharp in spring training before play was suspended and has continued to pitch well in summer camp. He also happened to outperform Darvish in their head-to-head matchup Tuesday. The team hasn't said anything about who will start Opening Day, but Hendricks has certainly done all he can to earn the assignment.
Hendricks threw three scoreless innings during an intrasquad game Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Hendricks faced off against Yu Darvish, as the two are expected to headline the Cubs' staff this year, likely with Darvish getting the nod on Opening Day. Hendricks reportedly looked sharp in spring camp before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he figures to be a strong fantasy play in 2020 after posting a 3.46 ERA across 177 innings last season.
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.
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