Hendricks Gets the Nod in Game 1 of NLDS

I wrote about the importance of Kyle Hendricks to the Cubs rotation here. Hendricks has made 13 starts since his return from the DL. In those 13 starts, Hendricks hasn’t given up more than 3 runs in any of them.

Coming off the DL in July, Hendricks posted a 4.05 ERA. Heading into the postseason, Hendricks has an ERA of 3.03. His ERA has literally dropped in almost every single start since returning from the DL. He proved to be the anchor the Cubs needed down the stretch and has been a big part of the Cubs turnaround in the second half. That is why he gets the nod on Friday night in game one of the NLDS in D.C and I couldn’t be more excited.

Take a look at his statistics since returning from the DL below:

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If the Cubs make a deep run into October, Kyle Hendricks will be a major part of it. He proved in last year’s postseason how valuable he is and I think we are just starting to see what “The Professor” is capable of. I would not be surprised to see him get the nod opening day next year and be the Cubs ace of the future.

Lester had some great comments on the progress of Kyle Hendricks. You can watch the video here.

Let’s keep in mind Hendricks has managed to put up consistent numbers his entire major league career all while throwing his fastball at 86-88 mph. This is a true testament of hard work and proper game planning.

Kyle sets a great example for every young pitcher to follow. He has proven time and time again that it’s not all about velocity. His repertoire relies on movement and location and I feel that often gets overlooked in today’s game.

I’m looking forward to see Hendricks go up against a powerful Nationals lineup. Don’t be surprised if you see him pick off a guy or two this postseason as well because he owns one of the best pickoff moves in the game.

Buckle your seats Cubs fans, class is in session.


– Josh Schaffer

Twitter: @j_schaffs


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