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Cubs Quick Hits: Hendricks Threw Mostly Four-Seamers in Playoffs

Kyle Hendricks usually gets batters out by throwing his his sharp-tailing sinker once every two pitches, but he didn’t rely on it nearly as much during the 2016 playoffs. Instead, he worked mostly off of the four-seam fastball. In October, for the first time all year, he threw more four-seamers than sinkers. The graph above illustrates that Hendricks actually threw a four-seamer...
Via Cubs Insider
22 hours ago

Kyle Hendricks: The master of adaptation

Kyle Hendricks is an expert at adapting to his environment and now will have to learn how to live the "rock star" life following the Cubs' championship.
Via CSN Chicago
16 days ago

Kyle Hendricks Doesn’t Have to Regress

Kyle Hendricks was never supposed to be this good. But, after making a few adjustments and in a few years, Hendricks went from a back of the rotation starter to a legitimate Cy Young candidate. Mike Petriello even included him on his Top 10 starting pitchers for 2017—omitting Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta. In some […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding the Next Kyle Hendricks

Over 450 innings into his major-league career, Kyle Hendricks possesses both an ERA under 3.00 and a third-place finish in Cy Young voting. That’s impressive. Even after accounting for the regression he’s likely to experience in the future, he’s nevertheless proven himself to be an apt pitcher at the major-league level, something that we didn’t see coming as he ascended the...
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon laughs at critics of his bullpen management

Joe Maddon sure received a lot of criticism for a guy who led the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. Maddon’s use of his bullpen and pitching staff was unconventional, but it produced undeniable results. His usage of Aroldis Chapman in particular received a lot of criticism, including some from the pitcher himself. But speaking from his annual Thanksmas...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 12, 2017  |  Discuss

The Evolving Curveball of Kyle Hendricks

As you’ve likely heard, the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in seven decades will be played this evening. The starting assignment belongs to Kyle Hendricks, the soft-tossing right-hander lovingly known as “The Professor.” At this point, Hendricks has done enough to convince the attentive fan that he’s an above-average major-league pitcher. While many of us were on...
Via Fangraphs
October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Kershaw: Hendricks is like the Greg Maddux of this generation

Clayton Kershaw offered high praise when asked about Cubs starter and NLCS Game 6 opponent Kyle Hendricks. Speaking with media, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace compared the 26-year-old soft-thrower to Atlanta Braves legend, Greg Maddux, praising his ability at changing speeds and throwing pitches in the right place. “Well, he obviously had an amazing year,” Kershaw admitted in...
Via The Outside Corner
October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Cubs pitcher Travis Wood homers after being forced into action

A injury to your starting pitcher is never a good thing especially in a playoff game. That is except when it somehow leads to your relief pitcher hitting an unexpected jack. An injury to starter Kyle Hendricks forced Chicago Cubs pitcher Travis Wood into the game in a moments notice, something that could seem like something straight out of a made for TV movie. Only adding to the...
Via The Comeback
October 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Kyle Hendricks leaves game after being hit by liner (VIDEO)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks had his breakout season this year, but his first playoff start of the season was cut short. Hendricks excited the game in the fourth inning after getting hit in the arm by a liner, which happened when Angel Pagan hit a changeup right back at him. The ball hit Hendricks right in the forearm, and the team was not taking any chances with a lead, so...
Via The Sports Daily
October 08, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: STL: Should Kyle Hendricks win the Cy Young Award?

The SportsTalk Live panel discusses whether Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks should win the National League Cy Young Award.
Via CSN Chicago
September 13, 2016  |  Discuss

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