Last night’s performance definitely grabbed the attention of Cy Young voters. Kyle Hendricks was three outs away from a no-hitter when he allowed a lead off home run to Jeremy Hazelbaker on a 0-2 count. That ended the night for the Cubs righty, but his performance still deserves great recognition.
During his post game interview, the 26 year old mentioned that his bullpen leading up to his start may have been his worst of the season. Hendricks does not have the stuff that blows hitters away, and instead pitches to contact and relies on his defense to make plays for him. That definitely happened last night with many great defensive plays from Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, and Jason Hayward.
With his impressive start last night, Hendricks improves to 15-7 with a 2.03 ERA. In 20 straight starts, since the middle of May, Hendricks has given up three runs or fewer. He has been the backbone of this staff, especially during its rough stretch right before the All-Star break.
Hendricks will have some stiff competition in the form of Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, teammate Jake Arrieta, and Max Scherzer. Hendricks has been the most reliable for his team who leads all of Major League Baseball in wins, with 92, and with 19 games remaining, or three starts left for Kyle, he can either run away with the trophy, or give it up to someone else.