I like Kyle Hendricks, I like him a lot. There’s an aura surrounding him that makes me think that someday he could be a Hall of Famer. Sure, you laugh about that now and think that the frost in Canada must be affecting my brain, but the reality is this:
Kyle Hendricks has some nasty stuff in the tank. Despite the Cubs loss to the Cardinals, 7-4 last night and giving up four runs, both the Cubs and I still believe in the guy.
“Hitting guys, walking guys, that’s not what I do,” Hendricks said. “It’s just not there right now. I’ve obviously got to make a change.”
Whatever change works for you Kyle, you’re young and we all know that baseball is one hilarious game. It could be your shoelaces aren’t the right colour but yes, you do have to make a change.
Here’s why a lot of folks don’t like the game of baseball. It’s all in the head. It’s not as much a physical game as a mental game. A pitcher is alone on the mound. That pitcher is throwing a 90+ mile an hour piece of rubber and leather facing the potential of it being hit back at them faster.
Are you crazy?
Then suddenly the focus and the mechanism kicks in and that pitcher is picking corners and to the batter all he’s seeing is this blur, this sphere of humiliation in front of 40 000 spectators.
“Honestly, my confidence was there today,” Hendricks said. “I got kind of rolling but couldn’t get a 1-2-3 inning. Too many baserunners. I just don’t have that feel. I know I can get guys out at this level. It’s just getting that feel.”
That’s where legends are born. On that big pile of dirt in the middle of a diamond. The jewel that Ryan, Johnson and Kershaw mined.
“I have a lot of faith in this guy,” Joe Maddon said. “I don’t think everything is working for him right now. The ball doesn’t have that typical sink because he’s a heavy groundball pitcher and you’re not seeing that now. That tells you the pitch is more flat than down.”
You’ll get it back Kyle.