After their hot start in April that extended into May, nobody could blame the Cubs for settling into a rhythm that at times seemed to cause people to scratch their heads in disbelief, “Is this the same team?” but since the All Star break the Cubs have been on a tear and the rhythm went from a Chuck Berry swagger to a Barry Manilow sing a long and now sounds like a loud menacing Led Zeppelin stomp.
Yeah, I didn’t think it made too much sense either but it sounded real good.
Kyle Hendricks delivered another potential Cy Young performance in the Cubs 5-0 victory over the Miami Marlins. In his second career shutout, Hendricks rocked the fish with his three chord change up(stay with me,I’m on a roll) and as an encore, he gave the forty thousand plus a reason to go home happy throwing his third career complete game.
“With the bullpen being somewhat depleted, we needed that tonight and he absolutely nailed it,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Hendricks. “Everything he did tonight was stellar. … Right now, he’s he’s one of the best pitchers in the National League, period.”
I may seem a little enthusiastic when it comes to Hendricks but the numbers don’t lie, he’s got the best ERA at home with 1.06. This is in the last nine games and those fine folks who decide on the Cy Young winner must consider Kyle Hendricks. his record is 10-7, not exactly in the same conversation as the other all stars but when managers heap praise on you the way that Joe Maddon does, he becomes one of the most valuable players on the squad. Mark my words, if and when the Cubs raise that golden flagged trophy over their heads, Kyle Hendricks will be one of the main reasons they got there.
“It’s pretty beautiful to watch,” Maddon said. “He’s a humble man, he does his work, he’s a great team player. He’s just a joy to be around and then he goes and does that. With good health, he’ll continue to do that for a while.”
Hendricks is a very humble guy and is a true representation of how ballplayers should carry themselves.
“This is definitely the best I’ve pitched, the most confident I’ve been,” Hendricks said. “It’s been a development all year long.”