One of the best ways to judge a pitcher at a glance, especially if he plays for a team that struggles to score runs, is by the number of quality starts that he has. A quality start is a start in which the starting pitcher throws at least six innings and allows no more than three runs. Chicago Cubs rookie, Kyle Hendricks has now strung together three quality starts in a row after picking up the win against the Los Angeles Dodgers last night in LA. Hendricks threw a terrific game, allowing one earned run on four hits over seven innings of work. Hendricks is now 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA on the year and has played a huge part in proving to the rest of the league that the Cubs’ future isn’t just about the hitters.
As of late, Hendricks has paired with Tsuyoshi Wada and Jake Arrieta to for a three-headed monster atop the Cubs’ rotation. In addition to Hendricks’ success, Wada has turned in two quality starts in his three appearances (and will be looking for his third QS tonight in LA), while Jake Arrieta has turned in a quality start in each of his last 10 outings.
It will be interesting to see what kind of success opposing teams have against Hendricks going forward as he becomes more well-known around the league. PETCOTA projections predict that Hendricks will go 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA in three remaining starts. Obviously Hendricks will have more than three starts the rest of the way (baring injury) but their prediction indicates that he will not be able to maintain the high level of success that he has demonstrated thus far. Weigh in now: will Kyle Hendricks pitch better or worse than his PETCOTA projections?
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