Kyle Hendricks officially has the best earned run average in Major League Baseball
Kyle Hendricks took over the top spot in earned run average in baseball on Saturday when the Dodgers game became official and Clayton Kershaw, who has been on the DL since July 1, lost his eligibility. Hendricks allowed one run on Friday night at Coors Field, but received a no-decision, and left his six-inning start with a 2.16 ERA.
Hendricks has a slightly better ERA than Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner (2.25). The Tigers’ Michael Fulmer (2.58), Royals’ Danny Duffy (2.73), the Mets’ Jacob DeGrom (2.73), Jason Hammel (2.75), Jake Arrieta (2.75), the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard (2.76), the Rangers’ Cole Hamels (2.80) and the White Sox’s Jose Quintana (2.85) round out the top 10.
Hendricks is fourth in WHIP (1.00), sixth in opponent’s batting average (.208), seventh in opponent’s OBP (.267), third in slugging (.320) and second behind Jake Arrieta (.559) in opponent’s OPS (.587).
Kyle Hendricks has allowed 43 runs, 35 earned, on 110 hits (13 home runs) with 36 walks and 127 strikeouts in 146 innings.
Hendricks has not given up more than four earned runs in any start this season. In 24 games, 23 starts, Hendricks has allowed four earned runs two times, not since May 17, and three earned runs in three starts. Hendricks has limited teams to two or fewer earned runs in 18 of 23 starts and he’s pitched shutout ball six times.
Kyle Hendricks is 11-7 with a 2.16 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 3.45 FIP in 24 games, 23 starts. And over his last seven starts, Hendricks is 4-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.