Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks named National League Co-Player of the Week
Major League Baseball announced its players of the week on Monday and Kyle Hendricks was named NL Co-Player of the Week. Hendricks shares the honor with Ichiro, who made history Sunday by joining the 3,000-hit club.
Kyle Hendricks made two outstanding starts during the week. First, he tossed the second complete-game shutout of his career against the Marlins on Aug. 1. Hendricks allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out five in nine innings.
Hendricks took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning of Sunday’s game in Oakland. Hendricks made a mistake to Marcus Semien that ended up leaving the park on his 100th pitch of the day. Hendricks surrendered just the one run on three hits (two infield singles, one home run) with no walks and four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.
In two starts (Marlins, Athletics), Hendricks allowed one run on 10 hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings (0.55 ERA, 0.80 WHIP). Willson Contreras caught Hendricks’ last two starts.
Kyle Hendricks is 4-1 in his last five starts with a 1.05 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. Hendricks has allowed four runs on 26 hits with eight walks and 26 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.
For the season, Hendricks is 11-7 with a 2.17 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Hendricks is second in baseball in ERA (2.17) behind only Clayton Kershaw (1.79) and ahead of Madison Bumgarner (2.20). Hendricks ranks sixth in WHIP (1.02) in the National League and his .210 opponent’s batting average is the eighth lowest in the NL.
The Twins’ Joe Mauer and Max Kepler were named AL Co-Players of the Week.