Kyle Hendricks finalist for Players Choice National League Outstanding Pitcher Award
Kyle Hendricks is up against Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) and Max Scherzer (Nationals) for the top pitcher in the National League. Zach Britton (Orioles), Corey Kluber (Indians) and Rick Porcello (Red Sox) are the finalists for Outstanding Pitcher in the American League.
Winners of this year’s Players Choice Awards will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 9 on the MLB Network (7:00-8:30pm CST).
The Players Choice Awards are voted on by the players. Hendricks has received quite the tip of the cap by his peers for his breakout season.
With one start left in the regular season, Kyle Hendricks is 16-8 in 30 games, 29 starts, with a 1.99 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 3.22 FIP. Hendricks has allowed 49 runs, 41 earned, on 136 hits with 43 walks and 166 strikeouts in 185 innings.
Hendricks leads all of baseball with a 1.99 ERA.
Hendricks has not given up more than four earned runs in any start this season. The last time he gave up more than three earned runs in any outing was May 17 at Miller Park against the Brewers. And the last time he was charged with three earned runs was on the South Side at the end of July.
Hendricks is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. And since the break, Hendricks is 9-2 in 13 starts with a 1.36 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
Clayton Kershaw has been limited to 20 starts this season due to injury. As he’s proven year in and year out, Kershaw is the best pitcher on the planet.
Kershaw is 12-3 with a 1.65 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 1.67 FIP. In 142 innings, Kershaw has allowed 28 runs, 26 earned runs, on 91 hits with 10 walks and 168 strikeouts … again, just 10 walks in 20 starts.
Max Scherzer is 19-7 In 33 starts with a 2.82 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 3.16 FIP. Scherzer has allowed 72 runs, 70 earned, on 156 hits with 54 walks and 277 strikeouts in 223 1/3 innings. When Scherzer is focused at the task at hand, he is clearly in the group of pitchers just below Kershaw as the best in baseball.