Cubs right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks wins ERA title … Hendricks finishes season with lowest earned run average in Major League Baseball
Kyle Hendricks can add an ERA title to his resume after finishing the season with a Major League best 2.13 earned run average. Hendricks had a breakout season in his third year in the majors. Hendricks was 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 3.20 FIP in 31 games, 30 starts.
Hendricks gave up 53 runs, 45 earned, on 142 hits with 44 walks and 170 strikeouts in 190 innings.
Hendricks set career-marks in innings pitched (190), complete games (2), fewest hits allowed (142), strikeouts (170), walks (44), WHIP (0.97) and FIP (3.20).
Hendricks finished second to Max Scherzer (0.97) in WHIP in the National League.
Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester (2.44 ERA, 197 strikeouts) are the first Cubs’ teammates with 150 strikeouts and a sub-2.50 ERA in the same season since Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown (1.31, 172 strikeouts) and Orval Overall (1.42 ERA, 205 strikeouts) in 1909.
Hendricks and Lester are the first teammates to finish with the top two ERAs in the majors since the Astros’ Roger Clemens (1.87) and Andy Pettitte (2.39) in 2005.
Hendricks is the first Cubs pitcher to lead the National League in ERA since Ray Prim (2.40) in 1945. And Hendricks is the first Cubs pitcher to lead Major League Baseball in ERA since Bill Lee (2.66 ERA) in 1938.
Hendricks was incredibly consistent throughout the season. Hendricks allowed three or fewer runs in 22 straight starts leading into Sunday’s game in Cincinnati. Hendricks allowed four earned runs only three times throughout the season (April 20 vs. Cardinals; May 17 vs. Brewers; Oct. 2 vs. Reds) and all three of those starts came outside of Wrigley Field.
Hendricks became just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to make at least 30 starts in a single season and not allow more than four earned runs in any start. Kyle Hendricks joined the Padres’ Tyson Ross (2015), the White Sox’s Billy Pierce (1960) and Phil Ortega (1967) of the Washington Senators.
Kyle Hendricks followed up his excellent first half of the season (7-6, 2.55 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) with an unexpected second half (9-2, 1.68 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) that pushed him to the ERA title. Hendricks most dominating start came in St. Louis on Sept. 12 when he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning.
“I never thought I’d be in this situation at this point in my career, with everything that happened last year and the goals I set for myself this year,” Hendricks said to the Sun-Times. “But there’s also a lot of other things that go into it. I’m such a pitching-to-contact type of guy. The defense has to play for me, and the catchers were a big part of it, too.”
After three year in the majors, Hendricks is 31-17 in 76 games, 75 starts, with a 2.92 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 3.29 FIP.
Kyle Hendricks next start is expected to be Saturday in Game 2 of the NLDS. Hendricks has a big task ahead of him and will have to prove that he can succeed in the postseason like has shown he can during the course of a 162-game schedule.