Kyle Hendricks wins 2016 Players Choice Award for Outstanding Pitcher in the National League
Kyle Hendricks had an excellent season and the other players took notice. Hendricks topped Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) and Max Scherzer (Nationals) for the NL Outstanding Pitcher Award.
Kyle Hendricks made 30 starts, appearing in 31 games, in the regular season. Hendricks led baseball in ERA (2.13) and finished the season 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 3.20 FIP. Hendricks allowed 53 runs, 45 earned, on 142 hits with 44 walks and 170 strikeouts in 190 innings.
Hendricks was a sensational 9-2 in 15 games, 14 starts, at Wrigley during the season with a 1.32 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. In 95 1/3 innings in his home park, Hendricks gave up 17 runs, 14 earned, on 68 hits with 14 walks and 89 strikeouts. Hendricks served up only four homers at Wrigley Field.
Kyle Hendricks started two of the biggest games in franchise history in the postseason, Game 6 of the NLCS and Game 7 of The World Series. Hendricks was incredible in Game 6 as the Cubs won the first NL Pennant since 1945. Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman faced the minimum in a 5-0 Cubs win at Wrigley.
Hendricks started Game 7 and put the Cubs in position to win The World Series after giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Kyle Hendricks was 1-1 in five starts in the postseason with a 1.42 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
2016 Players Choice Awards
- NL Outstanding Pitcher – Kyle Hendricks (Cubs)
- AL Outstanding Pitcher – Rick Porcello (Red Sox)
- NL Outstanding Rookie – Corey Seager (Nationals)
- AL Outstanding Rookie – Michael Fulmer (Tigers)
- NL Outstanding Player – Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
- AL Outstanding Player – Jose Altuve (Astros)
- NL Comeback Player – Jose Fernandez (Marlins)
- AL Comeback Player – Mark Trumbo (Orioles)
- Majestic Always Game Award – Jose Altuve (Astros)
- Marvin Miller Man of the Year – Curtis Granderson (Mets)
- Player of the Year – Jose Altuve (Astros)
Daniel Murphy won the NL Outstanding Player Award over Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado. Murphy put up excellent offensive numbers for Dusty Baker and the NL East Champs. Murphy hit .347/.390/.595 with 47 doubles, five triples and 25 home runs for a .985 OPS. Murphy excelled at the plate in 142 games during his first season with the Nationals.
Curtis Granderson was named the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award over Anthony Rizzo and Justin Turner.