While Cubdom determines if Kyle Hendricks should start Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, a Twitter user pointed out just how impactful the 27-year-old starting pitcher has been.
After Hendricks tossed five shutout innings Thursday night in St. Louis, his career ERA dipped to 2.94 in 100 career outings (99 starts).
That's a better mark than some of the greatest pitchers to even play the game, including Clayton Kershaw, Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan and Greg Maddux:
It's not the first time Hendricks has bested Kershaw, having taken down the Los Angeles Dodgers ace in Game 6 of the 2016 NLCS at Wrigley Field, clincing the Cubs' first pennant in 71 years.
Of course, there is one stark contrast: Hendricks made his 100 appearances from age 24 to 27. Kershaw, on the other hand, made his 100th career big-league appearance at age 23. Maddux was also 23 while Ryan and Clemens were 24.
In the seven years and 191 games since Kershaw's 100th appearance, he has posted a ridiculous 2.08 ERA and 0.911 WHIP while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings.
Still, not a bad start to the MLB career for Hendricks, a guy who was never considered one of the game's top prospects and morphed from a No. 5 starter to lead the league in ERA last season.
Through his 100 career games, Hendricks is 38-22 with a 1.098 WHIP and 507 strikeouts in 590 innings.
With Tom Paciorek "Wimpy" reuniting with Hawk Harrelson for the White Sox four-game series in Seattle, the beloved former player/broadcaster talks with Chuck Garfien about some of his favorite Hawk Harrelson stories on the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.
Paciorek describes what it was like to be in the booth during the classic fight between Robin Ventura and Nolan Ryan. Wimpy also looks back at the 1983 "Winning Ugly" White Sox, how he set a record in the longest game in White Sox history, and spills the beans about what he plans on wearing when throwing out the first pitch in Seattle on Friday and more.
Later, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka join the podcast to talk about the sudden rise of Leury Garcia, Rick Renteria owning up to a managerial mistake. Plus, they preview the new CSN documentary "White Sox Cornerstones" about the team's farm system which premieres on May 22 at 7 p.m.
Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here:
An unforgettable moment in baseball history happened 23 years ago. It wasn't a clutch walk-off home run or an epic no-hitter, but it still somehow sticks with you all these years later.
On August 4, 1993 future Hall-of-Fame Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan threw a ball that plunked White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura. After starting to walk to first base, Ventura suddenly darted to the mound where the 46-year-old Ryan was waiting. The savvy veteran somehow put a headlock on Ventura and followed with a few minor strikes to the head.
The benches cleared and tempers flared between both teams, creating a scene more suited for WWE than MLB. Ventura and a White Sox manager Gene Lamont were both ejected, but shockingly Ryan remained in the game.
Both players have downplayed the fight in the years since and even jokingly reconciled in 2012.
In 2015, CSN's Chuck Garfien shared an untold story about how a young Paul Konerko was in attendance as a fan the night of the fight, providing a fresh perspective on the game.
Time often has a way of fading memories, but the night Ryan and Ventura tussled is too vivid a moment to forget. For this reason, we have recreated the fight in a unique way with a special video above.