Cubs manager David Ross officially named Kyle Hendricks his 2020 Opening Day starter on Thursday. It’s the first time the 30-year-old received the honor and Ross selected him over fellow veterans Yu Darvish and Jon Lester.
Hendricks has been the Cubs best pitcher since 2014, a model of consistency who's never posted an ERA above 3.95 (2015). He’s been one of the game’s more underrated starters, overshadowed at times by his formidable teammates — Darvish, Lester and Jake Arrieta.
Just how good has Hendricks been since his July 10, 2014 MLB debut? Without taking anything away from his teammates, his numbers compared to his current rotation mates are quite telling: