Following the Cubs’ 3-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday, NBC Sports Chicago’s David DeJesus posed the following question.
“What isn’t Kyle Hendricks good at?” DeJesus said on Cubs Postgame Live.
DeJesus’ question may have come off as a joke to some, but it should carry some serious weight following Hendricks latest outing. Not only did the 29-year-old pitch another gem, but he delivered one of the best offensive nights by a Cubs pitcher in recent memory.
Hendricks pitched into the ninth inning, getting pulled after allowing a leadoff walk to Reds outfielder Nick Senzel. He allowed just one run (a Joey Votto solo home run) on three hits, walking one batter compared to seven strikeouts.
Tuesday’s outing shouldn’t come as much of a surprise for anyone, as Hendricks has been on fire over the last month or so. The right-hander has pitched at least eight innings in three-straight starts, all while allowing a run or less along with one or zero walks. Before tonight, no Cubs pitcher had done that since Mike Krukow, who accomplished it in September 1981.
Kyle Hendricks: first #Cubs pitcher with three straight starts of 8+ innings, 1 or 0 runs & 1 or 0 walks since Mike Krukow in September 1981— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 15, 2019
Hendricks’ dominance on the mound stretches further back than that, however. On April 19 against the Diamondbacks, he pitched seven shutout innings, racking up 11 strikeouts. There is one bad start sandwiched in between that game and his current stretch — April 26: five innings, seven earned runs — but outside from that, Hendricks has been downright dominant.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, Hendricks was a force at the plate on Tuesday as well. He drove in two of the Cubs’ three runs with a second inning double, finishing the night 3-for-4.
Maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised by Hendricks’ prowess at the plate, though. He now has the most multi-hit games by a Cubs pitcher since 2012 and became the first Cubs pitcher with a three-hit game since Carlos Zambrano in 2011.
Kyle Hendricks: first #Cubs pitcher with a 3-hit game since Carlos Zambrano on May 26, 2011— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 15, 2019
Most multi-hit games by a #Cubs pitcher— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 14, 2019
Post-Zambrano era (2012-present)
5 KYLE HENDRICKS
5 Travis Wood
5 Jake Arrieta
2 Jon Lester
2 John Lackey
2 Jason Hammel
When you’re hot, you’re hot. And if one thing is certain, it's that Hendricks is on fire right now.