Kyle Hendricks Just Threw an 81-Pitch Maddux!

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Kyle Hendricks Just Threw an 81-Pitch Maddux!

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Before today’s game, Kyle Hendricks had been struggling quite a bit to start the 2019 season, and just really wasn’t looking like his usual, dominant self. And yet, something about the whole experience felt eerily familiar.

So I went back and dug through his last few seasons, and discovered that he’s actually struggled through the first five games of his season a lot. And that after that, he’s usually pretty good.

Even last year, when his ERA jumped from 3.10 up to 3.21, his FIP dropped from 4.68 to 4.02. 

And guess what? He just dominated the HECK out of the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field: 9.0 IP, 4H, 0BB, 3Ks. But we can do so much more than that.

There’s a common baseball-ism, particularly popular around these parts, known as a “Maddux.” Named after the Hall-of-Famer Greg Maddux, throwing a “Maddux” happens only when a pitcher not only tosses a complete game shutout, but does so in fewer than 100 pitches.

Well, Kyle Hendricks did it in WAY fewer than 100 pitches today.

EIGHTY-ONE PITCHES. That’s it.

And in fact, Hendricks came up just three pitches of short of the record, set by Jon Liber back in 2001!!!

https://twitter.com/ScottLindholm/status/1124412472612487169

DUDE! The Professor was on full display today. Wow.

And like a professor, he celebrated his success with … a little held nod and the tiniest smirk ever.

Hendricks has a lot more work to do to get his season back on track, but that was one of the most impressive freakin’ performances we’ve seen in a good, long while. What a start to the weekend.

Post-publish Update: By the way … did you catch Dexter Fowler’s funny little moment with Hendricks in the ninth? I’m still dying of laughter:

https://twitter.com/Michael_Cerami/status/1124421095661162498

And if you’d like to watch all 81-pitches in a minute and a half, we’ve got that post up for you right here:



Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is the butler to a wealthy werewolf off the coast of Wales and a writer at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami