Babe Ruth. Shohei Ohtani. Kyle Hendricks.
History will remember this trio as the exemplar of the two-way superstar in baseball, with Hendricks – let’s be quite clear – surpassing the first two in every way. Last night, Hendricks not only dominated the Reds on the mound, he carried the offense, as he so often does.*
*(OK, he actually hasn’t really done it before, but he was always CAPABLE of doing it, you see. Hendricks is such a modest, unassuming fellow that he didn’t want to bust out the big stick until it was truly most necessary … in a random May game against the Reds. Naturally.)
Hendricks wound up pitching 8.0 innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits, one walk, and striking out seven. At the plate, Hendricks had three hits, including a two-run double, and missed a fourth hit only because of a well-placed shift.
Let’s enjoy Hendricks’ feats on the mound and at the dish as we rise to meet the day with HALF the gusto of a Hendricks celebration:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 15, 2019
More fun with Hendricks’ big night at the plate:
Most multi-hit games by a #Cubs pitcher
Post-Zambrano era (2012-present)
5 KYLE HENDRICKS
5 Travis Wood
5 Jake Arrieta
2 Jon Lester
2 John Lackey
2 Jason Hammel
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 14, 2019
Kyle Hendricks: first #Cubs pitcher with a 3-hit game since Carlos Zambrano on May 26, 2011
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 15, 2019
Kyle Hendricks' big night at the plate raised his season slash line from .067/.125/.067 (-49 wRC+) all the way to .211/.250/.263 (38 wRC+). That's an increase of 87 points of wRC+!
Next stop: Silver Slugger
Next, next stop: Shohei Ohtani's daddy
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) May 15, 2019