Results tagged ‘ Kyle Hendricks ’

3/3 Hendricks aiming for 200

No one said anything to Kyle Hendricks but the right-hander did get the news that he is slotted into the No. 4 spot in the Cubs rotation. Now, he has to get to work to keep it. Joe Maddon indicated Monday that Hendricks would follow Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel in the rotation, although the manager did caution that things can change. Hendricks knows that.

“It’s exciting and I thank [Maddon] for his support of me and the work I’m doing here,” Hendricks said Tuesday. “But Spring Training is really long and nothing is ever set in stone. You never know until you break camp and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully it will stand up in the end.”

Hendricks, 25, was impressive last season, posting a 7-2 record and 2.46 ERA in 13 starts with the Cubs. He totaled 102 2/3 innings at Triple-A Iowa and another 80 1/3 innings in the big leagues. His goal this season is to reach 200 innings.

“That’s one of the biggest goals I have for myself is consistency, No. 1, but then eating up innings,” he said. “That’s something I pride myself on is staying in ballgames and giving my team a chance to win. I think with the number I threw last year, 200 shouldn’t be out of the question for me.”

Hendricks, who will make his first Cactus League appearance Monday against the Padres, said there’s a different vibe in Cubs camp because of Maddon.

“Joe’s been awesome,” Hendricks said. “He’s been very laid back, it’s a very accountable kind of camp. You do your work, do what you need to do, and he’s not going to get in your way. One of the interesting things he said was as a team we need to learn how to make the playoffs and how to play in the playoffs for the first time before we can be there for multiple years. That’s a goal he’s laid out for us to be a playoff contender for consecutive years.”

– Carrie Muskat

11/11 Congrats to Kyle Hendricks

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks received two third place votes in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won the award, followed by the Reds’ Billy Hamilton and the Cardinals’ Kolton Wong. Hendricks was 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts for the Cubs this season.

– Carrie Muskat

9/26 Extra bases

* Javier Baez went 4-for-41 with 20 strikeouts on the Cubs’ final homestand, and leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts this month. And Theo Epstein isn’t that surprised.

“It’s gone very much as expected,” Epstein said Friday of Baez’s first two months in the big leagues.

“His confidence is high,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Baez. “Just like everyone, he understands he needs to make adjustments and knows he needs to do better.”

Renteria is quick to remind everyone that Baez is just 21 years old. Epstein said Baez is aware of what he needs to do, adding that sometimes it just takes an offseason to make those adjustments. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro both did that after struggling in 2013; both had All-Star seasons this year. What’s encouraging, Epstein said, is that Baez is open to making adjustments.

“It’s like getting comfortable in the big leagues — you can’t just tell someone, ‘Get comfortable,'” Epstein said. “He readily admits he’ll be more comfortable in the big leagues than he is now. Sometimes you have to just experience it for yourself and the light goes on with one swing or one video session or one offseason when you can take a deep breath and come back differently.”

* Asked if Renteria will return to manage in 2015, Epstein said “absolutely.” However, there could be changes with the coaching staff. Epstein and Renteria said they expected to announce something Tuesday.

* Jacob Turner will start Sunday in place of rookie right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who is being shut down after reaching 183 innings. Hendricks totaled 102 2/3 innings in 17 starts at Triple-A Iowa, and 80 1/3 innings in 13 starts with the Cubs.

* Edwin Jackson has accepted the late season switch to the bullpen but Epstein said Friday the right-hander needs to come into next year and show he can be counted on. This year is the second year of Jackson’s four-year, $52 million deal, and it hasn’t gone that well. He led the National League in losses last season with 18, and is third this year.

“I think Edwin’s aware that he needs to turn his Cubs career around and work hard and show better form that he’s someone who can be counted on,” Epstein said Friday. “I think the default position is that given the competition we’re going to have, guys will have to need to pitch well to have a spot.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/23 Cubs lineup

Kyle Hendricks makes his next to last start on Tuesday night for the Cubs in the next to last game at Wrigley Field. The right-hander is 0-1 in two starts against the Cardinals, although he deserved better in his July 27 outing when he held them to one run on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. The Cubs lost, 1-0. Hendricks is scheduled to start the season finale Sunday in Milwaukee.

Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Valaika 2B
Szczur LF
Hendricks P

9/22 Hendricks says hello


Here’s another photo from Kyle Hendricks’ visit Monday with patients at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He signed autographs, took photos, handed out hats, Wrigley Field tumblers and Cubs blankets. The day care children presented Hendricks with a story they wrote and illustrated about him.

9/22 Good guy


Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks took time Monday to visit patients at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He signed autographs, took photos, handed out hats, Wrigley Field tumblers and Cubs blankets. The day care children presented Hendricks with a story they wrote and illustrated about him.

9/21 Extra bases

* Jorge Soler did not start Sunday, but that was part of the Cubs’ plan to help the rookie outfielder stay healthy in his return from leg injuries. Soler was pulled from Saturday’s game after five innings because rain had made the playing field slippery and the Cubs didn’t want to risk injury.

“The guys were talking about how it was getting a little softer,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday about the outfield. “For us, it was the right thing to do at that time [to pull Soler]. We have three [games] more against St. Louis, then a day off Thursday, and three more in Milwaukee, and he’ll finish off playing.”

Soler has played four, five days in a row, then gotten a breather in his comeback. He began the season with Double-A Tennessee, but suffered a leg injury after his first hit in his first game April 3. He went on the disabled list and returned in May, but needed to go on the DL again. After rehabbing in Mesa, he rejoined the Smokies in July, and batted .463 in 15 games before he was promoted to Triple-A.

* Renteria and GM Jed Hoyer are conducting exit interviews with players, and the discussion has turned to what the Cubs need for 2015. What’s on Renteria’s wish list?

“What we’d really like is to have a bunch of really good baserunners,” Renteria said Sunday. “One of the things we’re talking about is going into Spring Training and get some skill work done and a better of sense what we need to add.”

Isn’t base running instinctual?

“I’ve always thought that instincts are learned,” Renteria said. “If you take advantage of experiences, it teaches you something.”

* The Cubs have yet to finalize the rotation for the last series of the regular season next weekend in Milwaukee. Kyle Hendricks will start the season finale on Sept. 28. One of the options is to have Eric Jokisch start a game. He was 9-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts at Triple-A Iowa this season.

Looking ahead, the rotation for the three-game series against the Cardinals will be:

Monday: Travis Wood vs Adam Wainwright
Tuesday: Kyle Hendricks vs Shelby Miller
Wednesday: Jake Arrieta vs John Lackey

Wood and Arrieta will be making their final starts of the season.

– Carrie Muskat

9/20 Extra bases

* The Cubs have set the rotation for the upcoming series against the Cardinals, which opens Monday at Wrigley Field, and is the last home series of the season. Travis Wood will start Monday night in what will be his last start of this year. He’ll be followed by Kyle Hendricks on Tuesday and Jake Arrieta on Wednesday. Hendricks also will start the season finale Sept. 28 at Milwaukee. No word from Cubs camp about whether Edwin Jackson will make another start.

* Welington Castillo, who had to leave Friday’s game with a rib contusion, was available Saturday but the Cubs wanted to give him at least one more day to heal. John Baker got the start.

* On this day in Cubs history, Ernie Banks hit his first career home run in 1953 off St. Louis’ Gerry Staley. Thanks for Christopher Kamka for the post.

9/17 Cubs 3, Reds 1

In his first start against the Reds since his Major League debut in Cincinnati on July 10, Kyle Hendricks notched his eighth quality start in 12 outings this season. The Cubs are 10-2 in those 12 starts. This was his sixth start of at least seven innings and his fourth in which he has allowed one or fewer runs in seven plus innings. Hendricks is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA (6 ER/35 1/3 IP) in six starts at Wrigley Field.

* Luis Valbuena has hit safely in seven of his last eight games at home, and delivered an RBI single in the eighth.

* Hector Rondon has converted 11 straight save opportunities.

* The Cubs swept the Reds in a three-game set at Wrigley for the first time since July 24-26, 2009. It’s the Cubs third three-game sweep since Aug. 22 (Baltimore and Milwaukee) and their fifth of the season.

* Jorge Soler (0-for-2, 2 BB, R) has collected a run or RBI in 12 of his 15 games. He went hitless for just the second time in his career, but drew two walks for the first time.

* Anthony Rizzo (0-for-2, 2 BB, R) has reached base in nine of his last 10 games and has scored a run in three-consecutive games.

* The Cubs are 38-36 in 74 games at Wrigley Field this season compared to a 29-45 home mark though 74 contests last season.

9/17 Cubs lineup

Kyle Hendricks makes the start Wednesday as the Cubs go for a sweep of their three-game series against the Reds. Anthony Rizzo is back, too. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Valaika 2B
Kalish CF
Hendricks P


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