Chicago Cubs veteran right-hander Kyle Hendricks, 34, will take the mound for the first time in a long time.
Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, on June 26. It will be his first start of the season.
It will be his first start in 324 days since July 6 of last year against the Milwaukee Brewers, when he allowed two runs in three innings. Hendricks, whose season ended early due to right shoulder soreness at the time, will be looking to prove he’s healthy in the final year of his four-year contract with the Cubs. Hendricks signed a four-year, $55.5 million contract with the Cubs ahead of the 2020 season.
Hendricks, who broke into the big leagues in 2014, went 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA in 31 games (30 starts) in his third year in 2016. He helped the Cubs reach the World Series that year. In the World Series, he pitched two games, allowing two runs (one earned) in nine innings.
By 2021, he was the “ace” of the Cubs’ starting rotation with four double-digit wins. Last season, however, he was sidelined by injury, going 4-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 16 starts.
Hendricks is in the final year of his guaranteed contract. He pitched out of the bullpen on Feb. 26, ready to take the mound again, and we’ll see how he fares against the Mets.먹튀검증
He spent nine seasons with the Cubs and is 87-61 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 1079 strikeouts in 223 career games (222 starts), so it will be interesting to see if he can reclaim his reputation as a Cubs ace.
Meanwhile, the Mets starter is Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco is winless in four starts this season with two losses and an 8.68 ERA. His last start against the Cleveland Indians on April 20 was not good, as he allowed five runs in five innings. This could be an opportunity for Hendricks.