Chicago’s rotation of Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell and Jake Arrieta has been one of the most productive units in baseball this year, as the team has gone 24-8 with a 1.88 ERA in those games, good for a .921 winning percentage.
The Cubs haven’t been without starters, though, as Jake Arrietos ace, Kyle Hendricks was lost for the season with a back injury and is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.
So how can the Cubs make it to October without Hendricks, who is hitting .237/.318/.383 in 109 games?
While Hendricks is in a good spot for the team right now, it would be nice to see a bit more of his stuff going forward, as he was just hitting .206/.274/.315 in 109 at-bats before being shut down.
He has a career .263/.316/.380 line with a .542 OPS, but he’s also a career hitter in just 103 at-bat innings.
That’s a pretty big gap, especially considering he’s been able to put up the type of numbers he has in his career.
If Hendricks were to return in October, he could give the Cubs a boost in the rotation and give the team a boost at the plate.
The first thing the Cubs should do is re-evaluate Hendricks, and the next thing is to make sure that the team is able to get back to a .500 record before the All-Star break.
Hendricks is a guy who has a history of not having success at the major league level, and it’s not as if he’s a bad hitter.
Hendricks has hit .273/.355/.427 with a career OPS of .716 over the last three seasons, and he’s just 23 years old.
He also has a .298 batting average against and .856 OPS against, which would help him to have a positive impact at the Major League level if he can stay healthy.
The key for the Cubs is getting back to .500 before the break, and that will depend on whether or not they can get back on track after losing Hendricks.