Class Is In Session: What Kyle Hendricks Taught us on Friday Night

Lew

I’m sick and tired of Kyle Hendricks not getting the respect he deserves. Over the past two seasons, Hendricks has been as consistently excellent as anyone in the Bigs not named Scherzer, Kluber, or Kershaw.

And yet, because he doesn’t throw gas or have a disgusting curveball, Kyle is NEVER mentioned in the same breath as those guys. So-called baseball people refuse to say he’s even a top-15 pitcher in the League.

On Friday night, Hendricks punched another line on his nearly silent 2 year journey to be counted amongst baseball’s elite hurlers. The Professor did what he does. He went on the road against an absolutely stacked lineup, in a head-to-head matchup against one of those media darling megapitchers from Mars, Stephen Strasburg.

And Kyle absolutely SHOVED. Biggest game of the year to date and he unequivocally outdueled the pitcher with far greater hype. And why should we be surprised?!!? He was magnificent throughout the pennant race in 2017. He outdueled the Great and Almighty Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 of the 2016 NLCS. He outpitched the omnipotent Corey Kluber in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

So why the FUCK are people trying to argue that Luis Severino and Trevor Bauer are better pitchers than the Professor. It is absolutely INSANE. The guy has pitched in the biggest games of the past two seasons and maintained an ERA South of 3.0. And because he throws like Greg Maddux and not Nolan Ryan, too many in the baseball world refuse to acknowledge his greatness.

Wake up and stop being an asshole. It’s not a coincidence that Kyle Hendricks consistently spins gems against top-5 offenses. Kyle Hendricks is a top-5 pitcher walking the planet today.