Kyle Hendricks must go five innings
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It is still hard to believe that the Chicago Cubs’ number five starter coming into the season is possibly the best pitching in the Majors this season. The magnificent season put together by Kyle Hendricks has translated into postseason dominance.
In four games this postseason, the National League ERA leader for the regular season is posting a 1.31 ERA this postseason. He is young and facing great hitting teams, but his maturity is beyond his year. In only one game this postseason has Hendricks pitched into the seventh inning, however. Game 6 versus the Dodgers was epic, and the Cubs may well need that type of performance from their young star.
Going into this game, Hendricks holds a 15 inning scoreless streak. Including four and one-third innings against the Indians in Game 3. Unlike all other games Hendricks has pitched this postseason, this one will be on the road.