Chicago Cubs: Stop making Kyle Hendricks the next Maddux
For all you ERA fans out there, Hendricks has a lower career ERA than Maddux.
That’s it case closed, Hendricks is better than Maddux ever was I might as well give up now. Well not exactly.
First of all, ERA is a stat that has to do with the team around you. Secondly, Greg Maddux at 42 playing for the Dodgers was a tiny bit worse than when he was 28.
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That’s another thing, Greg Maddux pitched for 23 years! I feel like it’s safe to say that Hendricks will fall short of that mark.
Let’s look at both of their best seasons; for Hendricks, it’ll be last year, for Maddux it was probably 1995. The reason why I say probably is that he won the Cy Young four years in a row. I’d say that’s not a bad stretch.
1995 Maddux had a 1.63 ERA, a 2.26 FIP, and a 0.811 WHIP while giving up 0.3 home runs per nine. There’s a reason why he won the Cy Young four times in a row.
2016 Hendricks had a 2.12 ERA, a 3.20 FIP, and a 0.979 WHIP while giving up 0.7 home runs per nine. Those numbers are great; they just aren’t Maddux great.