Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Hendricks does not have nearly as much postseason experience as Jon Lester. However, in the small sample size which Hendricks does carry, it has been impressive. In 10 starts in the postseason, spanning 50 total innings, Hendricks has produced a record of 2-2 with a 2.88 ERA.
In 2016, Hendricks gave up a measly three earned runs in five postseason starts. His most impressive start of that stretch was Game 6 of the National League Championship Series where he finished 7 1/3 shutout innings on the way to the Cubs clinching the National League pennant.
Last year, the team made a change as Hendricks kicked the postseason off for the Cubs, pitching seven shutout innings on the way to a Game 1 victory. Unfortunately, following the phenomenal start, Hendricks was pretty lackluster from there.
Nevertheless, their right-hander is one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball and is a substantial arm to pair with Jon Lester. Hendricks is who he is, and there is never an expectation of him to be better than that. The impressive level of consistency will play a big factor in his success to the postseason rotation.