Cubs: Kyle Hendricks’ top 5 outings against the Cardinals

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Cubs: Kyle Hendricks’ 5 best starts v. St. Louis: #1 – May 3, 2019

9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 82 GSc, 81 pitches

Eighty-one pitches is all it took for Hendricks to blank the Cardinals at Wrigley Field on May 3, 2019. Getting 12 grounders, 15 flyballs and seven line drives to result in just four hits and zero runs, The Professor tapped into his inner Greg Maddux.

Hendricks praised the defense around him for being well-positioned and making all the necessary plays to help accomplish this feat. The Cubs won 4-0 over Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty, who surrendered a three-run homer to Anthony Rizzo in the third inning. It was not a blowout by any means, but the game felt incredibly safe with the way Hendricks was getting so many quick outs. The game lasted 2:28.

The top five in the Cardinals order went a combined 0-for-18 and did not reach base once. 78 percent of the pitches thrown by Hendricks were strikes. Hard to ask for better command than that.

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It has been a tough go for Hendricks overall since the start of 2021. However, he continues to show us he can still throw a gem from time to time. This probably felt even better than the 8 2/3 innings he threw against the Padres considering the opponent. If Hendricks continues to have success against the Cardinals, Cubs fans will surely love that.