Handing out Cubs starting rotation midseason report cards

There's been a lot of good, some so-so and a little disaster for Chicago starters.
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Cubs Midseason Report Card - Kyle Hendricks: B+

Kyle Hendricks has been everything the Cubs hoped for in their wildest dreams since returning to the mound. If this is his swan song on the North Side, he's going out on a high note, re-establishing his standing as a reliable member of the starting rotation.

He's made nine starts for Chicago, working to a 3.04 ERA, 3.73 FIP and 1.031 WHIP. Given how the 2021 and 2022 seasons went for Hendricks, you just hoped he'd return and be serviceable - but he's been much more than that, giving the Cubs a chance to win every time out.

The future is unclear for Hendricks, who's in the final year of the extension he signed back in 2019. On one hand, he's a proven, established leader in the clubhouse - the last man standing from the 2016 World Series championship team. On the other, if the Cubs wind up selling, there could be plenty of clubs looking to add a pitcher of his pedigree to the rotation for an October run.