Cubs' Kyle Hendricks Tosses 81-Pitch Complete Game; Fewest in MLB Since 2012

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 3, 2019

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
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Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks accomplished something in Friday's 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that hadn't been done in Major League Baseball since 2012. 

Per STATS, Hendricks' 81 pitches were the fewest in a nine-inning complete-game shutout since Aaron Cook of the Boston Red Sox in 2012. 

Cook also threw 81 pitches, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts in a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners

Hendricks picked apart the Cardinals lineup by throwing 63 of his 81 pitches for strikes. The six-year veteran only gave up four singles and had three strikeouts. He said after the game that taking advantage of St. Louis' aggressive approach helped him out:

The Cubs had to be thrilled with Hendricks' performance Friday. He got off to a slow start this season with a 5.33 ERA and 37 hits allowed in 25.1 innings over his first five games.

Hendricks has been one of the few Chicago starters who has struggled in 2019. Cole Hamels, Jose Quintana and Jon Lester all have ERAs under 3.50. 

If Hendricks can continue to pitch like this, combined with an offense that's tied for second in MLB in runs scored, the Cubs have the potential to be one of the most dangerous teams in the league.  

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