Hendricks 'Couldn't Care Less' If He's Underrated

"I don't really pay attention" to praise and acclaim, Kyle Hendricks says.

McNeil & Parkins Show
July 17, 2020 - 2:50 pm

(670 The Score) Since entering the big leagues in 2014, right-hander Kyle Hendricks has been the Cubs' most consistent starter and one of the best in all of MLB.

He has posted a career 3.14 ERA across six MLB seasons and never recorded worse than a 3.95 ERA in a single season. For the first time in his career, he'll now get the Opening Day nod, with the Cubs revealing Thursday that Hendricks will get the ball against the Brewers in the opener next Friday.

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Which all begs the question: Does the 30-year-old Hendricks, who has never been named an All-Star, feel underrated across the MLB landscape? 

"Honestly, I don't feel any kind of way," Hendricks said on the McNeil & Parkins Show on Friday afternoon. "I really don't pay attention, to be honest with you. I'm sure other people would say that, and so I appreciate people saying that or thinking that about me in a way. But at the end of the day, none of that matters to me. All that matters is going out there and being with my teammates and winning games. That's what's fun. That's why I play. I just love playing baseball. So to be honest with you, I really couldn't care less."

It's that type of mindset that explains Hendricks' muted response to getting the Opening Day start.

"It just means that I get to go take the field with my teammates and try to win a ballgame that finally means something," Hendricks said. "I'm so excited to get going and start playing games that start to count again."