Cubs' Hendricks Continues Dominance Over Cardinals

Kyle Hendricks is 7-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Cardinals.

Bruce Levine
June 09, 2019 - 10:42 pm
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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- In a baseball landscape more predicated on velocity than ever, Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks continues to dominant without it.

Hendricks used his pinpoint command and quality movement to once again frustrate the Cardinals on Sunday evening, throwing seven innings of one-run ball to lead the Cubs to a 5-1 win at Wrigley Field. It was the second time this season that Chicago swept St. Louis at Wrigley Field, and Hendricks playing such a central role was no surprise. After all, he's become a Cardinal killer.

Hendricks is 7-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Cardinals, which have all been victories for the Cubs. That's the longest team winning streak against St. Louis by a Chicago starter since at least 1908, according to the Cubs media relations department.

"We just go in with a good game plan against them," Hendricks said of his mastery versus the Cardinals."We have been able to gauge when they are aggressive and when they are patient. It's about moving my fastball in and out on them and not being predictable."

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Hendricks scattered eight hits while striking out three and walking none. Somewhat surprisingly, he thought his stuff was rather mediocre.

"I wasn't super sharp early with my command," Hendricks said. "I was pulling off of my heaters. Luckily (catcher Willson Contreras) was locked in. His pitch selection for me was really good. He kept me into it and mentally got me back into it by the fourth inning."

The Cubs are 6-0 against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field in 2019 and have won seven straight against them at home, their longest such streak since 2005-'06. Hendricks is 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA in seven starts at Wrigley Field this season.

"He was pretty much all fastball-changeup," manager Joe Maddon said. "Overall, I think a masterful performance."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.