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Kyle Hendricks Rides Vanishing Change for Vintage Performance Against Giants

Wow, Kyle Hendricks looked incredible against the Giants Monday night. He nearly completed the game and should have had a shutout in what was easily his most impressive start of the year.

The most promising feature of the outing was the lethal effectiveness of his tumbling changeup. When Hendricks is on — like, really on — batters don’t connect against his change-of-pace. Indeed, of the 37 changes he threw Monday night, Giants batters whiffed 13 times (35 percent). That was his highest single-game total since August of 2016 and his best rate since last year’s NLCS against the World Series runner-up Dodgers.

Hendricks recently expressed to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic that he’s been working on establishing his fastball(subscription required/recommended).

“Everything works off my fastball. When I’m establishing my fastball at the bottom of the zone and they’re seeing it, I’m getting called strikes right at the bottom, the changeup is coming out right on the same plane,” Hendricks explained. “They have to respect it.”

And “establishing the fastball” is exactly what Hendricks did against the Giants, as illustrated below. He gave up no barrels, induced lots of whiffs, and only gave almost …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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