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Kyle Starts Tonight

Kyle Hendricks ‘12 will start for the Cubs tonight against the Nationals in the first game of the NL Division Series; he’ll probably face Stephen Strasburg. Kyle’s 2017 season was solid, but after being hampered by injuries (he pitched fifty fewer innings than last season), he did not rise to the heights of 2016, when he led the majors with an ERA of only 2.13:

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Addendum: The AP has a short profile of the pitcher players call “Professor.”

Kyle Hendricks tops out at about 88 mph. The Dartmouth College graduate looks and talks more like a college professor than a professional baseball player. He is among the most anonymous players on the star-studded Chicago Cubs.

He also is the Game 1 starter for the defending World Series champions.

Hendricks gets the ball on Friday night, when Chicago visits the Washington Nationals for the opener of their NL Division Series. He also started its previous postseason game, helping the Cubs win in Cleveland in Game 7 for their first championship since 1908…

The 27-year-old right-hander, who has a degree in economics from Dartmouth, broke out in a big way last season. He went 16-8 with a major league-low 2.13 ERA and then posted a 1-1 record with a 2.38 ERA in seven playoff starts, beating Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Chicago’s clinching win in the NLCS.

Hendricks missed part of June and July [this year] with pain in the middle finger of his right hand, but he had a 2.19 ERA in his final 13 starts after the All-Star break.

It would sure be nice to have Kyle come back to the College for a visit.

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