Is Kyle Hendricks best pitcher of the decade? Fans say 'unfair only 142 people got to witness' 3-hit shutout

Baseball fans took to social media, pointing out that Kyle never got the due credit for his splendid performances


                            Is Kyle Hendricks best pitcher of the decade? Fans say 'unfair only 142 people got to witness' 3-hit shutout
Kyle Hendricks (Getty Images)
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Baseball fans are going gaga over performance by Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks against National League Central rival Milwaukee Brewers on Friday at Wrigley Field, registering a win of 3-0. The Cubs pitcher tossing a shutout on opening day threw a strong performance for new manager David Ross.

Jotting down some achievements of the electrifying player, Baseball analyst Ryan M Spaeder tweeted, “Kyle Hendricks is the first #Cubs pitcher to toss a complete game shutout on #OpeningDay. since Bill Bonham on April 9, 1974. He is the first to do so allowing three or fewer hits since Lon Warneke tossed a one-hitter on April 17, 1934.”

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Calling it as an amazing night due to the player’s spectacular performance, Starting 9 tweeted, “Kyle Hendricks tonight: CG, 0ER, 9K, 3H, 0 BB. What a night”. “Kyle Hendricks is through 7 shutout innings at just 73 pitches. This is kind of insane when you consider what the 'offseason' looked like. He has a legit shot at a Maddux”, tweeted Bleacher Nation.

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This is huge, though the fans also lament that only a few people got to see such a spectacular performance by the Chicago Cub player. "It’s unfair only 142 people get to witness this performance by Kyle Hendricks live,” a fan tweeted. Baseball fans took to Twitter pointing out that Kyle never got the due credit for his splendid performances. “When will Kyle Hendricks get the credit he deserves? Top 5 ERA in baseball since 2016; Pennant win over Kershaw; Game 7 WS solid start.; Outdueled Scherzer in Game 1 of the DS; Class is always in sesh” wrote one fan.

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Glorious journey

The player who made his Major League Baseball debut in 2014 and led MLB in earned run average during the 2016 season has had a legacy of great performances. 
In a three-game sweep in August 2019, Hendricks led the Cubs to a shutout victory of 1-0 against the San Francisco Giants. In July 2019, the ace player had a remarkable evening, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball and striking out seven St Louis Cardinals batters, forging 2-0 victory for Cubs. In his May 3, 2019 game at Wrigley field, the player overwhelmed the Cardinals with his fewest pitches (81) registering a  4-0 win for the Cubs against Cards. This was Cubs' fifth win in a row and Hendricks' fourth complete game.

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