Kyle Hendricks Baffles Diamondbacks with Filthy Change, Wicked Curve

Kyle Hendricks was masterful Friday afternoon, shutting the Diamondbacks out on three hits and notching 11 strikeouts over seven innings. Most of those K’s came on the change as Hendricks floated his offspeed offering up to the plate to tumble away from bats.

Out of the eight total whiffs Hendricks got on the change, five resulted in a visiting hitter taking a seat. One of his two called strikes on the change had the same result. Just nasty.

But it wasn’t just about the change. Hendricks had the sinker dialed in and working much better than he has to this point.

Hendricks’ early struggles with the sinker, which we just noted was working better Friday, may have had him looking to do more with the curve. Though he only threw the bender six times, he was able to keep the Arizona hitters off balance and earned a pair of called strikes. Like this one.

Sweet emotion, that’s fun.

Evan Altman

Evan Altman is the EIC and co-founder of Cubs Insider and has proclaimed himself Central Indiana's foremost Cubs authority. He is a husband, father, homebrewer, and award-winning blogger with entirely too much pop culture knowledge. Evan's greatest accomplishments include scoring 400 points in Magic Johnson's Fast Break, naming all 10 members of the Wu-Tang Clan in under 3.5 seconds, and winning the Meese Literary Award at Hanover College.

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