Kyle Hendricks after the defeat by Pirates was surprised by the entire season and its ending in general. COVID has influenced all sports as well as MLB "Can’t believe that’s the last start of the regular season,’’ Hendricks said.
‘‘Feels like we’re just getting started. Just a weird year overall, but our sights . . . my sights now have to go forward.’’, as quoted by chicago suntimes Hendricks was not happy with how he played the match and believes he could have provided a much better game ‘‘Today, I wasn’t very good the first few innings,’’ Hendricks said.
‘‘Not aggressive to the glove, especially with my fastball. Fastball command was a little off, but offspeed stuff was good pretty much the whole game. Then the fifth inning on was way better.’’
Ross praised Hendricks
Ross had only words of praise for Hendricks and thinks it's great to have such a player by his side ‘‘I think that’s as expected,’’ Ross said.
‘‘His résumé speaks for itself. I think that’s what kind of pitcher he knows he is, we know he is. I definitely know what he’s capable of. It’s just nice to have that guy on your side.
‘‘When he takes the bump, it’s a very comforting feeling, and you really feel like you have a really good chance to win the baseball game. . . . He’s had a phenomenal year for us, and I’m happy for him”.
Hendricks will play the next game in the National League wild-card round next weekend and will have a break between matches "That’s a long time in between starts,’’ Ross said. ‘‘We try not to take anything for granted.
. . . There’s a lot of potential for us to still get some work in with some off-days in there, as well. We have a lot of guys that are going to need to throw, so we’re planning for a lot of those scenarios and we’ve talked through a lot of those things.’’ ‘‘A few extra days would never hurt,’’ Hendricks said.
‘‘[I’ve] been going deep in games, so, at this point, it doesn’t hurt to get a few extra days here. I’ll throw another bullpen, just do a little extra throwing. ‘‘Staying on that five days isn’t quite as important since we’ve had so many things to work through this year. This should be an easy one.’’