Chicago Cubs veteran right-hander Kyle Hendricks, 34, will take the mound for the first time in a long time.

Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs against the New York Mets on 26 June at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It will be his first start of the season.

It will be his first start in 324 days since 6 July last year against the Milwaukee Brewers (two runs in three innings). Hendricks, whose season ended early due to right shoulder soreness at the time, will be looking to prove he is healthy in the final year of his four-year contract with the Cubs. Hendricks signed a four-year, $55.5 million contract with the Cubs ahead of the 2020 season.안전놀이터

Hendricks, who broke into the big leagues in 2014, went 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA in 31 games (30 starts) in his third year in 2016, helping the Comets reach the World Series that year. In the World Series, he pitched two games, allowing two runs (one earned) in nine innings.

By 2021, he was the “ace” of the Cubs’ starting rotation with four double-digit wins. Last season, however, he was sidelined by injury and finished the season with a 4-6 record and a 4.80 ERA in 16 starts.

Hendricks is in the final year of his guaranteed contract. He pitched out of the bullpen on 26 February, ready to take the mound again, and we’ll see how he fares against the Mets.

He spent nine seasons with the Cubs and is 87-61 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 1079 strikeouts in 223 career games (222 starts), so it will be interesting to see if he can regain his reputation as a Cubs ace.

Meanwhile, starting for the Mets is Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco is winless in four starts this season with two losses and an 8.68 ERA. His last start against the Cleveland Indians on the 20th was not good, as he gave up five runs in five innings. This could be an opportunity for Hendricks.

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