Hendricks is Cooked, Skenes is a Problem, More

I have two observations from today’s Cubs game, and neither of them are great for the Cubs.

I have two observations from today’s Cubs game.

  1. We’ve reached the “Kyle Hendricks is cooked” reality.

  2. Paul Skenes is going to be a problem for the Cubs for the foreseeable future.

Hendricks allowed seven earned runs in four and two third innings of work on 11 hits and a walk while striking out four. He left the game with the Cubs trailing 8-0 in the fifth.

Hendricks’ ERA now stands at 10.57 on the season. It’s time to figure out how the Cubs can move on from Kyle Hendricks in the starting rotation. Whether that’s a move to the bullpen or an outright goodbye, it’s time.

In his second major league start, Paul Skenes was lights out. He retired the first 13 Cubs hitters that he faced this afternoon before allowing a walk to Michael Busch in the fifth inning. He responded by striking out Miles Mastrobuoni and getting Nick Madrigal to ground out to complete his fifth inning of no-hit ball at Wrigley.

Skenes ended his day after the sixth inning when he struck out Mike Tauchman on a 100 mph fastball, his 11th strikeout of the afternoon.

Skenes’ final line looked like this: 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 11 K, 1 BB

Six no-hitting innings from Skenes (on top of all the other games of his that I’ve watched) were all I needed to see to come to the conclusion that he’s going to be a problem for the Cubs (and the rest of the baseball) for a while.

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