Clint Hurdle compares Kyle Hendricks to Greg Maddux

Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks entered the 2016 season as a backend starter in the team’s rotation. But through the month of August, Hendricks has emerged as one of the Cubs best pitchers.

Now he’s drawing a comparison to a MLB legend, sort of.

Following Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Pittsburgh, Hendricks received some praise from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Here’s what Hurdle said following the game:

It’s a big comparison especially for a pitcher like Hendricks who relies on his location to be successful, something Maddux did so damn well. ¬†But the only thing off about the comparison is the year.

In 1987, Maddux was 6-14 with a 5.61 ERA with the Cubs. It wasn’t until that next season, 1988, where he really found his groove. Maddux earned an All-Star appearance that season and finished the year 18-8 with a 3.18 ERA. The following season he was even better.

Maddux won the NL Cy Young Award in 1998 posting a 2.95 ERA and going 19-12 for the team.

Hendricks finished August going 4-0 with a 1.28 ERA. He now has an MLB-best 2.09 ERA.

Zack Pearson

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