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Kyle Hendricks (R) vs Miami Marlins

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Hendricks had a rather unconventional start the last time he took the mound, allowing four hits but three solo home runs in 7.2 innings against the Rockies, but he is in a great bounce-back spot today as the Marlins roll into town. Hendricks has posted excellent numbers at home this season, with a 2.18 ERA and a .176 batting average allowed, and has generally excelled at Wrigley Field in his career. Dating back to 2014, Hendricks has posted a stellar .246 wOBA allowed and a 2.46 ERA at home, compared to a .285 wOBA allowed an a 3.47 ERA on the road. Outside of the home/road splits, there are plenty of other reasons that Hendricks is appealing tonight. While the Marlins are a team that has several low strikeout bats in their lineup, they are still striking out 24.3% of the time against RHP this season. They have very little power against them, with a .097 ISO and 29.9% hard contact to the handedness, and have posted a putrid 68 wRC+. Hendricks has done a great job limiting opponents on both sides of the plate, dating back to last season, allowing minimal hard contact and limited power, while striking out a league-average 21% of batters faced. He has a good mix of groundballs in there, as well, as a great way to generate outs. Hendricks relies rather heavily on his sinker, a pitch he is using 53% of the time this season, along with a changeup that he is throwing about 33% of the time to left-handed hitters and 20% of the time to right-handed hitters, and an 87 MPH four-seam fastball that his is throwing about 15% of the time. Digging through the Marlins lineup, Justin Bour is the only hitter with any sort of power against sinkers, boasting a .364 ISO against the pitch last season, while everyone else generally struggled against the pitch. As far as the changeup goes, there are six hitters in the lineup with double-digit swinging strike rates against the pitch, so Hendricks could generate some strikeouts using it. Overall, Hendricks may not have the strikeout upside we would generally prefer on a slate but he does come with a decent amount of safety here, making him a good cash game option, and someone you can feel comfortable with in GPPs.

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