Behind the Breakout: Liam Hendriks
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
It’s like deja vu all over again, or at least it seems with a 30 year old veteran reliever enjoying a breakout in Oakland. However, this time it’s Liam Hendriks not Blake Treinen . In fact, the team announced Hendriks would be the closer going forward due to recent performance along with injury concerns for Treinen. Dating back to last September, Hendriks owns a 1.27 ERA while logging 63.2 innings spanning 54 appearances with 73 strikeouts against 20 walks (21.3 strikeouts minus walks percentage). Strictly as a reliever, not an opener as in some of these outings, Hendriks ERA dwindles to 0.85 over the last statistical year.
So far in 2019, Hendriks leads the majors in reliever ERA (0.94) while possessing the second lowest home run allowed rate among his peers. He’s won three games with five saves, all since Treinen landed on the injured list June 21st, accrued seven holds with one blown save in 50.2 innings with 63 strikeouts versus 17 walks, a 1.24 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Hendriks...