Liam Hendriks had a fairly interesting run up to the 2015 season. In 2014 he made 3 spot starts for the Jays, the first two went pretty well, lots of fly balls to the track but, maybe by luck more than anything else, he kept us in both games and we both. The third one didn't go so well, he only made it thru 1.2 innings and allowed 6 earned, but we still won.
A little later in the season, he gets traded to the Royals, with Erik Kratz for Danny Valencia and he had a close up view of their playoff run. After the season, he gets traded back to the Jays for Santiago Nessy.
I didn't have much for expectations, but Liam was out of options and he seemed to be throwing harder in spring training. He had a good spring, getting 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings. To start the season, the Jays decided to go with an 8-man bullpen, and just Steve Tolleson to be the only backup infielder. I'm really not a fan of the 8-man pen, but the Jays figured it would be easier to sneak a pitcher through waivers 10 days into the season, instead of right at the start of the season.
It turned out that that Jays never did try to sneak Liam through waivers, and he had a good season:
Year Age W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP BB9 SO9 2015 26 5 0 2.92 58 0 64.2 59 21 3 11 71 135 2.14 1.5 9.9
Provided by "Baseball-Reference.com"
He had 2 blown saves.
Liam didn't pitch much in the playoffs, 5 innings total, giving up 5 hits, 3 earned with 2 strikeouts.
Baseball Reference has him at a 0.9 WAR. FanGraphs was a little more charitable, putting him at a 1.5 WAR, giving him a value of $12.2 million to the Jays.
He had a 2.14 FIP and a 2.80 xFIP.
Batters had a .322 BABIP off him.
Compared to 2014, Liam struck out a lot more batters (27.2%, up from 16.1) and walked fewer (4.2%, from 4.9). Batters hit fewer line drives off him (22.6% from 24.8), more ground balls (46.3% from 38.5) and fewer fly balls (31.1% from 36.7). And fewer of his fly ball left the park (5.5% from 7.5).
As you likely know, LHB hit much better (.283/.321/.425) than RHP (.207/.242/.257) off of him.
He was much better at home (2.21 ERA, .213/.255/.287) than on the road (3.86 ERA, .273/.302/.382).
He had a bit of trouble with RISP (.271/.308/.390).
He was pretty much the same in the first half (3.00, .235/.268.315) and the second half (2.81, .247/.288/.351).
Hendriks by month:
- April: 4.70 ERA, batters hit .250/.300/.250 in 7.2 innings.
- May: 3.68 ERA, batters hit .189/.228/.358 in 14.2 innings.
- June: 0.00 ERA, batters hit .231/.259/.250 in 13 innings.
- July: 2.70 ERA, batters hit .171/.171/.229 in 10 innings.
- August: 3.12 ERA, batters hit .324/.410/.353 in 8.2 innings.
- Sept/Oct: 4.22 ERA, batters hit .295/.304/.500 in 10.2 innings.
I kind of liked the guy, I like relievers that can get strikeouts. I hope things go well for him in Oakland, except when he's facing us.