MLB playoffs: Kyle Hendricks doesn’t consider Game 3 a must-win

Kyle Hendricks will make his third start this postseason Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series against the Dodgers.Hendricks produced mixed results in his first two starts. He earned the start Game 1 of the NLDS, blanking the Nationals in seven innings. However, Hendricks did allow four earned runs off nine hits in four innings in Game 5.The Cubs are down 2-0 to the Dodgers this series after a late lo s in Game 2. Despite their current position, Hendricks doesn’t view his start as a must-win.”Not really. Our team doesn’t really approach games like that,” Hendricks said in a pre s conference. Albert Almora Jr Jersey “You hear the way Joe (Maddon) speaks about it. For us, this is just Game 170, I think it’s going to be. So, yeah, we’re down 2-0. Obviously we know we need to get wins at this point. But approaching it as a must-win is a little extreme. We’ve just got to go out there and play our brand of baseball.”Some of the Cubs’ best hitters are struggling. Anthony Rizzo is hitle s with three strikeouts this series, and he’s just 4-for-26 this postseason. Kris Bryant is just 1-for-8 this series and 5-for-28 this postseason. Hendricks believes the lineup will produce.”Our lineup, I got the utmost faith in our guys that they’re going to swing the bat well,” Hendricks said. “But, yeah, when you’re Kyle Schwarber Jersey struggling, a 0-0 ballgame, you just can’t give in, I think, no matter what. You’d almost rather walk a guy than give in on a 3-1 count something like that. But you have to have a careful mindset, I think, because one pitch could be the difference in the game.”Last year, the Cubs trailed the Indians 3-1 in the World Series before ultimately erasing their 108-year championship drought. Hendricks believes that experience could help in this series.”In a way, yeah. Since we accomplished that, we know we just have to take it game by game,” Hendrickssaid.”Any situation, being down 3-1 even, we have to take it and worry about the next game. In that situation, we didn’t think we had to win three in a row or anything like that. We just came to the Joe Maddon Jersey ballpark the next day and worried about what we had to do that day.”So for us, that’s coming in here (Tuesday) and playing a good baseball game and hopefully trying to get this W.”



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