Kyle Hendricks has silenced the doubters to a whisper.

The 24-year-old rookie has never been considered a top prospect because he doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he just keeps right on rolling. Tuesday night, Hendricks shut down the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in a 3-0 Cubs win in front of 28,819 fans at Wrigley Field.

Hendricks went 7.1 innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out five. It was his fifth straight quality start and lowered his season ERA to a sparkling 1.73.

Since giving up three earned runs in the first inning of his big-league debut, Hendricks has allowed just five earned runs in 40.2 innings (good for a 1.11 ERA). He's 4-1 with a 1.00 ERA in his last five starts, showcasing his sky-high confidence.

"It's unbelievable right now," Hendricks said. "Every time I go out there, I just feel confident that I can make pitches. It grows each start and it's going to keep growing, hopefully.