Last week Corey and I both agreed that the Phils should look into acquiring the waived Tomo Ohka from the Blue Jays to fill the 5th starter role. He ended up clearing waivers and was released the other day, meaning he's free game to all. The Phillies and the Cardinals were in on the bidding, with St. Louis getting him in the end because they promised a shorter minor league assignment. Losing out on Ohka isn't a big deal because we have Kyle Kendrick.
Kyle Kendrick made his MLB debut last week against the hapless ChiSox offense and pitched 6 innings while giving up 3 runs, not bad for a rookie. Last night against Cleveland with the team in need of a win, he once again pitched 6 innings while surrendering 3 runs. After Kendrick's first start, Corey had this to say, "I hate to sound like a pessimist, but the praise laid upon young Kyle Kendrick may be a little shortsighted." Well Corey, it still may be shortsighted, but that's two quality starts in a row by the rookie, and this time it was against a powerful Indians lineup. I was particularly impressed with this outing because the homeplate umpire (C.B. Bucknor) was squeezing him all night not giving the corners, and the defense behind him was sub par. After 2 starts, his era is a mediocre 4.50, but his win total is already as high as Freddy Garcia's (1 win) and he has a nice WHIP of 1.17. I look forward to seeing more of Kendrick's starts, and indeed he may just be a reason the Phils continue to win.
In an uncanny turn of events this blog may have a direct effect on the outcome of individuals' performances for the Philadelphia Phillies. It seems as though when Corey or I give a verbal beatdown of a player that within the next few games they make us eat our words. It happened just yesterday with Pat Burrell and the "end of an era" post on here then he quickly shuts us up with a 2-out 2 rbi double in the 1st inning. In yesterday's comment section I bashed on Ryan Howard for his high strikeout rate and low batting average, he promptly went 3 for 5 with a double, homerun, 3 runs, and 4 rbi while not whiffing the entire game. In the past I've called out No-Hit Nunez or the weakling known as Wes Helms and they've gotten a crucial pinch-hit rbi single (Nuni) or knocked their first homerun of the year (Helms) the following day. Our criticism of these players is not unwarranted, and it seems to be an exception to the rule when they "prove" us wrong, but if that's all it takes to get players going then...Screw the entire Philadelphia Phillies 2007 team, they all suck and can't hit, field, or pitch worth a dingleberry hanging off Manuel's butt cheek.
As promised on Sunday, here is the picture of me and Jayson Stark. Since getting the Internet and following baseball on ESPN.com I've taken a liking to Stark because of his Philadelphia roots and his amusing anecdotal writing style. His baseball knowledge of the "useless information" is also right up my alley. Jayson Stark is my homeboy!