Without Kyle Kendrick the Phillies wouldn't have won the NL East in 2007. With Kyle Kendrick the Phillies may not win the NL East (or Wild Card) in 2008. Kendrick was torched for 7 runs in 1.1 innings of work last night and watched his season stats balloon to a 5.44 era, 1.63 whip, and .305 batting average against. Kyle had a decent first half of the season, but has been a disaster since the All-Star break. He's only 24, and far from being "done", but Charlie Manuel and company would be wise to decide for him to be done for the rest of the season in the starting rotation.
The final score ended up reading 10-8 in favor of the Marlins, with the Phils almost pulling off an uplifting comeback when they were down 9-1, but in the end they came up short. Moral victories equal squat in the real victory column, so I could give two pinches of poop whether the score was 10-8 or 10-0. The bottom line is the Phils are now 2.5 back of the Mets for the NL East, and remain 3 back of the Brewers for the Wild Card.
*Phils were damned by the score of 10-8 twice last night. Not only was that what the scoreboard read in Philly, it's also the identical score of the Mets/Nationals game where Carlos Delgado belted 2 homeruns to lead New York on to victory.
*Arthur Rhodes has been sensational for the Marlins, throwing 10 innings over 17 games without allowing a run and pick up 2 wins and 8 holds along the way.
*Brett Myers looks to knockout the Marlins today and wrap up a series win. Game time set for 4:05. Go Phils!