Review: Not even Kafka could have predicted the metamorphosis Brett Myers went through this season. He went from Opening Day starter to demoted egg-laying headcase to dependable starter to feared batsman and ended up a World Champion.
Memorable Moment: "The Walk." 700level.com has the video.
Preview: Myers will make $12 million in the final year of his contact. What he will give the Phils is anybody's guess (and we'll have our guesses in about 3 months). Everyone's hope is that he continues his late-season form and slots in behind Hamels for 30-some starts.
Review: History will not look fondly at Kyle Kendrick's 2008 season. He ended the year down in the instructional league in Florida working on a change-up and trying to find his lost sinker. He was out of the rotation and off of the playoff roster. Let us not forget however, in Kendrick's defense, that he did make many positive contributions to the champion Phillies. For instance, in May through July, Kendrick was 7-3 with an ERA around 4.5. On August 6th, he was 10-5 with a 4.37 ERA. When other pitchers (Eaton, Myers) were struggling in these months, Kendrick was solid. Sure, his August was bad and his September was atrocious, but we can't have all bad memories and feelings for Kendrick.
Memorable Moment: He went 8 innings, giving up four hits and no runs in a win at Oakland back in June.
Preview: When Kendrick rolls into Clearwater in a few months, will he be throwing a good sinker again? Will he have an effective change-up? Will he have a place in the rotation?
Needless to say, Kendrick will be one of the biggest question marks of spring training, but regardless of his exact place within the Phils plans, he should provide some value to the team. If he isn't in line to start, I would not be surprised to see him traded this off-season. He is a young, 24 year old starter who has two double-digit win seasons in the majors. I can think of about 20 teams that would like to have Kendrick...
Review: Of anyone on the team, Pedro Feliz was the player that came the closest to performing exactly the way everyone predicted. He played great at third. He struck out a lot, hit into a ton of double-plays and batted around .250. The only surprise is that after moving away from the spacious AT&T park in SF, his homer numbers actually dropped, hitting only 14 in 2008.
Preview: after spending a month on the DL with back problems, Feliz is having surgery soon. According to reports, Feliz will rehab for 2-3 months, meaning he should be back for the start of the season or close to it. He'll then proceed to hit into lots of DPs, strikeout, field well, hit .250 and this year get close to 20 dingers.