Half of Kyle Kendrick's 20 starts this season have been quality starts (QS = 6+ ip with 3 earned runs or less). In 8 of those starts he's allowed 1 earned run or less. What's my point? He's a damn good #5 in the rotation. Sure he's going to blowup sometimes, but he will twirl some gems too. Aside from a disastrous April and mediocre June, KK has been good in 2010 (ERA: April- 7.61, May- 3.13, June- 4.60, July- 3.34). He's set to turn 26 at the end of August and fact is he's the perfect cheap back end of the rotation pitcher for the Phillies inflated payroll. Overall stats- 4.44 ERA, 1.29 WHIP. Just imagine if the vastly overpaid Joe Blanton were pitching as well as Kendrick. Ask the Pirates, Orioles, Royals, Diamondbacks, or a number of other teams extremely thin in the starting pitching department if they'd like KK on their staff, and the answer would be an emphatic "Hell Yeah!".
*Cody Ransom and Greg Dobbs do not belong on MLB rosters. This is Dobbs 2nd straight year of failure and the 34 year old Ransom has never shown the ability to stick in his 7 cups of coffee prior to becoming a Phillie. The Phillies bench is being exposed more than ever due to injuries and carrying two slouches such as these only hampers the team. I would love to see Amaro make a waiver wire deal for some bench help and release these tools.
*In Howard's absence I would see if Mayberry or Werth could handle firstbase against south paws. I know it seems far fetched, but Gload can handle duties at 1st versus the righties, but using Ransom when a lefty is on the mound is futile.
*Chad Durbin has been a bullpen savior this season as he was in 2008. Last year he was alright, but he's proving once again his versatility in multiple roles should not be undervalued.
*Sorry for the korny title to this post, I was just having fun. Also, I think he meant "Carson" instead of "Keith" in his thank you above.