Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kendrick's Last Start?

Is today Kyle Kendrick last start for the foreseeable future? Maybe, if we're lucky. No disrespect to KK, because he's been good enough this year and has served his role of staff swingman well (5 W, 3.45 ERA, 1.32 WHIP). However, the Phils rotation with Roy Oswalt in it is better than it is with Kendrick in it. Roy2 went 4 innings for Lehigh Valley yesterday and allowed 1 run and 3 base runners. This would put him in line to start on Monday in Colorado, or the Phils could opt to give him an extra day of rest and truly replace KK in the rotation and go on Tuesday instead. Guess we'll see.

Kendrick is still the man today though, and his task is to secure the Phillies their 10th straight series win. Going for the Giants is either sick boy Timmy Lincecum or NL ERA leader Ryan Vogelsong (who the Phils released from their system last July).

Props to Kendrick either way. Fans trash on him, but honestly think to yourself where the Phils would be over the past 5 seasons without him. He was a major reason the Phils made the playoffs in 2007 for the first time in 14 seasons. In '08 his ERA was unsightly (5.49), but he did make 30 starts and win 11 games. 2009 was the only season he was virtually a non-factor. Last year he made 31 starts and won 11 games, and this year he's filled in for injured pitchers better than many expected. Lifetime he's 40-28, so give the man some credit.

13 comments:

ripjgarcia said...

KK may be having his last start but at least we'll be adding a right-handed outfield bat in Oswalt.

Aaron said...

The phils just made a deal for Jack Squat. A right handed outfielder and they didn't have to give anything up. Nice work rube

C.M.R. said...

we have found our RH outfield bat. roy oswalt will be playing in left field, replacing ibanez. and we now have a new addition to our bullpen as wilson valdez has agreed to become a reliever for us #nowthatswhaticallageniusdeal

Rando said...

Yeah, props to Krispy Kreme. Better than anticipated.

Anonymous said...

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GM-Carson said...

Rest in peace Hideki Irabu.

Aaron said...

Uggggggg
Feel like I'm watching the NLCS all over again. Phils making mistakes in the field and nobody able to get a hit with runners in scoring position. Utley and Howard have to hit good pitching in the playoffs......that's what it really all boils down to. Not a right handed bat, not Heath bell..... Utley and Howard have to hit.....period

SirAlden said...

M&M SUCKS! Two Errors on One Play!

SirAlden said...

Sensational Stop by M&M! to end the inning!

SirAlden said...

M&M Range.

http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_07_28_sfnmlb_phimlb_1&highlight_content_id=17403579&c_id=phi

SirAlden said...

I hope Brown is not traded for Pence.

We need him going forward next year.

GM-Carson said...

This series against the Giants is exactly what worries me come playoffs. Our offense wilts against good pitching. Gotta score runs to win.

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