Saturday, June 13, 2009

We may have seen the last of Kyle Kendrick

Kendrick once looked like the 'real deal'  photo: Baseball Almanac

 KK looked like he was the real deal for a while. He reminded me of a young Greg Maddux the way he threw the baseball and went about his business. He somehow managed to completely lose it out on the mound on several occasions in '08 which led to his initial demotion to the minors after being a favorite to earn a spot on this year's starting rotation. On June 13th 2009 after he got the loss to Boston, he was sent down again but this time I think that's the last we'll see of him.

    Kendrick got his start in the MLB in mid summer of 2007 when Freddie Garcia turned in such a terrible start to the 2007 season and went out on the DL. Kendrick surprised the Phillies and turned in a really great half a season with a 10-4 record in 20 starts for the team. In the beginning of the 2008 season Kendrick seemed like he had made it, like there was no going back to the minors until mid season in '08 when to much surprise again, it seemed like Kendrick was a changed pitcher. Kendrick still finished with a 11-9 record for 2008 but wasn't included in the playoff roster and thus isn't a member of the World Series team as he basically gave the Phillies no option but to drop him off the roster after becoming very unstable in August and September of 2008.

   Is he finished in pitching? No, I don't think so. Is he finished as a Phillies pitcher? Yes, in the long run I think he's gone for some time unless the Phillies have no other option but to bring him up because of an injury to another starter. At one time, Kendrick could have garnered a real trade opportunity for the Phillies to get someone for him. As it stands now, Kendrick will probably get a shot with another team but he needs to gather his pitching ways of old to again be successful as a MLB pitcher.

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