Monday, April 23, 2012

Arizona tonight with flexible Kendrick on the mound for Phillies

Kyle Kendrick has been an important piece of the Phillies puzzle over the last few years. On a moment's notice, he is in the starting rotation of the Philadelphia Phillies. The injury to Cliff Lee may bring Kendrick 3 or four starts, as he faces the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight in Phoenix.

The Dbacks are coming off a slump of their own, a slump that saw the team lose 5 games in a row, until they beat the Braves yesterday to snap that streak.

For the Phillies, it doesn't much matter if they are facing a team in a slump, because it seems that they too are in one of their own. A team like the Padres should have been swept, especially with how they started off this season, but it just didn't matter as the Phillies split the 4 game series with them.

The team just looked listless yesterday, like they weren't having fun at all, and not relaxed at all.

Jimmy Rollins brought a 1-22 road trip along with him for yesterday's game, John Mayberry Jr. has been on the shelf, Placido Polanco hasn't produced on this road trip either, he has a season average of .192 trailing along with him. The Phillies can get on base, but then no one can move the runner with performances like we see above.

Kendrick's press notes:

 Has allowed just 4 hits in 18 at-bats (.222 AVG) this season ... 0-for-3 with RISP

 Spring 2012: 0-0, 1.54 ERA (2 ER, 11.2 IP), 2 BB, 11 SO in 6 games (1 start)

 Posted a career-low 3.22 ERA last season (41 ER, 114.2 IP)

 2011 splits: Went 5-4, 3.14 ERA (29 ER, 83.0 IP) in 15 starts (7-8 team record) ... Was 3-2, 3.41 ERA (12 ER, 31.2 IP) in 19 relief appearances

 Was 4-2, 2.82 ERA (17 ER, 54.1 IP) in 12 games (8 starts) after the 2011 All-Star break ... Was 4-4, 3.58 ERA (24 ER, 60.1 IP) in 22 games (7 starts) prior

 Pitched more than 1.0 inning in 9 of his 19 relief appearances last season and went 0-1, 2.82 ERA (7 ER, 22.1 IP) when doing so

 Is 5-3, 3.25 ERA (20 ER, 55.1 IP) in 33 career major league relief appearances; has pitched 2.0 or more innings in 14 of those 33 games (42.4%)

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