With very little preparation as a starter, Kyle Kendrick took the mound as a Phillies starter last night in Arizona. Kendrick's last official start was on 9/20/11 vs. the Washington Nationals. After last night, I think it's safe to say that Kyle Kendrick doesn't like to pitch in Arizona, he brought a career record in Phoenix of 0-0 with a 8.55 ERA and 8 ER over two starts with 11 innings pitched into last night's ballgame.
The Phillies almost rallied again for Kendrick as they roared back to score 5 in the 9th inning, but the damage had been done and the rally ended there. Kyle gave up 8 runs in 4 innings as the Phillies went scoreless until the 9th inning rally.
Last year, Kendrick went from the bullpen into the starters role when needed and back to the bullpen, he finished his year at 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA, he had 15 starts last year as a Phillies starter.
Kyle's career numbers tell a different story than we saw from him last night:
Kendrick’s team rankings since 2007: 3rd in starts (98) and innings
(603.0), T-3rd in wins (43), 7th in appearances (131), 8th in strikeouts
Starter: 38-27, 4.50 ERA (274 ER, 547.2 IP) in 98 starts ... Phils are
56-42 (.571) in his starts
As a starter, is 31-7, 2.72 ERA (108 ER, 357.2 IP) when pitching
6.0-or-more innings (54 GS) … 7-20, 7.86 ERA (166 ER, 190.0) when
pitching less than 6.0 innings (44 GS)
Reliever: 5-3, 3.25 ERA (20 ER, 55.1 IP) in 33 career appearances; has
pitched more than 1.0 inning in 17 of those 33 games (52%)
One interesting fact you can see from these stats, is that if Kyle is doing poorly, he's only going to implode early, maybe Charlie Manuel can see this stat and take him out earlier if he starts going south early. I don't think that this start in Arizona is what we'll see more of from Kyle, hopefully he will get back to some winning form when the Phillies return home over the weekend.
It's Vance Worley tonight for the Phillies, he's coming off a nice win in his last start vs. the Padres on 4/19. He'll be facing the Diamondbacks Josh Collmenter, who has a 10.22 ERA in April, maybe the Phillies can hit him?
News and notes:
Chase Utley joined the team to take BP, and field some grounders
Hunter Pence was out of the lineup, day to day