Kyle Kendrick is part of the answer for the Philadelphia Phillies in the endgame strategy. Can he thrive in the 7th and 8th innings?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-3 Triumph
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Kyle Kendrick||Four-Star Performance|
|The Penthouse||Darin Ruf|
John Mayberry Jr.
|Smoked A 2-RBI Triple To Open A 2-0 Lead
In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Night With An IBB
Nursing A 2-Run Advantage,
Punched Out Werth With A Runner At 3rd To End The 5th,
& Escaped A Harper-At-3rd One-Out Jam In The 6th
Fired 7 Scoreless, 4-Hit Innings
Made A Superb Catch Of A Blooper In A Critical Spot During The 8th
Ended The 8th-Inning Threat With A Called K On The 4-Hole Stick
|House Call||Jimmy Rollins||Has A Calf Issue|
One More Series:
The Cole Hamels saga will play out this week before the 3 matchups in Atlanta. The red pinstripes have 3 games with the Brewers, which will not affect the young gun’s future. It will, however, impact the contract-expiring players in August and September. A sweep would position the squad at 8-4 since the break, which is much more optimistic than 7-5.
I’m not concerned about the offense or defense. With the leather, the replacements for rehabbing regulars lowered the club from first or second to around tenth in the majors. The sticks are solid from top to bottom with speed at the front in Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. The middle is the strongest it has been in a while with Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Chooch Ruiz and Hunter Pence. Utley and Howard are fresh, but they are just returning to form after being back for 2-3 weeks. Juan Pierre and Polly Polanco offer the beginning of a second lineup.
Three number ones, Vance Worley and Joe Blanton are going to give the bats a winning opportunity. Jonathan Papelbon will rebound from a couple difficult showings. The last 2 frames before Cinco Ocho have been the soft spots, but Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo have been outstanding lately. They have had 9 performances over the last 5 battles, and they have this line: 8.2 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 3 free passes (1 intentional) and 11 punch outs. Bastardo is regaining his confidence, and it is apparent in his demeanor on the bump. Kendrick has really solidified the backend of the ‘pen. That said, this is a critical series, because Milwaukee isn’t a hot team or in the heat of a pennant race.
He will probably be limited to 100 bullets in his 2nd outing, which is 6 or 7 frames. He started resembling the ace of the last 2 campaigns after the 2nd inning, and that should continue tonight.
|STARTER||RECORD||TM||STARTER||RECORD||DAY & TIME|
|1||LHP Cliff Lee||1-6, 3.72 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Stephen Strasburg||11-4, 2.76 ERA||Tuesday, Night|
|2||RHP Vance Worley||5-6, 3.88 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||6-6, 3.52 ERA||Wednesday, Night|
|3||LHP Cole Hamels||11-5, 3.31 ERA||@ Nats||LHP Ross Detwiler||5-4, 3.24 ERA||Thursday, Night|
He is not having his usual summer, which may be just an off year. He has lasted 6.1 frames plus in 6 of 18 attempts with 7 clunkers. And he is 1-2 with a 6.86 away ERA in 8 appearances (1 relief).
DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012
DEFINITION OF SEASON
|Over The Top||Excellent|
|Short Arm||Approximately Average|
Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
|NUMBER||A One||A Five|
|FOR 2012||Short Arm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||4th of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Eephus Pitch||Split Finger|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||13th of 15 Categories||4th of 15 Categories|
DISPLAY NOTE: Non-listed results can go up or down by
* 1 notch & ** 2 clicks (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)
* 1 Tick UP
ER - R- H
|1||Gyroball||9 (CG)||0 - 0 - 3||10||Screwball||6||4|
|2||Fastball||9 (CG)||0 - 0||11||Knuckleball||5||3|
|3||Cutter||9 (CG)||3||12||Forkball||0 - 4.2||Monstrosity|
|4||Split Finger||7||2||13||Eephus Pitch||0 - 2.2||Disaster|
|9||Slurve||5||2||*Knuckle Curve||Pitch Count|
|** = Suspended||* = A 2nd Pitch Also|
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