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Kendrick Pelted Again In 12-10 Loss

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, March 11, 2009 04:06 PM | Comments: 21
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Kyle Kendrick may be kissing his fifth-starter opportunity goodbye – the Braves tossed around the right-hander, who surrendered eight earned runs off 10 hits in a 12-10 Phillies loss to the Braves. In his three innings Kendrick walked just one, but also recorded a balk. He was hit hard the entire time on the mound.

Gary Majewski allowed his first runs of the season – two in the fourth inning off three hits. Dave Borkowski and Joe Bisenius, meanwhile, each pitched a scoreless frame. Scott Eyre went scoreless, too. Ryan Madson and Jake Woods each surrendered a run.

The Phillies scored a bunch of runs off Jeff Bennett, as Jason Donald and John Mayberry Jr. each smashed doubles off the Atlanta pitcher. Donald went 3-for-4 with two runs, raising his Grapefruit League average to a sturdy .379. Mayberry, meanwhile, homered along with his double. He is now hitting .290 with three homers and 10 RBI in Grapefruit play. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez also drove in two. Starting in center field, Jayson Werth went 0-for-3.

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  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    feel bad for kendrick, but i never thought he was the man for the job, so it is a bittersweet thing to see.

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Jamie Moyer should spend some time with Kendrick to boost his spirits. Attitude is vital in professional sports and Moyer is an example of that and the ability to bounce back. After all, he was released five times and last year at age 46 he led the Phils in victories. Kendrick needs a bigger arsenal of pitches including a change-up and curve. He is young and brittle. Just like Gavin Floyd was and look what he did last year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Gavin

    I know the answer to this, but could Mayberry be this years Werth? Even if the Phillies brass dont think so, they should say so publicly….maybe that will light a flame under Johnny Wacko. I just have this feeling that he is not the same driven guy he was last year. Time will tell.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Their sizing up an Iron Pigs jersey for Kyle as we speak. I like Kendrick and I think he’s capable of throwing good games. But his head is not in it and he needs to finish what he started. Give him some time in Triple A and see where he is after some time. The 5th starter slot is Happ’s to lose.

     
  • Posts: 0 william

    they need to pull this kid from the race for the 5th spot officially and set him down and plan what he needs to work on at AAA and asure him is not a lost cause (which he is not) still say he was pulled up too soon from AA a year at AAA will do this guy a world of good

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Poor Kyle, he’s pretty much toast right now… Really think Mayberry should start the year in the minors, the way he’s playing right now he could tear up AAA en route to being an impact call-up later in the year rather than cool off on the bench. Everyone wants too see their team get active around the trade deadline but this year the Phils would be very well placed to keep our top prospects seasoning seeing constant action and address our needs from within.

    Wonder how secure Condrey’s spot on the roster is with more than one of the guys battling for the final spot standing out.

     
  • Posts: 0 J cole

    good.

     
  • Posts: 0 fred

    How can you compare Kendrick to Floyd ? Floyd was drafted 4th overall, Kendrick in the later rounds. Floyd has always had alot of potential whilst Kendrick had a small sample BABIP fluke in 2007, and simply isn’t a good pitcher right now. Let him pitch the year in AAA, and if he does well he can come up in case of injury, but right now Happ is twice the pitcher Kendrick is, with far more upside.

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Fred — you are right regarding the talent of Floyd vs. Kendrick. My point is that both players lacked confidence and a winning attitued — Floyd while he first came up with the Phils and Kendrick now and more recently. Even John Kruk commented that Gavin Floyd would never have the mental make-up to be a winner. Look at him now, Floyd is the ace if the White Sox. Perthaps with time and experience in the minors Kendrick will develop, He is still young.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Well Kendrick will be a strong addition to Lehigh, which is really where he belongs at this point. Happ is pretty much in there unless Park does something remarkable and Happ falls apart.

     
  • Posts: 0 Joel

    Hey Kendrick! Say hi to brother Durbin at Lehigh for me!

     
  • Posts: 0 PhillyGirlinMichigan

    I feel bad for KK as well as I really liked him when he came up. However, the cuteness started to wear off last year when he continously couldn’t make it past the 5th inning. We need a guy who’ll get the game into the 7th or 8th.

    He strikes me as a guy hitters can feed off of. He just doesn’t project a lot of confidence.

    Maybe the best thing for him is to go to the minors for a while. We’ll always be needing someone to come up later in the summer anyways. Hopefully he’ll be a bit hungrier and confident then.

    Joel – Brother Durbin? JD?? Is he still in the Phillies org?

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    Thank you, Fred… you made the point that I was going to make. Kendrick is a low-ceiling player. He has never projected higher than a 4th or 5th starter. He came on the scene, it took guys a while to figure him out and he was was able to pitch with confidence (hitting the corners and keeping the ball low) and some of us forgot that he wasn’t a Ferrari, he was a Taurus. Once the new car smell wore off and teams got the carfax report, they realized that he was nothing more than a midsized sedan. He doesn’t have enough pitches and he doesn’t have the mindset to make it in the big leagues…

    Mayberry looks like he could help out the big league roster (which could be necessary if Werth is on the mend) but it’s a struggle to figure out whether he’s better off playing every day in AAA. Donald has done great things at 2B and will absolutely help this team out in the early going. It seems like we might have a logjam when guys return… too many players and not enough roster spots. What a great problem to have! You don’t trade anyone at this point. It’s a long season… we got lucky last year (very few injuries). Even if Park starts out as our 5th starter (which I have been saying since day one), Happ will undoubtedly be pitching for our big league roster at some point this season. I don’t trust Park for an entire season but I think that he could give us a few good months… I would rather have Happ pitching for us down the stretch but it’s not bad to let him gain some confidence in the early going (pitching in AAA). I think that Coste has to go… I think that Stairs has to go… those roster spots might be enough to find room for Donald and Mayberry for a little while.

     
  • Posts: 0 PhillyGirlinMichigan

    Chuck P – Other teams got the Carfax report? Cute, like that :)

    Crap US just lost

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    ;-)

    No sweat PhillyGirl… US still moves on. They play the loser of the Netherlands/PR game. They sent out their bum pitchers today. The US still has a decent chance.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bonezy

    I heard a report from Daily News Live today that Kendrick was working on a changeup all day today and threw it all day. Maybe hewas not worried about giving up so many hit/runs because Dunee told him to keep throwing it. just a thought.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bonezy

    excuse me Dubee

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    any one watching the Seton Hall vs Cuse game on ESPN. A fight just broke out and there was a guy with a mets jacket on in the front row acting tough and yelling like he is somebody. I thought it was funny

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I know Jason has started 3rd a few games. Anyone know how he has looked? This may has the earmark of a storyline – if Donald were to spot Feliz. Jason has been a great surprise.

     
  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    Regardless, if Kendrick’s changeup is that hittable, he hasn’t developed it fully. He needs to start 2009 in triple-A to refine that pitch to at least make it a viable part of his repetoire. As it stands a combination of fastball/sinker won’t work to lefties.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    Heard the same thing, Bonezy… actually, Mitch Williams was talking about it on 610. Says that guys were “back-legging everything” because he was throwing his changeup every third pitch. Maybe his outing wasn’t as bad as the line would indicate but it was still bad and I have a hard time believing that he’s still the front runner for the #5 starter…

     
 
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