Kendrick Continues to Make His Case

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, March 08, 2010 10:06 PM | Comments: 71
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Kyle Kendrick is on a mission.  He’s been picking Roy Halladay’s brain.  Some days, he beats Halladay to the ballpark — which is usually as early as 5:00 a.m!  By his current work ethic, it’s easy to tell that Kendrick wants to be the Phillies’ fifth starter.

The New York Yankees defeated the Phillies 7-5 on Monday, but the Phillies received an impressive outing from Kendrick, who continues to make his case for the final spot in the rotation.  Kendrick tossed three scoreless innings.  In the process, he struck out one, allowed just one hit and did not walk a batter.

On the other hand, Jose Contreras pitched terribly.  In 1.2 innings, he surrendered six runs on six hits and three walks.  There was a very slight chance that Contreras would be the fifth starter, but it’s more realistic for him to fill Chan Ho Park’s spot in the bullpen, with Kendrick and Jamie Moyer dishing it out for the fifth slot.

Also in the game, Jimmy Rollins (2-for-4) smashed his second home run of the spring.  For the first time this spring, Domonic Brown did not get a hit (0-for-2).

Halladay will start tomorrow against the Braves.  Andrew Carpenter, Danys Baez, and Ryan Madson are slated to pitch.  Billy Wagner is scheduled to pitch for the Braves.

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  • Posts: 0 NJ

    The really chuckle is McPhail and MacPhail… And above all Hendry (aren’t the Cubs the laughing stock of the upper teams in baseball with a very unimpressive farm system at all levels?)

    Of course your going to produce prospects like Matuz, Tillman, Jones, Wieters if you plow your money into prospects and are fortunate enough to have an opposing GM come up with one of the worst deals in major league history. How are his deals on the major league level? Tejada? Mora? How has their pitching staff been under him?

    The Rangers have got rid of virtually everything at the major league level in the last few years for prospects and have consistently been investing in prospects not veterans. If Amaro sold off the entire major league roster and collected more draft very early draft picks than almost any other team we’d love ‘as good’ as the Rangers do right now… Who’s more likely to win a World Series in the next 5 years?

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    If I have to read one more idiotic post about the Polanco signing I swear I gonna throw-up on this site. (Not sure HOW I would do that exactly)

    Can we just let the newly-acquired third baseman play AT LEAST one regular season game….before we start calling his signing a bad one??

    Moyer…I get that one. BUT….this year hasn”t started yet, Jamie looks pretty good, maybe he can contribute (somehow I think he will)…..so let’s just TRY to have an open mind.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Get of your high horse NJ. Get back to your job at Walmart. I can have my own opinion on this team. Yes Tampa was weak. They got lucky when the Yankees were not the Yankees. Pena and Eva did not hit in that world series. I love the Moyer deal. All those millions for a guy who will get destroyed against a good offense. Kendrick please. He will never be a good pitcher in the majors. Blanton will always be just ok. Happ I am hoping will be the future and Hamels has the stuff just has a big head that gets filled so quickly. Lidge is done. Had one great year. He can explode at anytime. Our bullpen is weak. Hey as long as we score 6 or more

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Dang, Don beat me to the punch. Another – Epstein at #2. Spent $100M on Dice-K, and got a below average pitcher at best. Makes the Eaton signing look smart. Cashman at 3 is a total joke – Giambi, Pavano, Big Unit, overbid against himself for A-rod (who else was even going to put up $150M?),… too many others from both teams to count. Those two can cover up every bad signing with money. I agree with a few, but in general, it was lazy journalism at best.

    At this point in his career, Rube is probably middle of the pack. Less than perfect, but certainly hasn’t damaged the future of the org by any means.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    Plain and simply put….You’re an A$$.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Jeff what constitutes a strong bullpen, like the bench its the one place you don’t look at the name on the uniform but how well will the guy fit his role?

    Hey if your bi-polar your entitled to get a free pass on trying to bring the rest of us down but your opinion is just bitter and ill-informed, with no research and supporting evidence. Your just spewing out hate when the rest of us want to talk baseball, if your going to make a point go ahead, just back it… The rest of us will change our tone and say well play, don’t agree but you’ve made a good point. There, something to aspire to. Now excuse me I have to get back to my job stacking shelves in Walmart…

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    cute chucky…get out of your moms house already.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Don’t insiders constantly say success will be what defines a persons career, championships, MVP’s, awards…

    Isn’t a better off-season defined by how close you are to being able to contend for a championship both now and down the road? Who has really closer on both of those, the Phils or ‘the best off-season’ Mariners?

    I’m not saying its a conspiracy but the sports community doesn’t like Philly, this isn’t NYC or LA that gets a pass for its ego. The baseball community is very quick to forget the accomplishments of the front office/players on this team.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Jeff’s METS are definitely going to be better this year, if they can get healthy..

    Omar Minaya running things.. THAT is how a REAL GM does it

    Ruben better wake up and stop ruining this franchise!!!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    It’s interesting that you tell NJ to “get off his high horse”…

    ….when you’re the one that’s spouting off like he’s got the world by his throat.

    And my Mom’s house was sold years ago…and she’s no longer alive.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Oh no… wasn’t life so much better when Jeff was hiding under his rock?

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    LMAO on Cashman at #3. Anyone can sign the best FA’s with that payroll.

    I hate the no-trade clause in Ibanez’ contract ore than the 3rd year.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Something tells me that no-trade clause won’t be an issue…if the Phillies get to that point. It’s probably there just as a formality….a “deal-sealer”.

    Jeff…what’s your’re opinion of that, again?? Didn’t catch it the first time.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Hasn’t Jake Peavy proved a no-trade clause doesn’t mean much anymore…

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    A no trade limits the available options so you may eat more money or get less value in return.

  • Posts: 0 Bobby D

    MLB Network pointed out that Contreras hasn’t
    pitched against anybody but the Yankees this spring. I’d like to see him throwing to some NL hitters and how they handle him.

  • Posts: 0 WFC010


    my opinion of Contreras is based off watching him in previous seasons and really not liking what I was seeing. While I would love to see him prove me wrong, I am trying to keep my expectations low and hope he surprises me. The deal was certainly cheap and low risk enough, I just hope that they don’t keep him around if he does terribly.

    And please, I don’t like one move the Phillies made…so what? I was in favor of all their other offseason moves, so i’m not trying to complain.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    SO WHAT???

    So Let’s Dance!!!


  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    Glad to see everyone’s over the Halladay trade……Oh wait

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova


    First off change your name its embarrassing to be associated with someone who knows very little about this team and organization.

    This team as it stands right now is in fact better than the championship team from top to bottom and will be.

    You really can’t judge a trade till all parts are played out.
    So if Cliff Lee goes to Seattle and has an average year, Hamels regains form, Halladay wins Cy Youngs, and Drabek never amounts to anything along with Carrasco, Marsen, Donald, and friends.

    Does that make Ruben a genius?

    What if we win 2 more rings with Halladay and continue to have good minor league production.

    When can some just relax on the deals made.

    Jeff there is a reason He is the GM and you continue to work at 7-eleven and make minimal wage.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I think Jeff and mikemike are somehow related. Maybe father/son, brothers, or even just from the same depressing neighborhood. It’s amazing how much they sound the same when they bitch and moan about the Phillies.

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