Kendrick Struggles Against Reds in 7-3 Loss

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, June 28, 2010 11:14 PM | Comments: 70
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Ryan Howard put good wood on a baseball and sent it to the deepest angle of Great American ballpark.  Off the bat, it looked long gone, but it ricocheted off the top of the center field wall.  That summed up the day for the Phillies:  nothing seemed to go their way.

Kyle Kendrick retired the first ten batters he faced, but fell apart quickly after.  In the fourth inning, Scott Rolen smacked a two-run shot to left.  Since leaving the Phillies, Rolen has given his former club all sorts of fits (.350 AVG career vs. Phillies) and troubles.  But that is typical for most ex-Phillies; it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

The Reds kept chipping away and tacked Kendrick for six runs (five earned) in 6.1 innings.

Meanwhile, Johnny Cueto cruised along, surrendering just one run in eight innings of work.  He got plenty of help from his defense, as the Reds backed him with numerous spectacular plays and web gems, showing why they lead the majors in fielding percentage.

The Phillies finally added a couple runs with two outs in the ninth inning.  Raul Ibanez sent Bill Bray’s breaking ball into the right field bleachers for a meaningless home run.  It can’t hurt his statistics.

There is a little concern regarding Chase Utley, who was mysteriously removed for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning.  It was later revealed that Utley had his thumb wrapped, and will have an MRI tomorrow.  Utley, who made a fielding error, injured his thumb by sliding head first into second base.

“Hopefully [Utley] isn’t seriously-seriously hurt. But for him to leave the game, that in itself says something. That’s the last guy is going to take himself out of the game,” Shane Victorino said (via Ryan Lawrence).

There is no word on the severity of the injury, but if Utley were to miss time, that would be a huge blow for an already snake-bitten clubhouse.  Placido Polanco would normally be the replacement, however he remains out of the lineup due to elbow problems.  Losing any player of Utley’s caliber is tough, so hopefully he does not miss a significant amount of time.

The Phillies’ 7-3 loss showed that the Reds are legitimate contenders.  They currently sit in first place in the National League Central, when in previous seasons they were towards the cellar.  The Reds finally have a healthy mix of young, talented players and proven veterans.  If the Phillies are going to contend, they have to beat teams like the Reds, who also have a chance to make the postseason.

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  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    This team is a mess.

    No leadoff hitter.

    2 outfielders who don’t hit.

    Lack of homer power in the lineup.

    Bottom of the lineup is a disaster.

    They NEVER come back when they get down,

    Face it, this is not the 2008 or 2009 team.

  • Posts: 0 Sean

    I completely disagree, we have Rollins just coming back who is starting to draw a few walks and a few hits a game. Gload and Valdez are filling in just fine in the bottom of the order and to say that Victorino and Ibanez CAN’T hit is exasperating. Just because they may not be at the top of their game does not mean they cannot hit. Also, the Philthers were 6-12 in interleague play in 2009 and just finished this year over .500 in interleague play. They have a better record leading into July this year than they did last year and on one last note Chooch should be back within days. Everyone is panicking just because Atlanta and NY might actually be good this year.

  • Posts: 0 mnjam

    Ibanez cannot hit. The 6 hole is a black hole. Deal with it.

  • Posts: 0 jonnyboy

    i knew the naysayers who are fans of other teams would be back. but take heart, the phillies are turned in the right direction and are gonna be in striking distance at the all star break. they will alsi have their yearly slump outta the way. It will be good for them to have a few days off to recover their health and refocus on the task at hand. Though, they are older and wiser, i don’t doubt their determination

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Hey jonnyboy……these are phillies fans saying this stuff…….

  • Posts: 0 beta sigma delta shag

    A few things first KK only struggled cause he was sent back out, I know he was leading off the top of the next inning but his pitches were getting up in the zone, should have pulled him and trust the pen to hold them down for 3 innings. Second, the reds are a good team and made some big plays on D. Plus the blown call on Raul’s DP turn the tide in my opionon. Not sure Howard scores there, but that would have changed the game, had the Cueto on the ropes and he got a reprieve. This was not a bad lose really, it got ugly in the 7th. But they hit the ball hard, as long as Chase is not hurt, they will be fine. If Big Joe can come out tomorrow and keep the Reds in the ball park and pitch like he did the last time out, the Phillies will score some runs. Win Tomorrow and Doc wins on Wednesday.
    What is the word on Chase anyone know

  • Posts: 0 Adrian

    Chase is a guy who doesn’t usually take head-first slides, which makes it even more of a shame if this injury keeps him out of the lineup. I absolutely love the way he plays the game, but that was a poor decision on his part. On the replay, it didn’t even look like he was running hard into second until three-quarters of the way to the bag. Not vintage Utley in any way.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Umps with some crappy calls tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Ibanez has one of the highest batting averages of anyone on the team over the last few weeks. Sadly he doesn’t have much power and can’t seem to go to the opposite field. Most of his hits are bleeders in between first and second. He has become as big of a GIDP nightmare as Valdez. Oh and his fielding isn’t getting any better. All that said, I think he will end the year hitting around .260, which for a 6/7 hole guy isn’t that bad.

    J-Roll needs to keep working counts, in some games he has done that, in others he is back to his first pitch free swinging ways.

    Lack of power is clearly an issue. As are the injuries. Then again, no one believed the Met’s sucked last year because of injuries but rather because they were just that bad. The Phillies have been pretty lucky over the last few years in regards to injuries, seems like they are paying for them tonight.

    Hopefully Blanton can continue to build off his last two starts.

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  • Posts: 0 NJ

    The team is certainly not in a mess, not firing on all cylinders but its foolish to expect them to be in a full out sprint at this point in the year.

    As it stands the Braves and Mets weren’t able to fully capitalize on the Phillies putrid run and now the teams trying a few different things to work out the best line-up. I frankly think Ibanez is getting a raw deal, he’s overpaid and has underperformed this year but he was brought in to be a role player and not an all-star candidate. Contenders have to pay for role players like Ibanez, Polanco, Moyer, Baez to support the guys on your roster your paying the big money to. The Mets are a prime example of this, they were strong when they had an abundance of role players and when Minaya allowed the depth to leave or traded them to be replaced by journeymen they were just a mediocre team with no direction.

    The Phils are primed to be in as good a position to contend as the last two years and it’s on guys like Cole, Lidge, Werth, Madson, Happ to be ready to take it to the max when the wins and losses really do matter.

  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Did anyone hear the comment last night that the Phillies have only had their regular full lineup together for 5 games this season? Man, I knew the injuries were bad, but I didn’t realize they were that bad. On a side note, I read this morning that Fausto Carmona might be available at the trade deadline. He’s a sinker baller who might fair well at the Bank. Opinions anyone?

  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Say what?

    The Mets had about the worst injury season in MLB history last year.

    Based on what was happening pre-injuires last year and what is happening this year, (pssst , they are better than the Phillies ) I’d say it’s fairly obvious they sucked because of injuries.

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    That injury “stat” is really misleading.

    The only prime time regular player to miss significant time is Rollins.
    It’s not the injuries. it’s the lack of production and/or consistency from the healthy players ( Ibanez…Utley…Howard…Werth).

    And yes I know -Howard’s average is good. But his power numbers are significantly down.

  • Posts: 0 George

    No, that “injury stat” is not misleading. Rollins missing significant time fouls up the entire order of things, because it forced Victorino into a role he’s not made for and also changed the bottom of the lineup. When that is coupled with Ruiz being out, Polanco being out, Castro being unable to sub, it makes a HUGE difference. There have been games the Phils have played with three subs in the lineup. There have been games with career minor leaguers behind the plate. If that’s not “significant,” I’m not sure what is. When a team loses just ONE key player per game, it changes everything. Lets face it, Gload as leadoff hitter isn’t exactly normal, and Valdez batting second isn’t either.

  • Posts: 0 George

    I’ve never figured out why players slide head first. It’s a proven formula for hand and wrist injuries.

  • Posts: 0 Ben

    Its like clockwork that the day after a loss everyone is running for the nearest cliff. There is still a LONG way to go in the season, and only 3.5 games out this is still anyone’s division.

  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    The fact that the Phillies have endured all kinds of injuries this year and are they only 3.5 out of first. With how bad things have been they should be almost 8 or 9 out, but the reason they are still right in it is because how good this team is still is. So they lost ONE game to a first place team on the road. That’s shocking, yeah right. I say they bounce back tonight behind Big Joe and then close this series out with a win by Doc.

  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    “And yes I know -Howard’s average is good. But his power numbers are significantly down.”

    Here are a few others whose power numbers are down: Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Hanley Ramirez, and Derrick Lee (who some would rather seem to have than Howard). Those are just a few examples. And go figure it’s starting to heat up and so is Howard’s SLG%. He’s slugging .648 this month. His power is really fading away.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Phillies just won something goofy like 9-of-their last 13 games … Rollins comes back, Moyer is pitching well

    … and we lose last night, to the 1st place Reds, with Cueto on the hill .. and SURPRISE!! … we get to read comments about how this team sucks

    the daily-flip-flop stuff is ridiculous.

    The Phillies THIS YEAR, have had more significant injuries than any other team in baseball , and we’re still 6 games above .500 right now … which I guess isn’t good enough for the NEW fans (the ones since Sept 2007) who wanted the Phillies to clinch the 2010 World Series title this month

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Here are the players in MLB that have 15 or more HRs, more RBI’s and a higher batting average than Ryan Howard:

    Howard is at .296, 15 HRs, 55 RBI

    Josh Hamilton = .346, 18 HR, 57 RBI
    Miguel Cabrera = .335, 20 HR, 66 RBI
    Vladdy = .327, 15 HR 60 RBI
    Paul Konerko = .296, 20 HR, 56 RBI

    Here are the guys with less RBI, but 15+ HR, and a .296+ Batting Avg:

    Cano = .359, 15 HR, 53 RBI
    Justin Morneau = .350, 15 HR, 49 RBI
    Joey Votto = .312, 16 HR, 51 RBI
    Adrian Gonzalez= .306, 16 HR, 50 RBI
    Kevin Youkilis = .306, 15 HR, 50 RBI
    Pujols = .305, 16 HR, 52 RBI
    Scott Rolen = .301, 17 HR, 53 RBI


    So to say that Howard’s “POWER NUMBERS ARE DOWN” is pretty dumb, because his numbers are right there with the best players in baseball

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  • Posts: 0 Don M

    What’s the Over/Under on “weight loss posts” on this thread before the day is over, …

    I’ll take anything over 6

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  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    14 lbs in 5 days isn’t bad. May have to take a look. Nah, think I’ll have another beer.

    I still think there are too many people who think baseball is like football – every game being a “do or die”. Somewhere in the low 90s takes the division. Looking at one game, or even one series is meaningless – you need to watch the trends.

    The starting pitching is good enough – 2 aces, Moyer having an incredible year, Blanton progressing – will be typical Blanton by Aug (2 – 3 runs in 6 or 7 innings), KK a decent bottom of the order guy (gives you a chance win, doesn’t wear out the pen by getting shelled in the 2nd). The bullpen is a little on the thin side, but good enough, maybe grab another scrap heap guy – will also have either Happ or KK there in a few weeks.

    I don’t care about the bottom of the order. While his power is down a bit, Ib is at career average – stay there, he’ll be fine. Vic is a perfect #7 hitter – streaky, but is enough of a threat that you have to be concerned about him, comes through when you least expect it, plays solid center.

    It’s the 1-5 (except Howard) that concern me a bit. Rollins looks like the calf problems are behind him, and he is maintaining plate discipline – hits will come. PP is the best #2 hitter in baseball, but is banged up. There isn’t another good option to bat 2nd. Utley was just starting to come back around – hopefully the injury isn’t serious. Howard has been very solid – no complaints there. Werth’s streaks have already been well documented. We can live with any one of those guys hurt/out/slumping, but it gets tough to score runs when its 2 or more.

    The Reds are for real, need a pen though. Look for them to bring up Chapman.

    I like where we’re going, and if Rollins and either Utley or Polanco can stay on the field, still looking at being within a few (possibly in 1st) by the all-star break.

  • Posts: 0 Bobby D

    Zagurski could stand to lose a few.

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Howards numbers are WAY down.You’re comparing apples to oranges; Other guys’ stats are irrelevant. It’s him v him.


    Scroll down to the 162 game projections.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    POWER NUMBERS in baseball are way down …. pitchers are now dominating hitters in ways that haven’t been seen in 20 years .. Howard’s numbers are WAY DOWN from what? He usually doesn’t hit his power surge until after the all-star break anyway.

    The point I made last week though was last year, people bitched that Howard wasn’t a good enough hitter ..

    Right now he’s hitting .296 … and his “POWER NUMBERS” are up there with the rest of the best in the game

    Nobody is going to hit 50 HRs this year.. probably due to all the supplement stuff that they dont allow anymore. guys are afraid to take stuff that was “safe” in years past because a false-positive still gets you 50 games, and labels you a cheater for your entire career .

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Also… where is the link for the 162 game projections? (there are 1,563 links on that page)

    #2 …. I dont know how much that would mean anyway, three weeks ago, Ubaldo Jimenez was projected to have a season ERA under 1.10, with 37 Wins this season

    a month ago Matt Capps was on pace to break the all-time record for Saves in a season

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  • Posts: 0 Ben

    i love how people bitch about his power numbers being down when he’s almost hitting .300. then when he hits .250 but his power numbers are up he strikes out too much and is a liability.

    barring injury i’d put a large sum of money that if howard hits over .290 for the year and will have 125+ RBIs and 40+ homeruns.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    thats FOUR of the weight loss posts.. just a few more, and I’m a winner

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Injuries are a huge problem, but that happens when you play in the WS two straight seasons. A lot of extra games and a shorter off season. That’s why a repeat appearence was/is such a big deal. 3 in a row would be a miracle.

    Let’s recap the injuries closer, set-up man, #3 starter, #4 starter,3 other RP’s, leadoff hitter, 3b playing hurt most of the year, Catcher…

    Only 3.5 back. Phils are right there. Hyward just went on the DL and some of them older Braves who have been resting during theoff season will start to break down. Just have to hope Chase’s injury isn’t serious.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    off season = post season. Also, Cueto pitched a very good game good pitching always beats good hitting. No need to panic.

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Well forget Howard, then. BecauseI would agree, he isn’t the one who is responsible for this team’s lack of offense.

    The numbers for Ibanez and Utley are markedly off from last year.

    I would agree, even if Howard’s are down, he is a second half guy.

    Utley and Ibanez are not.

    Utleys’ 2009 numbers dropped from 2008, but not by that much . This year the drop is going to be steep.

    Low 20′s in homers, 75-80 RBI

    Paltry for a #3 hitter.

    The reason? I have no idea. Only one one answer ( unfortunatley ) makes sense.

  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    i am so soso sick of people bashing ryan howard.ryan is actually hitting for a higher avg this year which is what everybody complained about for years,he still hitting hrs,still got the r.b.i.s,what else do u want??”??with out ryan this team would be 10 games back !!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    You could see this coming with regard to Ryan and his “power” numbers being down. Fans have been b!tching about his low BA every season since he’s been up….”Oh, he strikes out too much, swings for the fences all the time. Why doesn’t he try to hit more for average than power?” So….NOW his BA is up, HR’s down, and people are STILL complaining. There are just Ryan Howard haters out there, and they’ll never be satisfied with anything he does. Jeez….

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I think Utley’s numbers are easy to explain.. he’s not a power-hitter

    he’s among the best All-Around players, but that is including things like Head-Heart-&-Hustle … he’s never going to lead the league in the Triple Crown catergories, but he’s one of the best players in the league.

    Ibanez … played a longer season than he ever has before, complete with a second-half injury, and an offseason surgery.. He hasn’t looked as bad as everyone wants to believe

    but in reality, he’ll be closer to his career average of 22 HRs, than his career high 2009 total of 34 HR… he’s got 6 right now, I think he gets to 20 HRs

    .260, 20 HRs, 80 RBI … all of those are conservative predictions, and I’d definitely take that from our #6-#7 hitter every single year

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Mark, assuming you’re talking ‘roids. There is not an athlete on the planet who would surprise me if they were found to be using PEDs, Chase included (although he has pretty good hair for a roider). To state that only one answer makes sense is ridiculous, and un-American (innocent until proven guilty).

    There are several possibilities, including – off juice, off speed, injury to any number of locations, newly married (which could have multiple sub-issues), eye issues, aging, lost drive to succeed (more unlikely than peds, but possible), no longer stealing signals, as well as several other universal causes – change in the ball, weather, widened strike zone,…

    Power is down across the league (see Don M’s post, at this point last year, 4 guys from the Phils were above Hamilton’s homers, plus a bunch of others around the league). Personally, as long as the playing field is even, I don’t really care what the cause is, but I have a hard time believing 90% of all hitters were juicing last year (think it was less than half even in the PEDs prime). Utley hasn’t consistently looked right at the plate since April, but he has also played 170+ games two years in a row at a demanding, high contact position (while catcher may have a harder impact,there is at least 5 take out slides at 2nd for every play at the plate).

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    17 of Raul’s 40 HRs as a Phillie came in his first two months with the team. He’s hit 23 in the seven months that followed. The splits after those first two months are well documented and show no signs of changing. I don’t see Ibanez getting to 20 HRs this season…he’ll be lucky to hit 15.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    @bfo – Werth is fine. He shot off like a rocket; hit the slump when everyone else did; and is out of it now. Unfortunately Ibanez follows him & tends to bat into situations that either cause a double play or get Werth out & leave Ibanez on 1st (which makes me lose my voice yelling at the tv).

    I love Chase Utley (aka ‘God’) as much as the next guy. I honestly wasn’t worried about his hitting b/c I thought it would pick up later. I respect him as a player & a person. But on top of what you all have been talking about, his errors are up this season. I can only think he’s tried to compensate & has developed an unfortunate tendency to hog the ball, backing up into CF & RF a LOT. Unnecessary – considering the calliber of players in CF & RF. They don’t need help, and nobody likes a ball-hog. He does this to the point of causing collisions. He’s lucky they both watch for him now. If he played on my HS team, someone would’ve called him out by now. Knock it off.

    And suddenly that unnecessary steal at 2nd last night. If he’d just stayed at 1st…and finding out that he’s injured on top of it just makes me angry at him. He’s always trying to be a hero. Stop it. I understand he was playing ‘all out’, but it wasn’t needed. Now he’s cost the entire team.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff Y.

    What’s with all the weight loss ads?

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Phan, agreed – looks like Chase is overcompensating. There is a part of me that hopes he has a hand injury serious enough to put him on the dl for 15 days, but mild enough enough that it will be solid when he comes back. While not as variable as Vic, Werth is a streaky hitter, usually gets covered up by the other hot bats at the time. As much as I’d like to see it, I realize he’s not going to hit 0.365 with 70 hrs, but 0.285, 35 hrs will work out quite nicely.

    Through it all, I firmly believe the Phils are the team to beat in the NL. In their recent run the last 3+ years, they’ve never played well with a big lead, but always stayed in striking distance. I expect nothing less this year. In the east, they still have 4 of the best 8 positions players and 2 of the best 5 starters.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    Utley & Howard make huge sums of money from this team & have for yrs (as does Roy Halladay now I might add).

    Howard has just signed far in advance of anything anyone might call necessity for an even larger sum of money – for a team that now refuses to pay the other players that fans here would like to keep on this team. At an advanced age for a baseball player he has an Option wherein he will be paid $10mil whether or not he does a darned thing for the Phillies. That, by anyone’s measure, is insanity.

    THAT contract and the money calls attention to Ryan Howard and anything he does. THAT is why people focus on every small thing he does not do. THAT is why nothing he does will ever be enough. He alone is the one who wanted the money. He alone signed the contract and took the paycheck. He seems to be suffering the scrutiny just fine. It goes with the territory. If he didn’t want it, then he shouldn’t have taken it. My sympathy lies elsewhere.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Anyone consider the fact that Howards power numbers are down a bit because for a good while Werth wasn’t hitting for sh*t and thus Howard wasn’t seeing anything worth hitting either because pitchers would much rather pitch to Werth over Howard?

    Cause that seems rather likely to me…

    Also…Ken Griffey Jr. on his best day probably weight 30 lbs less than what Howard does now and he didn’t have problems hitting home runs.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Im confused … Howard deserves “blame” for hitting .296, 15 HR, 55 RBI to this point?

    Outside of the intelligent people that comment on this website, I would imagine that everyone, everywhere, at every stage of baseball, and especially within the Phillies organization would say that Howard is having a GREAT season to this point

    Ryan Howard was going to get paid that much money by somebody… and the Phillies decided to keep him here instead of letting him walk. And it cost them money to do that.. Now, a similar market, St. Louis, will have to pay Pujols more than the contract that Ryan Howard just got, and whoever wants Prince Fielder will have to pay him something more than $100 M too

    the Phillies figured if they were keeping Howard, they might as well drive everyone else’s payroll up too

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    By reading some of these comments from some of these so-called “fans”, I would say that Chicken Little is about to make another appearance to declare what he always does…..

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Smart money says that in year 3 or 4 of this deal, Ryan Howard is going to be a BARGAIN for the Phillies…

    He works his a$$ off every off-season, reports to Clearwater IN SHAPE, works on his fielding, works on his hitting, is a team leader.

    Has the numbers so far this year to prove it…

    And yet the guy is getting blamed for having “down” numbers. And the Phillies are getting blamed for keeping him here.

    Why wouldn’t it be a good bet….based on his work habits…and his history of production…that Ryan Howard will be producing what his contract is worth….or EVEN BETTER….in 3, 4, 5 years???

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    I agreed with Don M and Georgie regarding Howard’s “power numbers”. You will always have whiners complaining over nothing. Personally, RBIs are more important than how many homers Howard hits. Howard continues to be the team leader in RBIs and is among league leaders in the Year of The Pitchers. It’s great that he has improved in making more contact, less strikeouts and hitting close to .300 for BA. His defensive fielding has also improved this season and last. Still..the whiners are out there…oh well.

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