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Kendrick Lays an Egg as Phillies Drop Another

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, July 19, 2010 10:40 PM | Comments: 46
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“Lucky” is an HBO documentary that follows the lives of people who have won the lottery and those who strive to be one of those to cash out on a huge jackpot. A family from the Princeton, NJ area won $110 million. A woman from Newark, DE has spent nearly $100 every day for the past 30 years in hopes of those magic numbers coming out.

What’s this have to do with baseball? Well, it could mean nothing. Or it could mean something. Basically, I switched the channel after the Kyle Kendrick 5th inning implosion, but this program shed some light on things.

For two seasons, the Phillies were winning the lottery. Now, it feels as though they’ve spent all the money and are once again back where they started.

Tonight, they weren’t so lucky. Scratch that – tonight, Kyle Kendrick wasn’t so lucky in the 8-4 loss to St. Louis. The Phillies starter was ineffective from the get-go, allowing runs in the first and second innings before the Cardinals struck for five more in the fifth to break the game open. Home runs by Albert Pujols, Allen Craig, and Skip Schumaker turned the tide and sent the reeling Phillies even deeper into their freefall.

Roles have seemingly reversed for this team. The starting rotation that had been the rock is now it’s peg leg. An offense that could do no right is now doing more right than before, although there is certainly still room for improvement.

In the opening inning for the Phillies, it looked like one of those explosive nights the faithful have longed for was on the horizon. The Phillies manufactured runs the old fashioned way; singles and doubles.  A three-run first was followed by one run over the final eight innings. By games end, it was back to the way it has been all season. The lineup leaves you longing for more.

Thirteen hits were recorded by the Phillies, including two from Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Carlos Ruiz. However, leaving nine on base will bring you losses more often than victories.

And it won’t get easier from here. Chris Carpenter awaits tomorrow night, followed by Jamie Garcia and all-star Adam Wainwright.

The Phillies may have won the lottery two years ago, and won a handsome prize a year ago.  They may also still be in an enviable situation, but that doesn’t mean the fan base won’t ask for more. What the Phils need now is some better play out of their high-priced players, and a little luck couldn’t hurt either. As they say just before the Powerball drawing, “goodnight and good luck.”

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  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Kendrick should have been pulled early. He stunk, had no command and Charlie Manuel left him in too long. Figueora would have been a perfect long reliever, but we sent him down. Or, perhaps this would have been a good cameo for Happ. Charlie needs to UP his gameday strategy. Werth showed no clutch and I bet the dollars are falling off his value daily. Howard and Polanco continue to contribute. Victorino looked decent. Werth’s getting picked off spoke volumes. Well, we always have tomorrow, tomorrow, we always have tomorrow …………………….

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Kendrick is a conundrum he either has excellent stuff or is awful there is rarely in between with him. He is the perfect candidate for the Philly curse. In when and if we trade him he have 17 wins with a 2.85 ERA. I feel we have given plenty of chances to further hone his skills. We see brilliance then total collapse. Phils need to get another starter….I rarely mention his name but Lee Lee Lee…

     
  • Posts: 0 Chop2010

    Oh my God the Phillies and Mets are making this so easy on the Braves. Thank you for the division!

     
  • Posts: 0 guest

    It’s over Johnny! It’s over! They should trade now but for next year. I don’t believe there is any hope. The only thing I hope is that on Aug. 21st they are still somewhat in it as I will be at the game. (I’m from Az)

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I thought Happ was still getting lit up at the Minors? Is he on the Roster now Bart?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    July 16 update: “Happ allowed three runs on five hits in his second start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley since being optioned to the minors. Happ struck out seven and walked four.”

    Fastball between 92-95 mph.

    Looks like he’s almost ready. Hang on there, phans.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    The Braves are just lucky in this divison. There pitching is good but there offense it terrible. If the Phillies were playing like last season we would be up by 10. When we started off good we had the Braves in the back. Happ will never be solid for us. Kendrick is a waste. Trade Werth now. Get something for him. Bring up Brown. What is Ruin wating for. Do something. Bring in Bobby V next season. These guys wont be smiling like they do for Cholly.

     
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  • Posts: 0 Nunzio Scholeri

    Given that for most of the early innings Kendrick was throwing far more balls than strikes, it was obvious that a meltdown would happen at some point. He had no control, and when he buckled down and threw a strike it would be right down the middle, which as we all know does not get batters out.

    Gotta say, I am really happy with where Howard is at the moment. Looking at some of his stats tonight side by side with Pujols… right next to each other in HR; Pujols leading in average but Howard with a good chunk more RBIs and just starting to really get hot. If he can keep his average up as we go through the summer and his power heats up, he’ll be deadly.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Too soon to give on Happ the guy is coming off injury. He is still some what young with only 1 full season…Lets give him a chance…He has to find him self hopefully sooner than later

     
  • Posts: 0 Utley26

    The Mets or as I like to call them The Mess are falling apart (while 100% healthy which makes it funny),the Nats and Marlins are straight up terrible so we won’t finish the season in last place! YAY!

    ……………………………

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I can deal with crappy players playing like crap. That is the type of baseball I grew up with. So I don’t really mind when Kendrick gets rocked. He should not be starting for a team trying to compete for a World Series. He’d be a good #5 on a team hoping to finish close to .500. I do mind when he is left in to pitch when giving up 5 runs in a inning. He should have been pulled after the second homer in the inning. A completely cold Chad Durbin could not have been any worse than KK. Also, McCarthy totally jinxed Kendrick by saying he needed to have a shut down inning right before he gave up the 5 runs.

    But it is the good players playing like crap that I can’t take. The outfield is totally worthless right now, and I can’t stand hearing there is no room for Dom Brown. I can think of 3 outfield positions he could take over for and would be an improvment. Wilson Valdez is a crap hitter, and a great fielder. But if the big bats are doing their jobs, you don’t care what Wilson Valdez is doing at the plate. I understand that Rollins is coming back from a injury. But c’mon!

    How many times is this team going to hit rock bottom this year? I thought getting swept by the Mets and not scoring a run the entire series was going to be it. Or losing 3 of 4 to the Pirates. Or the blown 5 run lead to the Twins. I’m sure if I look at the schedule, I could find 2 or 3 other moments.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    The team needs a major shakeup thats all their is too it until then we can expect to see this team who stuggles to score runs…i’ve always liked werth and always will,but i agree trade him i mean we most likely aren’t re-signing him so get something for him now…

     
  • Posts: 0 ActuallyChilled

    It seems like we’ve been half a game behind the Met’s for half a year now. Which means, they have been just as lousy at baseball. Cmon Philly, find the phire.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Yes the Mets got the great Beltran back and promptly on cue fall apart.

    I am trying to be as positive as I can. But you cant win every year and this just may not be the Phils year. It still could be. But somehow they need to try to take 2 of the next 3 from the Cards.

     
  • Posts: 0 ActuallyChilled

    Yea, I too can feel Beltran’s squad hooking us up with another mega crash vibe. Don’t forget to take the popcorn out of the mircrowave…

    I just looked at the box score tonight and was amazed to see that Werth has still managed to hit at a .280 clip. Doesn’t it feel like he’s more of a .242er right now?

    It is true, you win some, lose some. But we hate to see underachieving, I think that’s the thing that bites… I mean, it’s not like this is a mid 90′s style makeup of a Phillies team where .500 ball is a joyous celebration and Doug Glanville’s 200th hit of the season fills one with an indescribable pride.

    They’ll do something… I don’t know what… but something is going to happen. Perhaps something weird.

    In some weird way though, this season has generated more interest from me than the past two. Not unlike the urge to watch terrible youtube videos…

     
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  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Pat, I would hardly call the starting rotation the teams’ “peg leg”. Halladay, while not great the other night, wasn’t awful either. The Phils were still in the game when he left. It wasn’t his best outing, however. That’s for sure.

    Hamels has been great. Thank God for him right now.

    I agree. Kendrick and Moyer have been solid at times (Moyer BRILLIANT at times) but lately no so much. Blanton just hasn’t found his stride yet.

    Just as quickly as these guys have pitched poorly….they can go out and pitch a gem.

    Hopefully, it comes soon….a few in a row….. coupled with the offense that knows how to crank out 13 hits like last night.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    The Stl pitcher had nothing last night – shouldn’t have made it out of the third inning. After the 1st, RISP woes continue.

    I think Werth got a lobotomy when Howard got his contract. I realize he’s never been a real smart n Molina, not like it’s Posado player, but his concentration just isn’t there. When Molina set up inside (and for God’s sake, it’s a freakin Molina back there, not like it’s Posada or some other weak armed catcher), I told myself a snap throw was coming. That’s his move, setup inside on a lefty, snap throw to first around the back of the batter. Rally kill. He seems to go up there looking for a walk, takes a weak swing with 2 strikes. 2 singles last night, neither were hit well.

    Werth isn’t the only reason for the swoon, and I still think we’re a better team with him, but I wish he would get his head in the game. He and Howard can carry the offense when both are playing well. Howard is having a career year, but can’t do it alone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Papa Thompson

    I really can’t blame Charlie for that meltdown. No pitcher, no matter what their stuff is like on any given night, should give up 3 HR is one inning. Kyle’s command was off, but I really didn’t think he was that bad before the fifth. The first two runs he gave up were on groundballs. Granted, he put runners on base. But through four innings, he pitched pretty well once they got there. I think Kyle got himself rattled because he wasn’t getting much of strike zone to work with. He made a good pitch that was called a ball before Pujols’ HR. But he should have stopped it there. The fact he gave up two more HR says to me that he lost focus more so than that he just didn’t have it. And I wouldn’t have wanted to see Charlie burn a reliever there with Kendrick batting third in the next half.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Not sure what I did on the editting there – one of these days I’ll get used to this laptop. Hope the intent came through (when Molina is catching, shorten the lead a bit, pay attention). Chuck, agree on starting pitching. While KK struggled with location, a few more runs by the offense in the early innings would have taken the Stl bats out of the game before the 5th. It’s a whole lot easier to pitch with a 5 run lead vs a close game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Where’s Brett Myers when you need him?

    I’m Ted Bell.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    You guys are still watching the games? What a waste of 3 hours.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Dave….

    That’s what “real fans” do…… watch their favorite team no matter how well or how poorly they are playing.

     
  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    When you pull Kendrick early, who is he replaced by? If we had Figueroa, maybe you take that option more seriously. Gtg some reason though, we decided to keep the awful Baez around. Why? I don’t know. Wait, I think I do. Management probably feels “pot committed” to Baez. Instead of being objective and forgetting about money already spent, management seems to continue to be ruled by preseason expectations.

    This is always one of the most frustrating things in sports. The money is spent. Move on and stop letting people like Baez figure out themselves when games are on the line for a playoff caliber team. It’s really that easy. Someone like Amaro has to swallow his pride first though and publicly admit that he was wrong. That’s probably the hardest part.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Dave, your spending time logging into a site commenting on something that you no longer follow? Who’s wasting their time?

    I emphatically believe that the pieces are here, and if they play to their historical average (I’m not talking about potential, but just the average over the past 3 years), this is a playoff team. 2008 and 2009 had their low points also – both seasons had significant strecthes where we didn’t look like a playoff team, let alone a WS team. Will it happen? I don’t know, but I’ll enjoy watching it unfold, even when some of the games hurt.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I’m with Nick – what in the F* is Danys Baez AND Herndon doing on this team? Why would the Phils send down Figueroa who has shown he can last a few innings when all we have seen from Herndon and Baez is crap and more crap.

    Last night it was obvious to me that Kyle was off early on. More balls than strikes – when he imploded, Cholly left him in for ‘just one more out’ – mistake. But take note, the Cards pitcher Hawksworth stunk as well. Less than 60% of his pitches were for strikes, and the Phils wound up getting 10 hits off him.

    The offense had a chance to do more, we all saw it and they failed. When you have guys whiffing at the first pitch (Shane is really pissing me off with this) – you are letting the opposing pitcher off the hook.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yeah…can someone PLEASE tell Shane that’s it’s really OK to NOT swing at the first pitch all the time?? It always seems like there are runners on with two outs and he swings wildly and pops it up.

    I think Herndon is here because of his Rule 5 status and the Phils obviously saw something in Spring Training. At what point, though, do the Phils cut their ties with him?

    Baez has good stuff and historically has been a good reliever. I was for his signing….but to me his time is running out. I cringe every time I see him out there any more.

    Is Figgy really the answer?? I mean, how much success can the guy really have if you bring him back up?? He will probably have some dec ent outings and some that suck.

     
  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Chuck,
    I think there are teams out of contention that may like a guy like herndon. He’s young, cheap and shows some promise. Figgy isn’t great, but he’s a nice piece when you have Kendrick and moyer blowing up a lot. I could see herndon as a piece in a tejada or wiggington trade or another desrirable if.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I think that’s why the Phils are reluctant to let Herndon go….”young, cheap and shows some promise.” Just not sure that he’s what we needs right now, though.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chris.I

    Its ashame how many fans this year have no faith because we’ve been playing bad ball, but let me remind everyone…Our remaining schedule for the rest of the season is mostly division games, and with the teams in the race for the wildcard. If we start putting up the numbers that were capable of, we can quickly bounce back.

    One thing is for sure….If we don’t fix this 2B problem, and keep stinky Valdez in our lineup, than this season is over. We need someone quick to fill in for Utley at 2nd because Valdez is NOT the answer if we want to contend and stay in this race

     
  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Chuck,

    if the Phils ate going to get in this thing now, I believe they need to make some moves. A starter, an if, a rp, something. Mathiason and scwimmer should be ready next year.

    Is there an experation on a rule 5 guy or is his major league status necessary forever?

     
  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    Brooks, don’t even get me started on Herndon. If they DFA him at this point, how many teams would be interested anyway? We should take a shot with people in our own system before they become more disenchanted than they already may be. Last thing we need are good prospects demanding to be traded. I bring this up because I’ve heard that Mathieson wants to be traded apparently. It may be just a rumor, by lets face it, the future is now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    My understanding is that a Rule 5 guy can be traded but that his new team has to honor the same rules and offer him back to his original team if they decide to waive him and he clears waivers. It’s good for one year.

    So, for example, and to use the Orioles since you mentioned Wigginton and Tejada….if the Phils traded Herndon to the O’s for one of those guys….the O’s have to keep him on their 25 man roster for the rest of the year or offer him back to the Angels.

    I think that’s right??

     
  • Posts: 0 Rich

    Please fire Charlie Manuel now….and trade Jimmy Rollins…he is worthless as a hitter!

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    I enjoy reading everyone’s goofy comments in the morning while I drink my coffee…but it doesn’t take me 3 hours.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Good plan Rich, those guys haven’t proven anything!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    a Rule 5 players must be offered back to their ORIGINAL team .. in this case, the Angels ..

    if they don’t take him back, I believe the Phillies could sign him to a minor league deal .. (like we did with Victorino in 2004 or 2005)

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    ActuallyChilled — Wow pulse on the public. A perfect example of why no matter what Werth does – he won’t win: “…was amazed to see that Werth has still managed to hit at a .280 clip. Doesn’t it feel like he’s more of a .242er right now?”

    Someone did one helluva PR campaign on Werth. Someone in the FO flipped out when he & his beard rocketed out of the gate in April & he was all over the internet. Fans were loving it. They saw a full on disaster that they could NOT AFFORD. The only way to save themselves was to GET RID OF IT. It worked beautifully. Werth’s being run out of town faster than you can say Brett Myers.

    Everyone bought it, including (and this is the worst part) Werth himself. He allowed them to to steal his confidence in the talent he’s always had. He lost faith in himself. Forget staying w/the team he wanted to be on, in the city where he wanted to stay, forget the contract he wanted, forget the respect he worked so hard for, forget working since little league to be like his great grandfather, his grandfather, his uncle, and his stepdad. It’s all over b/c the media, the team, & the fans need a scapegoat – oh yeah – and a pitcher. And b/c he caved to the pressure. And 95% of people would have too. He’s a ball player, not Atlas.

    Folks, get a grip. He can still play and he’s no worse than anyone else on this team.

    Howard hit into a double play last night. Rollins played like crap, he’s been playing like crap. He’s gotten 3 – 4 really solid hits since he returned. Victorino has had 3 yrs free reign w/his volatile temper (pushing Charlie’s buttons), unintelligent moves, and up & down play. People LOVE him – three Years. Our pitchers give up HRs by the barrels full. Our bull pen stinks. Madson was out b/c he couldn’t control his temper, and he wasn’t a great pitcher to begin with. And let’s face it, Utley was injured for an unnecessary play. That was smart? But he’s considered a full throttle guy for doing it. Hey, I love Chase, but…not bright.

     
  • Posts: 0 Rich

    My point exactly Don. Now that Charlie actually has to manage for once, it has become clear that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. He’s terrible at situational managing and leaves his starters in way too long. Rollins should spend less time joking and more time working on taking pitches and getting on base. This team continues to try to hit home runs to win ball games. They are completely unwilling or incapable of playing small ball. They are painful to watch!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    If something hurts….then it’s conventional wisdom not to do the thing that causes the pain.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Phan, Agree with the the first paragraph, then you lost me. Do you think the front office had something to do with “staging” the lunar landings, the assasination of the Kennedys, and covering up alien landings?

    The FO can only benefit short and long term with Werth having a career year (playoffs this year, draft choices to follow). Is it the pressure of the contract, or just Werth being Werth, who tends to drift at times, I don’t know. Pinning this as a master scheme from the front office is a little beyond paranoid, bordering on psychotic.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    bfo: I’m not a conspiracy theorist at all. You’re reading way too much into what I was saying, or it’s just outright my fault. I just wasn’t clear. Having worked PR I know this: all it takes is a friend in the right place, a word in the ear of the heaviest writer, at the heaviest newspaper or tv station. Other media people pick up on it, the bloggers pick up on, aaaand the ball is rolling – nobody has to do anything. No money, no secrets, no bodies. Sorry – no conspiracy. Maybe they just didn’t want to pay him a lot, maybe they didn’t want to keep him at all. Doesn’t matter. It worked in their favor.

    But they couldn’t have anticipated or asked for anything better than Werth playing into their hands. He’s completely caved.

    Sorry, you’re not dealing with anything as interesting as a psychotic or even paranoid. Though if I were you, I’d look back on the past maybe 2 wks worth of posts on this site. You’d be surprised how very many of them straight up blame Werth for everything.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    And THAT would be paranoid.

     
  • Posts: 0 ActuallyChilled

    Phan, i see your point. but I wasn’t blaming the season on werth. at the same time, just look at his RISP average. its literally next to worst in the league. it may be convenient for FO on his struggles, but i am really now sure that it means they want him to play any worse than he can, esp if the other phils arent picking up the slack. yes… i think if there was a solid plan in place for werth, he would be playing better. lets hope for the best.

     
  • Posts: 0 PeesEx

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