Kyle Kendrick and stud didn’t used to be allowed in the same sentence in Philadelphia. But as the Phillies big three of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee has gotten off to a disastrous start to the 2013 season, Kendrick has been the Phillies best pitcher.
And last night Kendrick looked like an ace, putting the end to a rough two game skid, by tossing seven innings of two run ball, while fanning seven.
In early May Kyle Kendrick’s stat line is pretty damn impressive. “Crazy K”, yeah I just brought that nickname back for flashback Friday, is now 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.13.
So am I trying to say that Kyle Kendrick is the new ace of a staff that features three pitchers that make over 20 million dollars a year? No, my point is simply, that in a Phillies season that so far has left a sour taste in the mouths of fans across the Delaware Valley, Kendrick has been one of the few silver linings. I wrote back in Spring Training about how Kendrick needed to have a career year in 2013 in addition to solid pitching from the rest of the Phillies rotation, for the Phillies to have a realistic shot of making the playoffs in 2013. So far Kendrick has more than pulled his weight, and the Phillies have gotten above average production out of John Lannan and Jonathan Pettibone at the back end of the rotation. Now it is up to the three 20 million dollar pitchers, (Halladay, Hamels, and Lee), to prove why they are just that, which would make this a scary rotation.