Kyle Kendrick could be called the Rodney Dangerfield of the Phillies.
Let’s face it, the man gets no respect. And if you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I, too, am guilty of this charge.
Kendrick has often been my punchline and yes, I have even complained publicly when I attended a game and he was on the mound.
But no more!
I am turning over a new leaf. Starting today I will treat KK with the utmost respect. Come on, even I have to admit that the guy’s earned it. Why, you ask? Here’s why:
He threw eight scoreless innings Sunday in the Phils 8-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He allowed three hits, one walk and tied a career high with seven strikeouts. He threw 115 pitches, 80 for strikes, the most strikes he has thrown in a game in his career.
That follows his start last Tuesday when he threw seven scoreless innings in a victory over the Miami Marlins.
Kendrick has now thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings, not bad for a guy who was relegated to the bullpen not so long ago.
Kendrick also did something on Sunday that no other Phillies pitcher has been able to do: he got Ryan Braun out. Braun has been nothing short of a Phillie killer this season batting .565, with two doubles, six home runs and 10 RBIs in six games against the Phils. But Kyle put a dent in those numbers yesterday retiring the Brewers slugger all three times he faced him.
Kendrick now has six wins, tied with Vance Worley and Roy Halladay, second only to Cole Hamels with 14. (Joe Blanton had eight before he was traded.)
So no more Kyle-bashing for this blogger. No more snide comments whenever he’s slated to take the mound. I will become Kyle Kendrick’s biggest fan. You’ll see. And on Friday I will get my first big test. Why Friday you ask? Well, we’re going to the game Friday when the Phillies will face off against the first place Washington Nationals and guess who’s on the mound??
Yep, my man Kyle!
Woo-hoooooooo!! Did you hear that? No?