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Monday, May 17, 2010

Game 37: Phils beat Bucs by 10 despite Utley's absence (24-13)

Tonight, Kyle Kendrick pitched 8 innings, allowing only 2 runs, in the Phils' 12-2 victory over Pittsburgh. Chase Utley was withheld from the game due to flu-like symptoms. As a result, it is not immediately clear where Charlie Manuel plans to bat Jimmy Rollins in the lineup. In his first game back tonight, he batted third. The smart money has Rollins returning to the lead-off position, even though that would be a mistake.

In fact, it was a mistake to bat Rollins third tonight. He did have two hits on the night, but when the game was still tied in the third inning with the bases loaded and only one out, Rollins swung at the first pitch and popped out weakly. His OBP is not high enough to bat at the top of the order: he should have batted 6th, 7th, or 8th tonight.

Kendrick's WHIP on the year is suddenly a respectable 1.41 after a brutal start to the season.

Thankfully, the Phils demolished the Pirates with a short-handed lineup, and hopefully we will see Utley return tomorrow when RHP Roy Halladay faces LHP Zach Duke at 7:05 pm.


cheesefondue said...

"Don't be surprised if this lineup scores 1000 runs"
212 runs scored / 37 games played X 162 games = 928 runs, 1,002 after 13 games in the postseason. I believe we can do it.
Did you notice that before tonight, Kendrick's good starts were against good teams, do you think he's starting to show signs of being consistently good?
Also, who would you guys like to see replaced by Happ when he's healthy?

Scott Graham said...

Kendrick has now pitched well against the Braves, the Cardinals, and the Pirates. The Cardinals do score a lot of runs (RD of only 2 though), but the Pirates have scored the second fewest runs in the NL.

There has been a distinct difference in the Kyle Kendrick on good days, and bad. Sometimes his location is pretty decent, and other times it's awful. I honestly don't know how much the Phillies can expect from him at this time.

As much as I'd like to see Happ replace Moyer, I don't think he will. I think it's virtually a coin toss between Moyer and Kendrick as to whom the better pitcher is, and I hope that when Happ comes back that back that he can return to last season's form