Moyer Named 5th Starter

Moyer photo by Mike Carlson. Kendrick photo by Kathy Willens. AP

Jamie Moyer held onto his spot on the rotation as he was named the fifth starter heading into the 2010 season, beating out Kyle Kendrick. The news came from David Murphy of the Philly Inquirer via Twitter. He got the report from Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

Moyer pitched well enough during the spring to beat our Kendrick, something that didn’t surprise me. Here’s a look at the two pitchers’ lines for the spring:

  1. Kendrick – 0-1, 1.37 ERA, 19.2 innings
  2. Moyer – 1-0, 0.77 ERA, 11.2 innings

Both pitchers pitched extremely well even though Moyer had two fewer GFL starts. Moyer probably made his final pitch when he pitched 6.2 shut-out innings against the Yankees, allowing only one hit while striking out six.

As I said before, I will not be shocked if the Phillies have Moyer on a short leash and will give Kendrick the starting spot if Moyer slips up too frequently.

“I’ve always liked Kendrick, and I’ve seen a lot of improvement in his pitching since last year,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “He had a real good spring, and I’m sure he’s going to get to pitch quite a bit this year.”

It’s the last year of Moyer’s contract. Kyle Kendrick will also start the season in the bull pen. Kendrick is embracing his role though:

“If it is that way, then every day coming to the park, it’s going to be, ‘I might be able to pitch that day,'” Kendrick said.

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