Phillies P Kyle Kendrick walks off the mound after giving up five runs to the Mets in his last outing on May 9. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
It’s up to Kyle Kendrick to keep the winning ways of the Phillies rolling.
The Phillies are going to get an emergency start from Kendrick tonight after slated starter Vance Worley was scratched with soreness in his right elbow. Worley was then placed on the DL this morning, dampening the winning ways the Phillies have gotten used to.
Kendrick (0-3, 7.32) has not pitched that well this season, and has pitched only once in the last 11 days. His last outing on May 9 was one to forget, getting shelled for five runs in an inning of relief.
Kendrick has three starts on the season, posting an 0-2 record as a starter with the Phillies losing all three. He was shelled in his first start but pitched well enough in his last two but didn’t get a winning decision due to poor offense.
Kendrick will also be in line to pitch the series opener against the Nationals on Monday, but that will be discussed once Monday gets here.
For now, it’s going to mean a lot of work has to be done by the Phillies offense and bullpen to create leads and hold onto them respectively. For it’s been the starting rotation that has allowed the Phillies to be at 18-19 right now.
With how inconsistent the offense and pen have been, another hit to their rotation puts even more pressure on the other players on the team to get the Phillies over .500.
It was almost seen what could happen when one of the units doesn’t do their job yesterday. Chad Qualls squandered a two-run lead in the 9th inning, only to be bailed out by the bat of Hunter Pence in the 10th.
It was a character win for the offense, who didn’t roll over in extra innings like it has the past couple weeks when a blown lead led to an extra-innings loss.
Baseball may rely on individual success but it’s still a team game. The Phils are learning that this season.