Kyle Kendrick Should Have Earned Your Respect By Now

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Saturday April 27, 2013

Kyle Kendrick 2007- Present  56-43 (.566)  with a 4.22 ERA:  Kyle Kendrick came onto the scene in the middle of the 2007 year and finished 5th in Rookie of the Year Voting, by posting a 10-4 record with 3.87 ERA.  He has since had 4 straight winning seasons as the 5th man out of the rotation - before narrowly missing a 5th straight year last campaign (11 -1 2, 3.90 ERA). Kendrick has also seen some spot duty in the Bullpen for the franchise in his days

Kyle Kendrick has a Career Record of 56-43 (.566) with a 4.22 ERA: He came onto the scene in the middle of the 2007 year and finished 5th in Rookie of the Year Voting, by posting a 10-4 record with 3.87 ERA. Kendrick had 4 straight winning seasons as the 5th man out of the rotation – before narrowly missing a 5th straight year last campaign (11 -1 2, 3.90 ERA). Kendrick has also seen some spot duty in the Bullpen for the franchise in his days.

 

By Chris Creighton (Phillies Correspondent via http://www.warrroomphilly.com – visit the website here

Kyle Kendrick is only 28 years old. Seems like he’s been here forever and probably unfairly to many fans, it’s kind of the same as when the office know-it-all or socially inappropriate joke-teller never gets fired and continues to work next to you for a few years.

It feels like an eternity because he just won’t go away and probably doesn’t plan to anytime soon, collecting his weekly paycheck and pouring the dollars on top of his 401k. 

Naturally, the only thing left to do during every work day is to talk about that guy behind his back relentlessly or maybe mockingly doing an impersonation of him from time-to-time.

Kyle Kendrick Was Fake Traded to Japan!

If the “Big 3″ in the Phillies rotation could rebound from their slow starts (Lee has been good) to repeat their 200+ IP and Sub 3.00 ERAs from 2011, the Phillies will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.  Also, if Halladay, Lee and Hamels duplicate their Career Win Percentages  for their Careers (415-234, – .635) – they could net the team 60-70 Wins from just their 100 starts.  If the other 2 starters just go .500, you could see a 90 Win Season and challenge a playoff spot.

If the “Big 3″ in the Phillies rotation could rebound from their slow starts (Lee has been good) to repeat their 200+ IP and Sub 3.00 ERAs from 2011, the Phillies will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013. Also, if Halladay, Lee and Hamels duplicate their Career Win Percentages for their Careers (415 – 234, – .635) – they could net the team 50 – 60 Wins from just their 100 starts. If the other 2 starters just go .500, you could see a 90 Win Season and challenge a playoff spot.

But perhaps along the way, you got caught up in all the office fun and might have missed the value that guy might bring to the team. Because in any business, it’s about the bottom line where the numbers can’t lie.

While his production may appear to be inferior to his co-workers, it may be relative to his territory and he’s actually pulling his weight. Management must have had a reason to have stuck with him for so long, right?

For years now, Kyle Kendrick has been treated by Philadelphia fans in the same fashion, but was really only that guy back in 2008 and maybe 2010.

Sure, he’s thrown his share of inappropriate pitches leading to uncomfortable silences, puts strange pictures in his cubicle, somehow has a hot wife, wears the enemy team’s jersey on casual Friday, and maybe some think he has just “one of those faces“.

 

But since the 2010 season, Kendrick has emerged as one of the best employees in his territory in Major League Baseball as  a fourth or fifth starter.

He toils among a staff of high-profile executives where two were at the top of their class at Cy Young University and another working towards his degree at the firm of Halladay, Lee and Hamels.

Maybe this is a little unfair since it casts quite a big shadow for Kendrick to shine, but he has learned plenty while working alongside the three aces.

“I learned how to carry myself off the field (from the veterans)…just the whole learning process. You watch the guys who have been around a long time, pitching a long time are obviously doing something right. So you want to follow those guys” – Dennis Deitch, Montgomery Media, Feb 19, 2013 (@DennisDeitch)

For the past two seasons, Kyle Kendrick‘s performance on the hill has produced some of the best results by a 4th – 5th starter in the National League.

And when you include his hot start this season, he’s posted a record of 21 – 19, a 3.17 ERA – and a 1.20 WHIP since the 2010 season. Statistics which are quite fitting – and probably above average for a pitcher taking the ball fourth or fifth in line.

Kyle Kendricks numbers since 2o11:

Year Age W L ERA GS CG SHO HR BB SO WP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2011 26 8 6 3.22 15 0 0 14 30 59 1 1.221 8.6 1.1 2.4 4.6
2012 27 11 12 3.90 25 1 1 20 49 116 1 1.274 8.7 1.1 2.8 6.6
2013 28 2 1 2.41 5 1 1 3 8 24 1 1.099 7.8 0.8 2.1 6.4

Kendrick has shown a gradual progression towards becoming quite a reliable mainstay on this Phillies staff and has always had the respect of his teammates and coaches.

He has accepted his role on this Phillies team and has always been a good soldier when asked to accept an assignment in the bullpen over the years.

So isn’t it funny that he may actually be the kind of guy you’d want around the office? One that gets the job done and takes the ball every fifth day despite all the criticism.

Because he’s not Roy Halladay, he’s not Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels. He’s Kyle Kendrick and he’s a pretty good pitcher on this staff of aces.

And after last night’s masterful three hit, complete game shutout of the New York Mets, maybe he should start to get more respect from the Philadelphia Phaithful. He’s certainly earned it.

He might not even be fake traded ever again

Kendrick is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2015.  he could reel in 13 - 15 Wins during this year for the club.  He is great insurance for 2014 should Halladay not make his Vesting Option and leave the franchise.  Or if they end up trading Cliff Lee.  At $4.5 Million this year, he helps out the club for payroll value!

Kendrick is Arbitration Eligible  again in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2015. he could reel in 13 – 15 Wins during this year for the club. He is great insurance for 2014 should Halladay not make his Vesting Option and leave the franchise. Or if they end up trading Cliff Lee. At $4.5 Million this year, he helps out the club for payroll value!  So far he has authored a 2 – 1 Record, with a 2.41 ERA – including a Shutout thrown.  He has a current WHIP of 1.099 in 33.2 Innings Pitched thus far.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank – you goes out to our Philadelphia Phillies Correspondent Chris Creighton for preparing today’s featured post..  Chris is a Phillies Phan, Baseball fan & player. He thinks that there is no better place for food and is a  proponent of the city of Philadelphia. Huge U2 fan. Phillies writer at  http://www.warroomphilly.com .

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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