2010 Player Reviews

Year in Review: Kyle Kendrick

“They are who we thought they were.” – Dennis Green, Arizona Cardinals Head Coach talking about the Chicago Bears.

Dennis Green’s epic explosion following the Cardinals second half collapse against the Bears in 2007 sheds some light on Kyle Kendrick, somehow. Kendrick is who we thought he was. He is mediocre and not much more. Green would have hit the nail on the head had he been talking about Kendrick.

No one ever believed Kendrick to be anything more than a fifth starter, the role he has filled the past four seasons with the Phillies. His numbers prove as much – Kendrick has a career ERA of 4.69 and a WHIP of 1.425. In 2010, KK put together a 4.73 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP and for the third time in four years won double-digit decisions. Clearly he was aided by the offense due to his fifth day start, however, his numbers are on par with other rotation fillers.

Peeking at Kendrick’s WAR, he is who we think he is – and was last season, too. His -0.3 Wins Over Replacement Player proves his worth as your run-of-the-mill starting pitcher in the majors.

At times, KK flashed some talent, but never over any lengthy period. His best outing of the 2010 campaign was probably his complete game win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 3. Even his finest performance left much to be desired. Over those nine innings, Kendrick allowed 10 hits and two earned runs. That’s about as good as you could ask for out of Kendrick.

In 2011, he’ll once again get an opportunity to be a part of the pitching staff due to his cheap contract and ability to be either a long-man or final starter. That decision is riding on Joe Blanton begin a part of the club.

Kyle Kendrick is what is he and probably always will be. He’s not a hard thrower and works off his control, so if that’s absent, it’s usually a long day. He’s adequate on the hill. He’s Kyle Kendrick.

PAT’S GRADE: 4.4/10

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Chuck

    December 28, 2010 at 10:34 am

    That’s about it…but who really cares? With the four guys in front of him there is ZERO pressure on KK. Maybe he gets 10 wins. And if so….great. I’ll take it. The numbers you mention are fine for a guy like him in a rotation like this. And maybe with no pressure he flashes some of that talent more often.

  2. GoPhils

    December 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Kyle Kendrick does not have overpowering stuff and so has to be very fine. He does battle and has heart. He often gets knocked out early but is capable of giving you six or seven very effective innings. Last year his problem was inconsistency. One start was very good, the next start he would get lit up. He seems to have maxed out on his potential as his numbers are about the same since 2007. However, he remains young. Kyle Kendrick is not the most popular Phillie because of his relative lack of talent, but he does bring value to a big league club as a back of the rotation pitcher because he has a chance of being able to stabilize a game. Next year, assuming the Phils trade Joe Blanton, he will compete for the fifth starter’s job with Vance Worley just like he did last year with Jamie Moyer. Because of his talent level, it seems his job will always be insecure. A trade to Japan, for instance, is always a possibility.

  3. Chuck

    December 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

    And Worley looked good enough late last season to effectively compete for that spot, too. Really….with the Four Aces in front….you could march Adam Eaton out there every 5th day and it wouldn’t matter.

  4. Jay aka Phillyboy

    December 28, 2010 at 11:52 am

    NOT A BIG FAN,BUT REALLY DOES NOT MATTER WHO OUR 5TH STARTER WILL BE,BECAUSE THIS STAFF WILL BE ONE FOR THE AGES………

  5. Greg

    December 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Everyone, this is completely off topic, but I have a question I’d like to ask you.

    I need help finding a video clip of a play I remember seeing in 2009. If I recall correctly, Coste was still on the team, and it was something like a 9-2-5-4-7 Double play, with Raul Ibañez coming in and getting the put out at 2nd base. It was really bizarre, and I’d love to save it. Can anyone help me find it?

    On Topic:

    Kyle Kendrick gets a lot of heat he doesn’t deserve. When surrounded by Aces, people expect him to be great, too. Just like Blanton, he’s underrated, but to a greater extent (because he’s not as good). I’m fine with him getting arbitration, because I don’t see him as a Philly in 2012.

  6. tavian

    December 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Since it is widely thought that Kendrick is a fifth starter with little upside, and we are striving to dump Joe Blanton, then why don’t we trade them both to a team with good young talent that desperately needs pitching , like the Pirates. We could get a solid young stud for both Blanton and Kendrick, who would likely make their starting rotation. OR, what about trading both Blanton and Kendrick to Kansas City for their stud reliever Soria ? Worley, or someone else, likely could fill the shoes in Philly of the fifth starter. Just a thought.

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