Every day this month, we here at Philthy Stuff will be counting down the New Year's resolutions of each member on the Phillies, and what they can do to guide this team back to October. Next up, Kyle Kendrick.
When Kendrick first came to the Phillies in 2007 to fill the gaps on an injury and talent-depleted pitching staff, not many thought that he would be long for the world of the Major Leagues. Despite the fact that he had a solid enough rookie campaign, where we went 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA, he wasn't capable of being the kind of starter that could be relied upon for 200 effective innings.
But, smash cut to 2012, and Kendrick remains in red pinstripes. He persists, even though he can't seem to strike anyone out. He persists, even though he doesn't have an out-pitch and that his repertoire is fringy, at best. And, he persists, because, even though the Phillies don't need to pay him upwards of $3 million in salary to retain his services, they do anyway.
In a nutshell, Kendrick is Ri...