If Kyle Kendrick's baseball career was a movie, it would be the second remake of Total Recall where up is down and down is up.
The Kyle Kendrick story begins with a young, seemingly talentless pitcher who bursts onto the scene with stones of steel and without whom the Phillies do not win their first division title in fourteen years. After a 10-4 record and a 3.84 ERA in a miraculous 2007 campaign, Kendrick was equally as horrific the following season with a 5.49 ERA and one foot out the door.
Rich Dubee had seen enough at that point. Dubee was like the angry father who, after learning his high school son knocked up his girlfriend, tells him, “Don't expect to come home without a ring on her finger.” Similarly, he told Kendrick not to bother knocking on his door without adding another pitch.
Outside of a couple spot starts, Kendrick didn’t come knocking until the following season. The ups and downs continued ever since. Down in 2010 with a 4.73 ERA. Up in 2011 with a 3....