Have the Phillies reached the end of the line of Kyle Kendrick as a starting pitcher? It sounds as if Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is growing tired of the unpredictable Kendrick. Kendrick has provided some value for the Phillies, but yet there seems to always be the chance for a massive blow-up such as tonight's 6-run, 3 1/3 inning performance. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer spelled our his impression of Manuel after the game:
Of course, many point to one obvious option we've talked about before on this blog: Tyler Cloyd. Iron Pigs beat reporter Jeff Schuler had an astute reply for Gelb:
Of course, he's speaking of Tyler Cloyd, 11-1 with a 2.12 ERA for AAA Lehigh Valley. Yeah, that's a pretty obvious option. Ironically, Cloyd also started tonight, which would put him right on schedule should the Phillies wish to swap Kendrick for Cloyd next time this spot comes up in the rotation.
Kendrick's postgame comments once again caust the ire of ...