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Kendrick Earns Fifth Starter Position as Blanton Injured

Kyle Kendrick started 6 games in the Grapefruit League for the Phillies and posted a 1.66 ERA in 21 2/3 innings.  But, that wasn’t good enough to earn the fifth starter position.

6th MAN: Kendrick comes off the bench.

6th MAN: Kendrick comes off the bench.

Jamie Moyer, 47, was announced yesterday by loyal manager Charlie Manuel as the Phillies fifth starter.  This was the spot that Moyer lost last year when Pedro Martinez came to town and Moyer reacted with a surprisingly vocal criticism of the Phillies organization.  Moyer, whose health was a concern after three off-season operations, pitched mostly in B games early in spring training before posting a 1.53 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in 3 starts, including 15 K’s in 17 2/3 innings and an exceptionally strong outing against the defending champion Yankees.

So, Kendrick, recently engaged to Survivor star and Baseball’s Hottest Wife nominee Stephenie LaGrossa, was sent to the bullpen for a stint that lasted less than 24 hours.  Until today, when “Joe the Pitcher” Blanton was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.  Blanton, who was 12-8, 4.05, last year with a career high 163 strikeouts, will be out for 3 to 6 weeks.

Hence, Kyle Kendrick is now the Phillies fifth starter after all.  Kendrick, 25, was 3-1, 3.42 last year in 9 games after spending most of the season in Triple-A.  Kendrick’s best season was 2007 when he went 10-4, 3.87.  He’s 24-14, 4.66 lifetime.

Fantasy Baseball Projection — Kyle Kendrick

Kendrick is not an ideal fantasy baseball pitcher.  He’s a ground ball pitcher who won’t get you many strikeouts; he’s fanned just 3.9 per 9 IP in his career.  Kendrick’s career batting average against is .292 and his career WHIP is 1.46.

That being said, we believe that Kendrick will become the fifth starter shortly after Blanton returns to the rotation.  We simply believe that he’s a more effective pitcher than Moyer.

There is no harm in taking an early season run at both Kendrick and Moyer in deep NL only leagues.  They play for a team that will score a lot of runs and the Phillies have an easy April schedule.  You’ll get a head start on wins with both guys.

After all, Moyer has won 258 games in his career that started in 1986, 2 years after Kendrick was born.

MOYER FUN FACT: Wife Karen is Digger Phelps daughter.

MOYER FUN FACT: Wife Karen is Digger Phelps' daughter.

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