The Philadelphia Phillies opened a three-game weekend series against the New York Mets. On a three game losing streak, the Phils turned to Kyle Kendrick, who has had the best start to a season in his major league career.
Kendrick’s success continued tonight as he tossed a complete game shut out at Citi Field. Kendrick only allowed three hits on the night in route to a 4-0 Phillies victory. He kept his sinking fastball low in the strike zone all night, recording many groundouts. He used his cut fastball and his changeup very effectively, playing them off his sinker to keep the Mets hitters off balanced.
The Phillies broke it open in the top of the sixth when Michael Young singled in a run, followed by a big three run shot by Ryan Howard. It was an important inning for the Phillies, as they have struggled immensely at the plate.
Kendrick has been the most consistent pitcher for Philadelphia so far this season, only allowing nine total runs in his four starts in 2013. He has been a bright spot in a very dull season for the Phillies thus far. If Kendrick can stay consistent, the Phillies rotation will begin to look very dangerous.
Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay have begun to pitch like them normal selves and Cliff Lee has been dominant in all but his last start. With the Phillies offense so inconsistent and the bullpen being unreliable, Philadelphia must rely heavily on their starting pitching at the moment.