A scout from the Toronto Blue Jays was in attendance to watch Kyle Kendrick pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. We can only imagine the unflattering words that scout wrote on his yellow legal pad after another Kendrick implosion in an 8-2 loss.
Kendrick allowed six runs in five innings and probably is crossed off the Blue Jays’ wish list, if indeed he was ever there. His ERA is 4.87 and that ranks 85th out of 92 major-league starters. Truth is, no one wants Kendrick now and the Phillies shouldn’t hold onto him. Kendrick has been a terrible pitcher for more than a year now and the Phillies have a nice Triple-A option to replace him in Jason Marquis.
If Kendrick is traded anywhere, it should be down to Lehigh Valley for Marquis in a straight swap. Marquis has an 0.50 ERA in three starts for Lehigh Valley.
Kendrick going to Triple A would be a chance for him to revitalize his career since he jumped from Double-A Reading (Pa.) to join the Phillies in 2007. He was sent down to Lehigh Valley in 2009, where he posted a 9-7 record. He does not have an out pitch and, until proven otherwise, he’s nothing more than a Triple-A pitcher.
Marquis, on the other hand, pitched in the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004 and 2006 and was a first-round pick in the Braves’ system. He was an All-Star in 2009 with the Colorado Rockies and has pitched more than 190 innings five times. Marquis has a history of both performance and sheer talent that Kendrick has never had. Plus, he’s a good hitter and the Phillies need as many hitters as they can get.
It’s time for the Phillies to send a message that players who have performed poorly, like Kendrick, do not deserve a spot on the big-league team. Kendrick’s head should be the first of several to roll.