I admit that I, like many Philadelphia fans, have been rough on Kyle Kendrick over the last couple of years. Kendrick has flirted mostly with mediocrity during his 6-year career, illustrated by his 4.30 ERA and 4.82 FIP. Since his first call-up in 2007, he’s spent time in both the starting rotation and bullpen, largely overshadowed by star teammates Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Roy Oswalt.
Toss Joe Blanton and Vance Worley into that mix, and it’s hard for Kendrick to distinguish himself as much more than a long reliever with spot starter potential. A lack of strikeout stuff (4.64 career K/9) means he’s a sinkerballing, contact-inducing, defense-dependent pitcher — making him something even less than an afterthought for fantasy owners and a whipping boy for the sabermetric community. Continue reading