Surprising rookie Kyle Kendrick looks to stay unbeaten at home when the Phillies try to make it three-out-of-three against the Florida Marlins tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park.
Preview: The amazing thing about Kendrick (5-2, 3.88 ERA) has been his consistency. Usually a rookie with so little experience will have the roof cave it at least once. Not Kendrick. In 10 starts, the 22-year-old has rarely experienced a bad inning let alone a bad start. Now he’s starting to go deep into games, going seven innings in his last two. In six starts at home, he’s 4-0 with a 3.29 ERA, .254 BAA and 1.25 WHIP. He’s been terrific: tremendous poise, strong from the gate, a nice selection of pitches including a sinker, good command. All that’s missing is a true out pitch. He’s done everything else so well, you’d hardly notice. This will be his first start against Florida, who counters with Sergio Mitre (5-5, 3.67 ERA). Mitre has been Florida's most consistent starter, but has struggled in his last three.
Lineups are in: Dobbs-Werth-Ruiz represent the 6-7-8. [Live Boxscore]