The metamorphosis of Kyle Kendrick continued today as the right-hander made another strong bid to become the Phillies' fifth starter.
Kendrick allowed one hit and struck out one in three scoreless frames. Unfortunately, Jose Contreras followed and opened the flood gates, allowing six runs on six hits and three walks in just 1 2-3 innings. Jimmy Rollins went deep on the first pitch of the game, his second round-tripper of spring. John Mayberry also launched a deep home run. Beerleaguer's Denny B saw it like this:
- "Kendrick was sharp as a tack and kept NY's lefties off balance and used both sides of the plate. He had good velocity and had a particularly good slider, that he used to get inside on lefties (Kendrick said it was a cutter that he threw to Cano, who inside-outed it for a 2B down the LF line). Very encouraging first couple of outings in ST.
- "Contreras looked like he usually does when he struggles. Was falling behind and nibbling with hitters and got hammered when he was in hitter's counts. Still has a good fastball and good stuff though.
- "Mathieson threw mostly fastballs, mostly at 93-94 MPH. Didn't seem to have that little extra life yet. Still early in ST for hard-throwers. Had pretty good command though.
- "Mayberry hit three rockets, in his first three at bats (all against RHP). All were on hanging curveballs. His swing looks good and he is a very good defensive outfielder. Has pretty good speed, too (which he showed on the stolen base, where he got a very average jump)."Programming note: Tune in to Angelo Cataldi and WIP's Morning Team tomorrow at 7 a.m. when I preview the Phillies' season and discuss the 2010 Maple Street Press Phillies Annual.