Surprising news on the Phillies' front where Kyle Kendrick and his palatable 5-4 record and 4.82 ERA (87 ERA+) is being demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following a seven-run drubbing by the Cardinals. Right-hander Andrew Carpenter, who was 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA and 70/33 K/BB ratio in 100 1-3 innings at Triple-A, returns to the club.
Beerleaguer: Pretty quick hook after Kendrick gets bombed out of Busch. And it's not like Carpenter is mowing them down at Triple-A. Over his last 10 starts, he hasn't made it through the seventh inning once, although he's 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA over that span. Beerleaguers will recall that the 25-year-old right-hander is a "command of four pitches" type who isn't overpowering and relies on throwing strikes. He's made one Major League start for the Phils: May 16 in 2009 against the Nationals.
Kendrick must be dumbfounded. Before yesterday, he was 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA (31 ER, 76.2 IP) over his last 12 and had allowed three earned runs or less in seven of those starts. Frankly, he's pitched better than Joe Blanton and Jamie Moyer. As Matt Gelb of the Inquirer notes, since May 1: Moyer (7-7, 4.78), Blanton (3-5, 6.21), Kendrick (5-3, 4.04).
Precursor to Happ return? Alert Beerleaguer, Jack, wonders if this paves the way for J.A. Happ's return. "It's likely a precursor to calling up J.A. Happ, who pitches tonight in Lehigh Valley. Carpenter pitches in the 'pen the next few days, and Happ replaces Kendrick in the rotation over the weekend." Carpenter last started on Friday, so he should be relatively fresh for a relief role.
Still, a raw deal for Kendrick, who has outperformed Blanton.