Second-half standout Kyle Kendrick finished the season like a man on a mission with seven shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over the Nationals Monday. His starting job is secure.
Beerleaguer: Kendrick has elevated his stock from this nice, sixth starter add-on to part of the Phillies core foundation, which is interesting since it wasn’t necessarily his best season statistically. That’s the power of consistency. When you twirl quality start after quality start, which Kendrick has largely achieved since Aug. 4, you set an expectation of reliable performance. It makes Charlie Manuel’s job easier. He doesn’t have to think. In addition, Kendrick has been dominant at times, which is a new development. His 116 strikeouts and 2.37 K/BB are career highs.
With Roy Halladay smacking the wall and, I think, serious uncertainty surrounding Vance Worley, the last thing the Phils needed to worry about was middle of their rotation. Now they don’t have to.