From April 10 to May 12, Kyle Kendrick allowed just 10 earned runs (1.84 ERA) over seven starts in which the Phillies went 6-1.
It has been a different tale, though, in Kendrick's previous two outings. His last two starts: nine earned runs (7.36 ERA) and two Phillies losses.
The Phillies (25-27) are back at Citizens Bank Park tonight after an eight-game road trip, and they'll give the ball to Kendrick, who hopes to right his own ship when he opposes John Lackey and the Red Sox (32-21).
The issue hampering Kendrick of late is clear as day. The righty is nibbling around the strike zone and falling behind in counts. In his seven-start stretch from April 10 to May 12, Kendrick posted 36 strikeouts to eight walks. In his last two starts, he has matched that walk total while punching out just three batters.
The Red Sox are as patient as you get. Boston is second among all of baseball in walks (210) and on-base percentage (.343), so jumping ahead in counts will be pivotal for Kendrick tonight because the Red Sox make opposing pitchers work.
Michael Young placed on bereavement list
After snapping an 0-for-22 slump with a solo blast in the Phillies' 3-1 win on Tuesday night, Michael Young has been placed on the bereavement list, which is for players dealing with a death or illness in their family. Per MLB rule, Young must sit at least three games and no more than seven.
With Young sidelined, the Phillies called up Cesar Hernandez from Triple A. The 23-year-old will be available off the bench tonight.
The Phillies are up against the right-handed Lackey (3-4, 2.72), who has won his last two games by throwing 13 innings without surrendering an earned run.
Ryan Howard has Lackey in his book and Delmon Young is 5 for 15 (.333) against the veteran righty. Aside from Delmon Young and Michael Young, the Phillies haven't seen much of Lackey, who has made a living in the American League.
Here are tonight's lineups:
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Kevin Frandsen, 2B
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Delmon Young, RF
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. Freddy Galvis, 3B
8. Erik Kratz, C
9. Kyle Kendrick, P
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Daniel Nava, RF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Mike Napoli, 1B
5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
6. Mike Carp, LF
7. Stephen Drew, SS
8. Jose Iglesias, 3B
9. John Lackey, P