Kyle Kendrick takes the ball on Sunday for the Phillies against the Dodgers.
And the Phils sure could use a deep outing from the 28-year-old.
The Phillies are 3-3 on their current 10-game road trip. Two of the losses came via blown leads in the late innings, while Saturday's defeat was lost in the ninth inning after the Phillies had tied the game in the top half of the frame.
The bullpen has been an Achilles' heel. Since June 7, seven of the Phillies' 13 losses have been charged to the relief corps. Also, among baseball, the Phils' bullpen ranks 29th in ERA (4.56) and 28th in opponents' batting average (.268).
So, Kendrick (7-4, 3.46) eating up innings on Sunday wouldn't be a bad idea.
The Phillies' righty has been a huge lift given the struggles of Cole Hamels and the injury to Roy Halladay. In 16 starts, Kendrick has allowed two or fewer runs in 11 of them. He'll hope to cure some personal Dodger Stadium woes, where he owns a career 9.18 ERA in six games (three starts).
The Phillies' feast-or-famine offense squares off against Los Angeles' 26-year-old Stephen Fife (2-2, 3.41), who has a 2.73 ERA in five starts this month.
The Phillies have minimal experience against the right-hander. Only Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz have seen Fife, and the four are a combined 1 for 10 off him.
Here are Sunday's lineups. Howard, 0 for his last 16, returns after a two-day benching.
1. Michael Young, 3B
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Domonic Brown, LF
6. Delmon Young, RF
7. Ben Revere, CF
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Kyle Kendrick, P
1. Skip Schumaker, 2B
2. Yasiel Puig, RF
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4. Hanley Ramirez, SS
5. Andre Ethier, LF
6. Matt Kemp, CF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
9. Stephen Fife, P