With a career-high 182 innings in 30 starts, Kendrick was leading the National League in hits allowed until Adam Wainwright's last start. Of course, Wainwright made two more starts and has completed nearly 230 innings, but we're just counting here.
The numbers that might explain Kendrick's season are the 1.4 WHIP, 10.2 hits per nine innings and the .312 BAbip. Perhaps that is the result of a sinker that no longer sunk the way Kendrick needed. Where it got away from him, though, can be seen in his season splits. Kendrick was great in April, good in May, solid in June and then it went to hell after that. With a 2.41 ERA in April providing the base, Kendrick was 8-6 with a 3.68 ERA in the first half of the season.
He was 2-7 with a 6.91 ERA after the break.
"His velocity was fine, and he was able to pitch; at least, his stuff was there," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "As far as movement on the sinker, I thought that was a little less the second part of the season. Other than that, he was healthy to pitch. I don't think it was an issue."
We speculated that Kendrick's second half cost him at least $2 million this winter. After getting $4.5 million in 2013, Kendrick is headed to arbitration and could get a significant raise. That is if the Phillies want to pay what Kendrick could earn. Similar pitchers get anywhere from $7 million to $10 million per season, but for a No. 4 or 5 right-hander who has never pitched 200 innings despite being injury free, maybe that's too much.
Looking ahead, the Phillies have Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez earmarked for the rotation. Roy Halladay could return for a cut rate/incentive-laden deal and perhaps Jonathan Pettibone and/or Ethan Martin will be in the mix for a rotation spot.
Is Kendrick worth it?