Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kyle's Reliable

Kyle Kendrick has gone to the hill to start 88 times in his Phillies career.

Kyle's Reliable

"I feel I´m still getting better and maturing. They´ve been patient with me," Kyle Kendrick said. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
"I feel I'm still getting better and maturing. They've been patient with me," Kyle Kendrick said. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Kyle Kendrick has started 88 games since he made his debut on June 13, 2007. Only two pitchers have started more games for the Phillies in that time. The complete list (June 13, 2007 through June 15, 2011):

Cole Hamels   126      Cliff Lee     26      Rodrigo Lopez     5
Jamie Moyer     97      Roy Oswalt     23      Jon Lieber     2
Kyle Kendrick     88      Kyle Lohse     11      Nelson Figueroa     1
Joe Blanton     78      J.D. Durbin     10      Andrew Carpenter     1
Roy Halladay     48      Pedro Martinez       9      Fabio Castro     1
Brett Myers     40      Chan Ho Park       7      John Ennis     1
Adam Eaton     36      Vance Worley       6          
J.A. Happ     31      Antonio Bastardo       5    
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