Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kendrick's change of scenery

Marcus Hayes at the ballpark for Dave Murphy ...

Kendrick's change of scenery


Marcus Hayes at the ballpark for Dave Murphy ...

For the past few games pitching coach Rich Dubee sent struggling second-year starter Kyle Kendrick to the Phillies bullpen for a change of scenery instead of having Kendrick loiter in the Phillies dugout, as starters usually do between starts.

Dubee is convinced that the between-game change of atmosphere helped Kendrick regain his aggressive nature. Dubee cited Kendrick’s improved performance in his between-start bullpen session.

“I wanted to get him away from what was going in,” Dubee said, cryptically. “Hopefully, his head’s clear. He’ll attack the strike zone.”

Kendrick is 1-3 with a 9.14 earned-run average in his last five starts, in which he has averaged just over four innings.

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