Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Frying the Fish

The Phillies can take the three-game series from the Marlins with a victory today at Citizens Bank Park.

Frying the Fish

Kyle Kendrick throws six shutout innings last night against the Marlins. Not too shabby.
Kyle Kendrick throws six shutout innings last night against the Marlins. Not too shabby.

Let's get the cliche out of the way: today is a big game for the Phillies.

The Phillies are 4-9 against the Mets this season, and 5-6 against the Marlins. That's no way to win the National League East. The Phillies have lost a combined four consecutive series against the Mets and Marlins. In fact, they haven't won a series against either team since they took 2 of 3 from the Marlins in a series May 30-June 1 at Citizens Bank Park. But the Phillies can win their first series against a legit NL East rival (sorry, but the Braves and Nationals are out of the picture) in more than two months with a victory this afternoon. That's because they played nearly flawlessly in last night's 5-0 victory over the Fish.

The lineup produced from top to bottom last night. They played solid defense. They manufactured runs.

And they pitched well.

Jim Salisbury takes a look at the magic of Kyle Kendrick, who threw six shutout innings. Kendrick is 20-9 with a 4.13 ERA in 43 career starts. The Phillies are 16-7 in his starts this season, and 29-14 in his career. Like Salisbury (aka Steaks) said, Kendrick doesn't dazzle anybody with his stuff. He just wins. I have a feeling the Phillies are OK with that.

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In the Phillies Notebook: Adam Eaton continues to make a case for being one of the worst free agent signings in franchise history, Tom Gordon, Freddy Garcia, Scott Eyre, Rudy Seanez and the six-year-old boy struck in the head by a foul ball Tuesday.

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Brett Favre is a Jet. Too surreal to believe.

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