Monday, February 8, 2016

Saturday breakfast: Kendrick, PNC Park, Worley

PITTSBURGH -- You really don't want to hear more about Friday's game, so a few other notes to chew on before some more baseball...

Saturday breakfast: Kendrick, PNC Park, Worley

Kyle Kendrick will start Saturday´s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Michael Bryant/Staff file photo)
Kyle Kendrick will start Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Michael Bryant/Staff file photo)

PITTSBURGH -- You really don't want to hear more about Friday's game, so a few other notes to chew on before some more baseball...

The Phillies will really need five innings from Kyle Kendrick. He's making the spot start against Roy Halladay clone Charlie Morton (5-2, 2.51). Kendrick estimated he would be good for 65 or 70 pitches, much like his previous spot starts.

Behind Kendrick, the Phillies have Mike Zagurski, who can throw multiple innings and almost certainly will be the first guy out of the bullpen. J.C. Romero has not pitched in five days and will likely see some work. Ryan Madson has had four days off, so expect him to grab an inning even if there is no save chance.

But Mike Stutes (25 pitches Friday) and Antonio Bastardo (18 pitches Friday) could be out. And Jose Contreras is coming off an elbow injury while Danys Baez nearly threw until his arm fell off a week ago.

Most popular old guy:
Bernard Hopkins
Raul Ibanez
Charlie Manuel
Joe Paterno

The plan should work without them, so long as Kendrick goes five.


PNC Park is a house of horrors for the Phillies. They are now 12-21 (.364) in this ballpark and that is the worst winning percentage in the 15 active National League ballparks. Second-worst is AT&T Park in San Francisco, where the Phillies are 14-24 (.368). So it's not just you who is imaging the Phillies always stumble when they come to the Steel City.

A few quick words on the atmosphere Friday night: Very cool. This ballpark is gorgeous and it was fantastic to see the place filled. (A lot of Phillies fans helped make that happen.) The two fan bases were trading chants all night. They are expecting a sell out Saturday with fireworks after the game.


Encouraging news from triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday night: Vance Worley pitched six innings, struck out nine and allowed only two hits a 5-1 IronPigs win over Charlotte.

Worley, who was sent to the minors to get his mind right and his arm stretched out, threw 93 pitches (63 strikes). He walked only one. Certainly what the Phillies were looking for from the bespectacled 23-year-old righthander.

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