Friday, May 29, 2015

GS for KK

Kyle Kendrick on the Phillies' career starts list.

GS for KK

Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick. (John Bazemore/AP)
Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick. (John Bazemore/AP)

At some point during the interminable 1:39 Phillies-Braves rain delay Sunday, someone wanted to know where Kyle Kendrick's 173 career starts ranks on the Phillies' all-time list.

Here are their top 20 in games started since 1901 (*lefthanded):


 Rk.  Pitcher  GS    
   1.  *Steve Carlton  499
   2.  Robin Roberts  472
   3.  *Chris Short  301
 Grover Cleveland Alexander   280
   5.  *Curt Simmons  263
   6.  *Cole Hamels  261
   7.  Curt Schilling  226
   8.  Larry Christenson  220
   9.  Jim Bunning  208
 10.  Dick Ruthven  198

 *Eppa Rixey
 Tully Sparks
 13.  Jimmy Ring  192
 14.  *Randy Wolf  190
 15.  Brett Myers  183
 16.  Bill Duggleby  181
 17.  Rick Wise  178
 18.  Jim Lonborg  175
 19.  Kyle Kendrick  173
 20.  Kevin Gross  164
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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