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The Disposable Duo

In case you had not heard, the Phillies have three really good pitchers at the top of their starting rotation this season and it has made them a favorite to return to the World Series for the third straight year.

The Disposable Duo

In case you had not heard, the Phillies have three really good pitchers at the top of their starting rotation this season and it has made them a favorite to return to the World Series for the third straight year.

If you haven't heard about this, you can pick up the Inquirer today and read the 10,423 stories on the subject. Of course, you could also read about them for free on this web page. The advantages of the newspaper are that you can hang it on your wall -- I read myself all the time just above the urinal at my local tavern and it's quite a thrill -- and you don't have to click any buttons. (That's the end of my effort to save the print media).

Sorry for the detour. The subject here is not "The Big Three," or "H2O" as some people would like the trio of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt to be known. No, this blog is about Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick -- "The Little Two" or, as I'd like them to be known, "The Disposable Duo."

While "The Big Three" have been attracting more attention than dung at Flyapalooza, "The Disposable Duo" can barely get a mention these days.

It's just not fair.

Does no one remember what Joe Blanton did for the 2008 Phillies? In addition to winning two of his three postseason starts, including Game 4 of the World Series against Tampa Bay, you might recall he also hit a home run in that 10-2 rout of the Rays. Now, he has to sit back in the bullpen and listen to all this talk about the Roys.

As soon as Halladay or Oswalt go deep in the Fall Classic I'll be impressed by their additions. Did you know the Phillies are 47-30 in Blanton's starts since he came to Philadelphia? That's a .610 winning percentage. And still I read internet sites that refer to him as Fat Joe.

It's just not fair.

At least Blanton can slip on a uniform and has a chance to pitch in this NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. Kendrick has been relegated to spectator, the only postseason role he has known since losing Game 2 of the 2007 NLDS against the Colorado Rockies.

Now we know the two KKs in Kendrick's name do not stand for strikeouts and the idea that he'd be your No. 2 starter in a postseason series is petrifying. In hindsight, nobody should be surprised the Phillies were swept by the Rockies that season.

On the other hand, Kendrick has never been more than a fifth starter and the Phillies are 49-34 in his 83 career regular-season starts. That's a .590 winning percentage.

Blanton and Kendrick will also be distressed to know that it pays a lot more to be "The Disposable Duo" in New York. The Yankees sent A.J. Burnett to the bullpen and kept Javier Vazquez off their postseason roster and those two are making a combined $28 million this season, which is only $11 million less than the Pittsburgh Pirates' payroll.

By comparison, the Phillies' "Disposable Duo" is only making $7.48 million this season.

It's just not fair.

So this blog is for you "Disposable Duo." Take comfort in knowing your story won't be hanging over the urinal at my local tavern. 

 

 

 

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