Kyle Kendrick’s Fear of a Rainout

With storms descending on southern Ohio, today’s Phillies-Reds game was delayed by rain for nearly an hour and a half, then played to a confusing, numbing standstill as Antonio Bastardo and Aroldis Chapman traded dueling perfect relief in innings (not surprising) to preserve dueling two-hit shutouts by Kyle Kendrick and Homer Bailey (definitely surprising).

Then, with the bottom of the ninth inning set to start and the score tied 0-0, the heavens opened up. This prompted Chris Wheeler to climb down to the field and start building an ark as the umpires called for a rain delay.

It was at this moment that Bailey called Kendrick out to the middle of the field. They sat together on the tarp, and Kendrick, afraid to lose what would almost certainly be his best start of the year, began to talk.

Here’s what he said:

Kyle Kendrick: “I’ve thrown things you people wouldn’t believe. Fastballs on fire through the swing of Joey Votto. I watched cutters and splitters in the dark on the corner of the plate. All those shutouts will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.”

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13 comments

  1. Phillie697

    April 17, 2013 12:44 AM

    That Justin Upton guy, he sure is washed up! Someone shoot me.

  2. Steve

    April 17, 2013 06:09 AM

    TURNER FIELD, ATLANTA

    26,400 (53.1% full) – % is based on regular season capacity

    Braves 12-1, killing the Ball, big moves in the offseason, great young team and they still don’t draw. Sad.

  3. Hellfish

    April 17, 2013 06:55 AM

    Braves fans don’t deserve them.

  4. Steve

    April 17, 2013 08:24 AM

    ESPN Box score for the KC/ATL game last night.

  5. Vince

    April 17, 2013 10:21 AM

    Any chance we could see Lee or Halladay pitch a few innings today if the ppd game goes into extra innings? Just hoping to not have to see Durbin on the mound in an important situation…

  6. Phillie697

    April 17, 2013 01:46 PM

    Do you think there is a chance in hell Cholly would do that? Besides, why would you risk injury to one of our starters for a regular-season game in April?

  7. Vince

    April 17, 2013 03:01 PM

    Pitchers throw bullpen sessions in between starts as part of their routine. Putting them in today would would kill two birds with one stone and save the actual bullpen for the game tonight instead of leaving them with their hands tied with not being able to use guys who went in the early game.

  8. Phillie697

    April 17, 2013 04:10 PM

    Bullpen sessions are not the same as real game pitching; you’re not trying to stress your arm by striking batters out and/or placing the pitch at the exact locations where you want them.

    If bullpen sessions are basically the same, wouldn’t you have seen starting pitchers cameo as relief pitchers on a regular basis?

  9. Phillie697

    April 17, 2013 05:00 PM

    Before I begin, I want to mention that I like Aumont. A lot.

    But… Bottom of the 9th, tied game, with the opposing team’s 2-3-4 hitter coming up, who should you put in as your pitcher? If you answered “not our best reliever who we are paying $50M to because we need to save him for the imaginary save situation that is guaranteed not to come because we’re stupid,” then you have just won a four-year scholarship to Cholly’s School of Looking Like You’re Managing a Baseball Team!!! Congrats!!!

  10. hk

    April 17, 2013 05:04 PM

    It’s too much to expect him to use Papelbon there, but what could be have been saving Adams for? A hold?

  11. Vince

    April 17, 2013 05:04 PM

    Well, Aumont made sure that that we didn’t have to worry about this…

    But I wanted to make clear that I understand that bullpen sessions are not exactly the same as throwing in a game. Under normal circumstances it doesn’t make sense to bring a starter in relief. But this was hardly the sort of situation that comes up on a regular basis and I’ve seen starters come in during long extra innings games before in the past.

    Usually that’s an unexpected situation, but in a day like today where you know you are going to be playing extra innings (I had hoped more than just one half) I thought it might make sense to play a starter for an inning or two.

  12. Phillie697

    April 17, 2013 05:56 PM

    @Vince,

    He didn’t use a perfectly-suited, imminently-available Papelbon for that situation, what makes you think he’s going to use Lee?

    Had the game gone 15 innings, I would certainly consider that. But what is the lesson of the day? When you hold your best pitcher back, you won’t even get out of the current inning, let alone get to 15.

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