2013 Phillies Report Card: Kyle Kendrick

That Kyle Kendrick is only the sixth-longest-tenured Phillies player is more a testament to Cole Hamels‘ ability and the Phillies’ propensity for throwing good money after bad. That Kendrick played for the Phillies from 2007-2011 and managed to throw nearly 600 regular-season innings and make exactly one postseason appearance is reinforcement for what he is: the fifth starter, someone who can take the ball reliably and not get absolutely lit up, but for whom “not getting absolutely lit up” is the ceiling. And that’s fine–I’ve long said that playoff berths have been lost for want of someone like Kendrick, but as the time and resources the Phillies have spent on him (as opposed to seeking out or developing a better option) have piled up, so too has our frustration.

In 2011 and 2012, we glimpsed, perhaps, a new Kendrick, a better Kendrick, a Kendrick perhaps capable of striking out more than a batter every other inning. For the first time, we went into a season viewing Kyle Kendrick as an asset rather than an inconvenience. That didn’t last long.

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Michael Young and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Playoff Game

Friday night, former Phillies infielder Michael Young entered Game 1 of the NLCS in extra innings. He would have two plate appearances.

The first one, with one out and men on first and third in the 10th, went like this. The second one, with one out and men on first and second in the 12th, also ended in a double play, although of the more conventional variety.

Young hit into 18 double plays with the Phillies – 21 for the whole regular season – but those two double plays tonight were the most crushing of all. Young amassed a -.527 WPA for his efforts, which amounts to the sixth-worst WPA of any postseason game, and the second-worst of any player who had just one or two plate appearances. The worst belongs to Cliff Bolton, who did this in 1933, his second and final playoff PA.

Rk Player Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt PA WPA
1 Felix Millan 1973-10-14 WS 2 NYM OAK W 10-7 7 -0.563
2 Cliff Bolton 1933-10-06 WS 4 WSH NYG L 1-2 1 -0.547
3 Reggie Sanders 1995-10-10 NLCS 1 CIN ATL L 1-2 5 -0.543
4 Jeff Kent 2004-10-10 NLDS 4 HOU ATL L 5-6 5 -0.542
5 Ron Gant 1993-10-10 NLCS 4 ATL PHI L 1-2 5 -0.532
6 Michael Young 2013-10-11 NLCS 1 LAD STL L 2-3 2 -0.523
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Generated 10/12/2013.

Sorry, Los Angeles.