The Phillies have consistently remained in contention for the NL East crown this season, although once again they will face a test with having to turn the season around. The Phils have won just 5 of their last 10 games, and more recently have dropped their last three contests. Yesterday against the Rockies, Kyle Kendrick managed to pitch just 4.1 innings while giving up 5 runs. He has a 6.56 Earned Run Average this year after signing a 2 year/$8 million extension with the Phillies. Said manager Joe Torre, “Kyle just hasn’t been getting the movement on his pitches that you need to compete at this level.” Kendrick attributed the lack of success to not being able to put hitters away. GM Noah Oppenheimer said that while the club respects Kendrick, they are looking to find a replacement. Weather that will be from AAA or another team is yet to be determined, although they will have to act fast–Kendrick’s next start is in just four days.
On the Flip side, the Nationals have leapfrogged the Phils in the standings, winning 8 of their last 11 games. But is Oppenheimer worried? “There’s a reason we’re called the Fightin’ Phils,” he said, “we’re never going to give up. In a 162-game season, a streak like this is just a blimp on the radar.” Bench Coach Bobby Valentine says the players aren’t stressed out in the clubhouse. “The guys are still having fun, but taking the game seriously,” he said, “Joe’s done a great job of implementing a balance between the two.