Despite Giving Up Five Runs, Kendrick Pleased With His PerformanceBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Friday, June 29th, 2012
In baseball, a quality start is typically recognized when a pitcher goes at least six innings and gives up no more than three earned runs. Not many major league pitchers would be proud of themselves after a game in which they gave up five runs in the first inning. Most professional pitchers would be disappointed with themselves for putting their team into such a deep hole early in the game.
But Phillies’ starter Kyle Kendrick doesn’t see things that way.
“Gave us a chance to win,” Kendrick said after the game. “Pitched deep in the game. They needed me to pitch deep in the game, I did that. We were in the game, had a chance to win the game. Yeah, you never want to give up runs, but I was happy with myself to go deep like that and give us a chance.”
Kendrick is clearly the type of person who sees the glass as half-full instead of half-empty.
While its good that Kendrick is maintaining a positive attitude despite his 2-8 record and his 5.35 ERA, he can’t be satisfied with himself solely because he was able to pitch deep into the ballgame. The Phillies needed a much better performance than they got from the starter on Thursday.
Kendrick needs to understand that every game for the Phillies is critical from here on out. He can’t be ok with putting his team in a 5-0 hole in the first inning of a game, so long as he’s able to last seven innings.
Its about quality, not quantity. What good is a seven inning performance if the starting pitcher gives up such a high number of runs and forces his team into an uphill battle for the rest of the game?
Kendrick needs have to much higher standards for himself. Though he’s had an up and down big league career, he’s shown in the past that he’s capable of being a much more effective starter than he’s been this season. Just a year ago he went 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 15 starts, and made a significant contribution to the team that recorded a franchise-record 102 wins.
Unless Kendrick (and some of his teammates) develop a much stronger mentality, and expect a lot more from themselves, it will be very difficult for the Phillies to force their way back into the playoff picture.
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