Why Kyle Kendrick is the Antichrist, #105

When ex-Phillie Kyle Abbott went 1-14, 5.13 (69 ERA+) in 133.1 IP in his NL debut in 1992, he struck out 5.9 per 9 innings.

Kyle Kendrick has never struck out more than 5.1 per 9 innings.

Other than this season. When he is 0-2, 6.59 (57 ERA+) in 13.2 IP so far.

After bombing in 1992, Kyle Abbott would pitch 28.1 relatively effective innings as a Phils reliever the following season (ERA+ of 111), whereby he departed as a free agent to the Angels and would only pitch 4 more innings in the majors.

After bombing in 2008 (11-9 but 5.49 (79 ERA+) in 155.2 IP with even worse peripherals than Abbott’s 1992), Kyle Kendrick would pitch 26.1 relatively effective innings as a Phils reliever the following season (ERA+ of 125), whereby he was given the opportunity to go 11-10, 4.73 (86 ERA+) in 180.2 innings the season after that; 8-6, 3.22 (120 ERA+) in 114.2 extremely lucky innings (BABIP of only .261) the season after that; and will now make $7.5M over the next two seasons.

Kyle Kendrick is Kyle Abbott plus one halfway decent rookie season in an unexpectedly successful pennant race that bought him endless opportunity to bomb for the rest of his Phils career.

Kyle Kendrick is the Antichrist.

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2 Responses to “Why Kyle Kendrick is the Antichrist, #105”

  1. […] The pitching BABIP breaks down as .289 for the starters and .299 for the relievers. Only Lee (.236 BABIP) is due for major regression; at the other extreme, Worley (.325) and Kyle Kendrick (.333 as a starter/.364 as a reliever) are due for improvement. Based on xFIP, Kyle Kendrick’s 5.96 ERA should actually be 4.88. On the other hand, that’s a $7.5M, two-year contract for a reliever with an ERA approaching 5. Kyle Kendrick is the Antichrist. […]

  2. […] No. 5 Starter: Williamsport Crosscutter/Lakewood Blue Claw Vance Worley, who’s too much of a stud for the Sally League. & if he goes down, how about someone who just won 11 games despite a 5.49 ERA (79 ERA+), 3.9 K/9, and a WHIP of 1.612 over 155.2 IP? Kyle Kendrick is the Antichrist. […]

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