Phillies mired in a few slumps

Kyle Kendrick is set to start the home opener against the Brewers Tuesday. Credit: Getty Images
Kyle Kendrick has not gotten a winning decision since last August. Credit: Getty Images

It isn’t surprising that over the course of a 162-game regular season, a big-league team experiences several slumps, as well as hot streaks.

But several key Phillies have been particularly subject to some tough luck of late.

First is Kyle Kendrick, who has lost each of his last eight decisions including a 3-0 loss Monday night to the Blue Jays. This dates all the way back to Aug 6 of last year — a long way to go without a win.

“He’s pitched better than that,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, referring toKendrick’s losing streak, the longest for a Phillie since Brad Lidge in 2009. “He has been better than the record shows. I wouldn’t call that a slump at all. He just needs to keep going out there and battling.”

Kendrick has allowed three earned runs or less in five of his last six starts and has received just 2.39 runs of support during the streak, the fifth lowest run support in the majors. Talk about bad luck.

“Records are out of your control sometimes,” Kendrick said. “You want to go out there, take the ball and give your team a chance to win.”

Freddy Galvis is another Phillie looking to buck recent trends. Though the utility man started and did get a base hit against the Jays Monday, his batting average stands at .056.

“He’s getting some at bats,” Sandberg said, “he just came up short.”

He filled in for Rollins Monday, who was out with tenderness in his knee. But if the sharp-fielding infielder wants to stay on the big league roster he needs to find some sort of offensive game.

As a whole, there is one more Phillies’ slump that is a head-scratcher. Since 2012, Philadelphia is an anemic 13-26 in interleague play (as of Monday night.) Phillies pitchers have posted the 28th worst ERA in the majors against the American League.

“When you give up three runs against the Blue Jays it’s big,” Ben Revere said after Monday’s loss, the pitching staff doing a good job to keep the Phillies in the game. “They’re a powerhouse team, with that lineup, but their pitching shut us down.”


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