Kyle Kendrick Trying to Avoid Disabled List and Notch a Win for the Phillies Print
Friday, 06 July 2007 07:53
MLB Headline News

Disabled List Growing

The Philadelphia Phillies promoted Kyle Kendrick from the minors to help fill their injury-depleted rotation. The last thing they want is for the right-hander to join their growing list of pitchers on the disabled list.

The Phillies hope Kendrick can overcome a right groin strain to win his fourth straight start as they visit the surging Colorado Rockies on Friday in the teams' first meeting of the season.

Oddsmakers have made Colorado -150 money line favorites (MLB Odds) for todays game, the over/under has been set at 10un total runs (Matchup). Our public betting information shows that 61% of bets for this game have been placed on Colorado -150 (View MLB Bet Percentages).

"I can pitch," Kendrick told the Phillies' official Web site. "I'll be good to go."

Kendrick (3-0, 4.38 ERA) suffered the strain in a June 19 start at Cleveland, and he aggravated the injury while helping the Phillies (43-42) beat the visiting New York Mets 5-3 on Sunday. The pain forced the 22-year-old right-hander to pitch from the stretch with the bases empty before he exited after 6 2-3 innings, having allowed a season-low two runs, six hits and three walks.

The Phillies have won all four of Kendrick's outings and he has not allowed more than four runs or thrown fewer than six innings in any of them.

"Anybody that gets people out is good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

The Phillies purchased Kendrick's contract from Double-A Reading on June 13, four days after Freddy Garcia went on the 15-day disabled list for a sore right shoulder. Garcia is among six Philadelphia pitchers on the DL, a list that includes starter Jon Lieber, who learned earlier this week he must undergo season-ending foot surgery.

The Phillies are three shy of matching their 2000 club record for pitchers used in a season at 27.

Philadelphia enters its final series before the All-Star break having lost five of seven games, winning only the finale in each of its last two series. Cole Hamels' seven strong innings lifted the Phillies to an 8-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

Kendrick will be countered by Jeff Francis (8-5, 3.56), who has three more wins than any other Rockies pitcher and whose ERA is nearly a run better than any other starter.

The left-hander has won his last three decisions, improving to 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 11 starts since May 7. He is 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA in five home starts over that span.

Francis helped the Rockies end an eight-game losing streak in his last outing, giving up three hits and four walks in seven innings of a 5-0 win at Houston on Saturday.

"Fortunately, I had a good curveball going," Francis told the Rockies' official Web site. "I was able to get some strikes on the outer half to righties. I think with those two things, I kept them off balance."

One of his top concerns will be reigning NL MVP Ryan Howard, who is batting .317 (20-for-63) with six homers and 19 RBIs in his last 16 games. However, Howard has hit only .204 against lefties this season.

Colorado (42-43) is coming off a three-game home sweep of the New York Mets, completed with a season-high run total in a 17-7 win on Wednesday. The Rockies outscored the Mets 34-12, but now they face a Phillies team which has scored the most runs in the NL.

Colorado has won four of five, a stretch during which Garrett Atkins and Matt Holliday have each hit .421 (8-for-19). Atkins has two homers and 10 RBIs in that span, while Holliday has a homer, seven RBIs and five walks.

"Our lineup top to bottom is swinging the bat well right now," Holliday said. "There's no break one through eight."

Francis beat the Phillies the only time he faced them, striking out eight and allowing four hits in six scoreless innings of the Rockies' 9-2 home win on July 31, 2005.

The Phillies won last year's season series 4-3 after taking two of three at Coors Field, but the teams' last meeting was April 27, 2006. Philadelphia is 5-9 against NL West teams this season.

by: Michael Cash - thespread.com – Email Us

More MLB Baseball coverage from theSpread.com

 - MLB news wire
 - Current MLB Injuries
 - 2007 MLB standings
 - 2007 MLB schedule
 - 2007 MLB Umpire sheet
 - 2007 MLB stats
 - MLB scoreboard
 - Expert MLB picks
 - Accuscore predictions
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - MLB home

 

MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 960 Los Angeles Dodgers 87%
#2 954 Milwaukee Brewers 81%
#3 952 Cincinnati Reds 80%
#4 970 Seattle Mariners 79%
#5 956 New York Mets 71%
#6 971 Oakland Athletics 69%
#7 964 Cleveland Indians 65%
#8 962 Boston Red Sox 65%
#9 965 Los Angeles Angels 59%
#10 968 Kansas City Royals 57%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

MLB TEAM WORLD SERIES ODDS CURRENT
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 11/2
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 11/2
DETROIT TIGERS 13/2
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 10/1
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 10/1
MILWAUKEE BREWERS 12/1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 12/1
ST LOUIS CARDINALS 12/1
TORONTO BLUE JAYS 14/1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 16/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com