FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Philadelphia Phillies (10-15-3) will oppose a familar face in Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Boston Red Sox (13-13-2) at JetBlue Park — fellow 2008 World Series champion RHP Kyle Kendrick.
Kendrick, 32, did not make a big league appearance last season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was released by the Atlanta Braves prior in mid-March of that year. In 2015, he allowed the most home runs in baseball (33) and posted a 6.32 ERA and a 7-13 record through 27 starts with the Colorado Rockies.
So far in 2017, however, things are going as planned for the nine-year veteran who spent eight seasons with the Phillies from 2007-2014. In 23 innings with the Red Sox, Kendrick is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 20 strikeouts. He has thrown the second-most innings this spring, trailing just Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson.
Starting for the Phillies to conclude their second-to-last week of Grapefruit League action will be RHP Alec Asher. Southpaws Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez will follow in relief, shaping the game up to be an audition for the final bullpen spots on the Phillies' Opening Day roster.
Starting Pitching Matchup:
|Philadelphia Phillies (10-15-3)||Boston Red Sox (13-13-2)|
|RHP||Alec Asher||RHP||Kyle Kendrick|
|(2016: 2-1, 2.28 ERA)||(2016, Triple-A: 6-5, 4.72 ERA)|