Game Chat: Kyle Kendrick Looks to Bounce Back, Rollins' Record, and Kratzless

Game Chat: Kyle Kendrick Looks to Bounce Back, Rollins' Record, and Kratzless

Prior to Kyle Kendrick's most recent start against the Atlanta Braves last week, we pointed out what solid numbers he had against the Bravo historically and all he did was go out and get completely lit up by them just a few hours later.

So, we're not going to tell you the solid numbers he's put up in eight outings against the Marlins and instead point out he's 2-8 with a 5.01 ERA as a starter this season. Go check out CSN's "what you need to know" for more on that.

KK (4-9, 4.86) will face right-hander Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88) tonight at Marlins Park.

Kratzheads will be saddened to learn that their folk hero has the night off and will be replaced by Brian Schneider behind the dish. Kratz has been one of the more fun story lines to come out of this team during the bleak summer. Who'dathunk we'd notice when he wasn't in the lineup?

With tonight's start at shortstop, Jimmy Rollins will become the all-time leader in games played at the position for the Fightin' Phils. He'll pass Larry Bowa who played short for Philadelphia in 1,730 games. Rollins (1,748) will trail only Richie Ashburn (1,794)  and Mike Schmidt (2,404) for games played at any position in franchise history.

Another 7:10 start time from Miami. Let's hope for more reports from the pool at the Clevelander.

No Kratzing:

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.