On Kyle Kendrick's Impressive Streakiness

On Kyle Kendrick's Impressive Streakiness

Kyle Kendrick has taken a lot of heat in this town. And plenty of times he's deserved it. But for those who love to rip KK after he gets bashed around by the Braves, you've got to give him his props when he puts together one of those crazy-weird hot streaks.

Or maybe they're not so weird. As you're likely aware, Kendrick hasn't allowed a run in his two most recent starts, including 8.0 real solid innings of work in Sunday's win for the series split in Milwaukee. His current 15-inning scoreless streak is actually his second best such streak of this season. He put together 22-straight scoreless innings spanning all of July.

So what's been making Kendrick so streaky? Crashburn Alley's Bill Baer does a real nice job this morning digging into the numbers. The quick and dirty: Kendrick's been getting people to strikeout at a much higher clip in 2012 and he's doing it in part by keeping hitters more off balance by using his chang eup more frequently.

Crashburn writes:

Why has Kendrick, with the career 12 percent strikeout rate and 4.84
xFIP, shown flashes of brilliance so far this year? The most obvious
answer is that Kendrick vastly improved his ability to miss bats.
Entering the season, Kendrick’s K-rate was just over 11 percent and
peaked at 13.4 percent in 2009, a 26.1-inning season. This year,
Kendrick has struck out 17 percent of the batters he’s faced. Since
Kendrick will likely finish somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 total
batters faced, that comes out to about 35 extra outs, relative to his
career average, that don’t rely on luck or defenders converting a batted
ball into an out.

Baer digs into the wOBAs and the xFIPs even further for an interesting read, or if funny quips are more of your thing, you can check out Charlie's line on Kendrick after yesterday's win.

“Kyle did good, man,” Manuel said. “He got Braun out. He should get a medal for that.”

That's not to say Kendrick is suddenly going to become one of the Phillies' aces, but he's certainly become a serviceable fifth starter, especially when he's grooving, and he's not nearly as bad as some people make him out to be at times. You have to give him some credit for dealing with the yo-yo'ing back and forth between starter and reliever. Hopefully he can continue to settle into the rotation with continued success.

>>Kendrick goes eight scoreless in Phils' win [CSN]
>>Kyle Kendrick's flashes of greatness [Crashburn Alley]

Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

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Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.

Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator. 

Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).

Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon, where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans. 

Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator. 

Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

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Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

The Philadelphia Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.

Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards, and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack. 

“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”

King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.

“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said.  “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”