I think we can all agree a series victory in San Francisco would be a welcomed occurrence these days. The Phils will attempt to earn the series edge this evening with their ace, Kyle Kendrick, on the hill.
Kendrick (3-1, 2.43) will take on right-hander Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41).
We gave you some positive Cliff Lee notes last night and that turned out just dandy, so let's look at Kendrick's good omen's from the game notes this evening:
Over his last 16 starts (since 8/14/12), Kendrick is 10-4 with a 2.43 ERA which is the 5th best ERA among NL starters over that stretch (min. 75 IP). The guys he trails? Just Clayton Kershaw, Kris Medlen, Matt Harvey, and Clifton Phifer Lee. Kendrick also has an active 23.0 inning scoreless streak on the road with his last run allowed back in September of 2012 in Houston. That's good for the 2nd longest such streak in the bigs trailing only Colorado's Rex Brothers.
Laynce Nix will get the start in right field against the righty Lincecum. Ben Revere is back in CF as well.
10:15 from the west coast. Make yourself a cup of tea and stay up with us.
No News Is No News
The Phillies beats all say not to expect any update on Roy Halladay's visit with the doctor down in L.A. today. What does that meaaaan?
Site Be Funky
Expect some things to happen to the site at some point during the game. But don't be scared. We'll get through it together.
CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.
Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.
Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.
Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.
Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica.
The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.
The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks.
This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.