This week was tough so I am giving it to the entire starting rotation. Going into Friday’s series opener the Phillies starters had given up a total of 9 earned runs over 45 innings. That is good for a 1.80 ERA. The only starter that “struggled” was Moyer. Moyer surrendered 5 earned runs over a total of 12 innings pitched. Halladay was the only other starter to have two starts so far this week. He was lit up for 2 earned runs over 17 innings pitched. Kendrick, seemingly identifying his impending doom if he had another rough outing, pitched a gem in Houston going 8 strong and giving up no runs. Hopefully Hamels will have another solid outing in Arizona tonight and Blanton the same in his rehab assignment.
Outside of Roy Halladay, the Phillies rotation has been less than stellar. If not for the Red Zone Offense that Manager Charlie Manuel has been playing and the outstanding work the bullpen has been far more than expected. Between Cole Hamels, JA Happ, Kyle Kendrick, and Jamie Moyer, the four starters have averaged 4.2 IP per start. Granted Happ still has an ERA of zilch, he is averaging only 5 innings per start. Kyle Kendrick, who is filling in for injured starter Joe Blanton, has been absolutely ROCKED in two starts. I know it is only the second week of the season, but if this trend continues much longer, not only will the Philliies starting rotation become more and more nerve racking, but the bullpen will become highly taxed and may not be able to last the rest of the season intact and healthy.