B(r)ats and (meat)Balls: Reds at Phillies Gamethread, May 18, 2013

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The day after a fun win, there's nothing quite like a refreshing splash of afternoon game, is there? Especially when the weather has begun to warm up consistently enough that we feel comfortable putting away our jackets (sorry, Phrozen). And there's nothing like looking at what was supposed to be a fairly terrible matchup -- Kyle Kendrick against Bronson Arroyo -- and feeling like your team has an edge in what should be a fairly well pitched game.

Seriously, Kyle Kendrick and Bronson Arroyo both have ERAs and FIPs under 4.00. Kyle even has an xFIP and a SIERA under 4! I feel fairly responsible for this, based on how often I had to write about Kendrick this offseason. You're welcome.

So is it too soon to call 2013 the year of the ascendant fifth starter? I dunno, probably, but I'm going to jump the gun and say that 2013 is definitely the year of the ascendant fifth starter. So open the windows, fire up the grill, turn on Franzke and LA, and enjoy the mindbendingness of it all. Oh, and be sure to throw some meatballs on there in honor of where the fifth starters in the world came from.

Discuss how the metaphor of the fifth starter applies to our everyday lives, and how I've jinxed Kyle Kendrick irreparably below


Current Series

Phillies lead the series 1-0

Fri 05/17 WP: Justin De Fratus (2 - 0)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon
LP: Sean Marshall (0 - 1)
5 - 3 win

Cincinnati Reds
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Bronson Arroyo vs Kyle Kendrick

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Sun 05/19 1:35 PM EDT



Bronson Arroyo

#61 / Pitcher / Cincinnati Reds

6-4

195

R

R

Feb 24, 1977



Kyle Kendrick

#38 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-3

210

R

R

Aug 26, 1984


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