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Game 15: Oswalt vs. Kendrick

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For better and for worse, baseball seems less prone to one-game momentum swings and "turning points" than the other major sports. As the cliche goes, momentum is only as strong as the next game's starting pitcher, and if you lose in appalling fashion, most of the time there's no more than 24 hours before you get to seek a reversal of fortune.

So last night's shocking, thrilling 4-3 comeback win over the Astros might or might not signify much in the long term. Tonight's starting pitcher for the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick, hasn't looked right since spring training began, and his last start against the Mets--that 2.1-inning, six-walk, seven-run (albeit just one earned) mess last Wednesday--might have been his worst as a big-leaguer if not as a pro. Pitching coach Rich Dubee has pleaded with Kendrick to show the controlled aggression he used to such good effect as a rookie in 2007--but the numbers were always there to suggest Kendrick was very lucky as well as, or instead of, particularly good. With Adam Eaton turning in a third straight quality start (and earning a third straight no-decision) last night, the 23 year-old could find himself fighting for his job in the near future.

Houston's Wednesday starter isn't so much with the momentum himself: Astros ace Roy Oswalt is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA. But he's enjoyed a lot of success against the Phillies, with a 5-1 record and 3.02 ERA in eight career appearances, including six starts.