Kyle McPherson prepares to pitch in Grapefruit League action. Photo: RumBunter.com
There are a few reasons people might want you to believe that Kyle McPherson should begin the season in Triple-A Indianapolis. We don’t have any of them. We fully believe the fifth starter’s job is McPherson’s job to lose.
With no clear favorite for the job, Kyle McPherson did everything possible today against the Philadelphia Phillies to prove it’s his job. The right-hander pitched five scoreless innings giving up four hits and struckout one. It went down like so.
Freddy Galvis popped out to Brandon Inge
Michael Young flew out to right fielder Jose Tabata
Chase Utley grounded out softly to Brandon Inge
Ryan Howard hit a sharp single to right
Dominic Brown grounded into a force out
Darin Ruf hit a sharp single past Brandon Inge
It looked like trouble for the Buccos double black belt. But McPherson bore down and wrapped up the inning.
Lanyce Nix grounded out
Erik Kratz grounded out. Inning over.
Ender Inciarte flew out to Alex Presley in left
Freddy Galvis flew out to Jose Tabata in right
Michael Young flew out to Alex Presley in left
Chase Utley provided the drama of the day for McFear with a leadoff double
Ryan Howard flew out
Dominic Brown popped out to Inge who made a nice play by the third base fence
Darin Ruf flew out to Gold glover Andrew McCutchen
Laynce Nix groundout to Brandon Inge
Erik Kratz struckout looking
Ender Inciarte doubled
Freddy Galvis grounded out to Neil Walker
Now that my friends is how you win a starters job in the big leagues. Let’s trust McPherson is the man headed North with the club at month’s end.