PHOENIX — Seven more innings of two-run baseball lowered Kyle Kendrick's ERA to 2.47. That mark ranks 10th in the National League. Every five days, he is stating his case as one of the league's best pitchers.
Has it sunk in yet?
"No," Kendrick said. "I was talking to Roy [Halladay] the other day in the outfield about when you're going like that, you don't think about it. You just move on. Like tomorrow, I'm gonna get ready for my next start. In the past, you'd wake up and feel good about yourself. 'Oh, I pitched great last night. Now I can sit on that for four days.' That's not really how I feel right now.
"Roy said that's where you want to be, talking about moving forward. You wake up and get ready for your next outing. That game's in the past. You gotta get ready for the next one, be consistent and do that again. So no, I haven't really thought about it."
Kendrick has pitched six or more innings and allowed two or fewer runs in seven straight starts.
"I'm not that same old pitcher," he said.