Confidence key part of Kendrick's streak

Confidence key part of Kendrick's streak

WASHINGTON -- Kyle Kendrick is in a groove.

The Phillies right-hander is in the middle of a career-best 21 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest active streak in the Major Leagues. That streak spans parts of two starts and seven appearances out of the bullpen.

Though he probably fits better as a starter and admits he wants to get back into the rotation at some point, Kendrick has added stability to a shaky bullpen.

"It's just pitching right now," Kendrick said. "It doesn't matter if it's bullpen or starting. I just feel confident in my stuff, where I'm at and getting ahead, attacking the hitters. I feel good where I'm at right now."

Kendrick (4-8, 4.45 ERA) said the biggest reason for his current success is that he's been getting ahead in counts and keeping the ball down in the zone.

"For me, this is a good time to see him in the bullpen and kind of evaluate how he is and things like that," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's a right-handed pitcher and we need righties and the fact that he's been pitching really good for us."