Kyle Kendrick will have a chance to redeem himself on Wednesday. If he pitches well, who knows how deep into the game he'll last?
The right-hander wasn't thrilled with manager Charlie Manuel's decision to pull him prior to the completion of the sixth inning in his last outing. Following the pitching change, a 4-2 Phillies lead morphed into a 5-4 deficit before the flood gates opened in a 13-4 thumping.
"I'm not going to knock Charlie's decision at all, but I wanted to stay in the game," Kendrick said. "I'm a competitor. I want to stay in, but it's not my decision. It's his decision. I respect it. But any starter, I wouldn't say they would want to come out of the game. I felt fine."
After all was said and done, Kendrick surrendered five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, while being charged with the loss. Manuel responded to questions about Kendrick's pleas to remain on the mound.
"He can say what he wants to and I'll say to him what I want to," Manuel said. "I'm not going to tell you what I tell him, though. Seriously, that's how I look at it. I don't care what he says, but if I got something to say to him, I'll be able to do that. You won't know unless he tells you."
On Wednesday, Kendrick will face a Mets team he is plenty familiar with. In 18 career appearances -- his third-most against any opponent -- he has compiled a 5-7 record and 3.56 ERA against New York.
Terry Collins' club will counter with Jeremy Hefner, who dazzled for six innings in his first start of the season, but still took a loss. Hefner held the Marlins to one run on five hits in six innings, but exited the contest with his team trailing, 1-0. Miami eventually won, 7-5.
"I was just hoping to keep them close, and eventually we did come back," Hefner said. "We just ran out of outs."
Mets: Harvey earning praise
Matt Harvey has allowed four hits in 14 innings this season. And if that seems like a fluke, consider that he only yielded 42 base knocks in 59 1/3 frames during his first taste of the big leagues last year.
So, color his teammates impressed. Harvey is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA through two starts. He has racked up 19 strikeouts and has only tallied four walks.
"He has that ability, when he misses out over the plate, to get good hitters to miss," catcher John Buck said. "It just has that extra oomph."
Phillies: Team backs Halladay
The next win for Roy Halladay will be the right-hander's 200th. How long it will take the scuffling veteran to arrive at that milestone remains to be seen. The Phillies appear committed to letting Halladay work out the kinks and get back on track. The 35-year-old is 0-2 with a 14.73 ERA in two starts this season.
"Roy has earned the right to tell us how he feels, and how he wants to go about certain things when it comes to his routine and his pitching and things like that," Manuel said. "We never once thought about shutting him down or nothing. I can tell you that.
"You know something else? Shutting him down ain't the right way, either. I don't see no way in the world, if he's healthy and everything like that, we shut him down."
• Harvey's strikeout rate of 10.92 per nine innings since his big league debut last July 26 trails only Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer (11.32) and Rangers righty Yu Darvish (11.02) over that span.
• In two starts this season, Cliff Lee has pitched 16 2/3 innings, allowing only two earned runs on 10 hits. He has yet to issue a walk.