A pitcher's record is often not indicative of how he has performed. Case in point: Monday night's Rockies-Phillies duel.
Both Kyle Kendrick (0-5) and Jhoulys Chacin (0-3) are winless in 2014, and although they haven't exactly been lighting it up from the mound, they haven't been getting much in the way of run support, either.
Kendrick has turned in five quality starts in his nine appearances this season, and owns a respectable 2.33 strikeout to walk ratio. His last start at Miami, in which he allowed six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, ballooned his ERA from 3.96 to 4.53. If you go back to Aug. 11 of last year, Kendrick is 0-10 with 5.11 ERA in 15 starts.
When Kendrick has been effective, Philly's lackluster offense has done little to back him up. Runs have been hard to come by this season for the Phillies, who were no-hit by the Dodgers' Josh Beckett on Sunday and who are tied for 25th in baseball with 183 runs scored. Kendrick knows that as well as anyone as his 3.22 run support average ranks 42nd out of 59 eligible pitchers.
But first things first: For Kendrick to find the win column, he'll have to escape the opening inning unscathed. Kendrick owns a 9.00 ERA in the first frame this season.
Chacin has endured a similarly frustrating quest to notch his first victory. He's 3-for-4 in delivering quality starts, and with the backing of a Colorado offense that is leading all of baseball with 262 runs scored, Chacin has been unlucky to not have at least a win or two.
The right-hander is gradually improving with each start after missing April with a shoulder strain.
Phillies: Lee hopes for good news
Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee is on the disabled list with a strained left elbow, but his elbow will be reevaluated Monday.
If he has improved enough, the Phillies said he could begin a throwing program.
"We'll see," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We said we would look to see if he could throw in a week. If he can, then he can. If he can't, then we'll push him back."
It is unlikely Lee will be ready to pitch when he is eligible to be activated June 3, but the Phillies hope he returns not long after that.
Rockies: CarGo returns to lineup
Carlos Gonzalez returned to the Rockies lineup on Sunday after missing three games due to swelling in his left index finger.
He started in left field and was slotted into the cleanup spot.
"It's good," Gonzalez said. "Actually, yesterday I took [batting practice], and it was feeling good. They just decided to give me an extra day, and I feel good to go."
Colorado manager Walt Weiss said the club will continue to monitor the condition of Gonzalez's finger.
• Phillies center fielder Ben Revere's first-inning double Saturday was his 40th hit of the season. Elias Sports Bureau found no player had collected 39 or more hits without a double in a season since 1990, when three players needed at least 39 hits before collecting a double: Houston's Eric Yelding (72 hits before his first double), Milwaukee's Edgar Diaz (47) and Montreal's Tim Raines (45).
• Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon needs one more save for his career 300th.
Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.