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Friday, September 09, 2011

Ian Kennedy picked up his National League-best 19th win as he pitched the D-backs past the Padres,

Ian Kennedy picked up his National League-best 19th win as he pitched the D-backs past the Padres, 4-1, on Thursday night in front of 21,402 at Chase Field.

The win was the 14th in the last 16 for the D-backs, who increased their lead in the National League West to 7 1/2 games over the idle Giants.

With the Brewers’ loss to the Phillies, the D-backs closed to within 1 1/2 games of Milwaukee for the second-best record in the NL and a more advantageous first-round playoff matchup.

Kennedy (19-4) won his fourth straight start and his 11th in his last 12. The right-hander allowed one run on seven hits and did not walk a batter while fanning 11.

Inching closer to “legit” CY Young candidacy ?

Jack Sommers Posted: September 09, 2011 at 04:38 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rants Mulliniks Posted: September 09, 2011 at 11:49 AM (#3920077)
The NL Cy Young race is getting more muddled by the day. A few weeks ago, it looked like Halladay would win it in a walk. Then Kershaw inched past him in IP and W and blew by him in Ks. Meanwhile, Lee throws in a couple more shutouts to drop his ERA into the 2.40s. Now Kennedy has gotten his ERA on the good side of 3.00 and may be the only 20-game winner.

Hard to believe, but Roy is now sitting just sixth in IP, which would be the lowest finish in a full season of his career. He is a start or two behind the leaders though.
   2. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:00 PM (#3920079)
You can't complain as a Yanks fan because, after all, Curtis Granderson came to the Bronx, but dammit, it would have been great rooting for Kennedy as he came into his own.
   3. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:04 PM (#3920082)
You can't complain as a Yanks fan

Speak for yourself. We should have packaged Hughes and Chamberlain. ####.
   4. 1k5v3L Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:29 PM (#3920087)
Well, some people say that Kennedy would be a best a #5 starter in the AL East... and who are we to argue with those people?
   5. 1k5v3L Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:33 PM (#3920092)
In 11 starts since the all star break, Kennedy is 10-1 with 1.95 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 72K in 73.2 IP. He likely has 3 more starts this season, and if he finishes really strong, he should appear high on the list on a few Cy Young ballots. Not saying he'll win the award, but he deserves to get recognition for this outstanding season.
   6. NJ in NY (Now with Big Girl!) Posted: September 09, 2011 at 01:00 PM (#3920102)
FWIW, Kennedy has taken over the #1 slot on ESPN's CYA Predictor, though that tool has been less useful the past few years. One of the guys on MLBN also said Kennedy was his pick as of last night, if memory serves.
   7. Accent Shallow is Having an Average Weekend Posted: September 09, 2011 at 01:20 PM (#3920115)
Well, some people say that Kennedy would be a best a #5 starter in the AL East... and who are we to argue with those people?

I thought we established in a previous thread that, Samson-like, Kennedy's powers are derived from his beard. Which, as a Yankee, he would be forbidden to grow.
   8. it's hittin' 53450n. Posted: September 09, 2011 at 02:05 PM (#3920151)

In 11 starts since the all star break, Kennedy is 10-1 with 1.95 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 72K in 73.2 IP.
over that same period, cliff lee is 7-1 with a 1.76 ERA, .980 WHIP, and a 67/11/66.1 K/BB/IP ratio. he's also thrown 2 CGSHO and won pitcher of the month in august, which was the 2nd time he's won the award so far this year.

oh, and he also did that over 9 GS, which means he averaged 7.1 innings per start, versus kennedy's 6.2.



kennedy's having a nice year, but let's not lose perspective. he'd be the 4th starter on the phillies.
   9. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: September 09, 2011 at 02:28 PM (#3920176)
STEAGLES, who would you take as Cy Young, Halladay or Lee. Their stats are virtually identical, but who have you been more impressed with?
   10. Sean Forman Posted: September 09, 2011 at 03:00 PM (#3920195)
Lee currently has 20% of the NL's CGSHO's himself. It's going to be Lee in a walk, imo.
   11. Lassus Posted: September 09, 2011 at 03:09 PM (#3920200)
kennedy's having a nice year, but let's not lose perspective. he'd be the 4th starter on the phillies.

Where were the numbers proving he's inferior to Cole Hamels, exactly?
   12. Lest we forget Posted: September 09, 2011 at 03:12 PM (#3920204)
Hamels is looking awfully good, too, but he doesn't have the sexy mainstream numbers to support him.

Best WHIP, and hasn't given up an unearned run all season.

I'm also liking Lee..

20 games to go.. very cool
   13. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 09, 2011 at 03:26 PM (#3920210)
kennedy's having a nice year, but let's not lose perspective. he'd be the 4th starter on the phillies.


That's OK, the Phillies are a 3rd place team in the AL East.
   14. it's hittin' 53450n. Posted: September 09, 2011 at 03:31 PM (#3920212)
STEAGLES, who would you take as Cy Young, Halladay or Lee. Their stats are virtually identical, but who have you been more impressed with?
i think kershaw's gonna win. i think halladay and lee will split votes, and that there's enough anti-philadelphia sentiment for kershaw (who's really freaking good, and having a really freaking good year) to win, despite the difference in run environments between CBP and dodgers stadium.


but of just the two phillies, it's halladay. what separates halladay from lee is that when he blows up, in his worst games of the season, he still goes 7 innings. he's had 6 games where his game score has been below 50, and of those games, he threw 7 innings thrice, went 6.2 another time, and a solid 6 in another game. these are his 6 most ineffective starts of the year, and he averaged 6 and 1/3 IP.


i mean really, this is pretty amazing considering the context. halladay's thrown 7 innings or more in 21 of his 28 starts. he gone fewer than 6 innings in only 2 of his starts, and of those, 1 was cut short due to a rain delay, and the other was cut short due to heat exhaustion.


he's inhuman. it's really, really impressive.
   15. birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: September 09, 2011 at 04:43 PM (#3920270)
Well, some people say that Kennedy would be a best a #5 starter in the AL East... and who are we to argue with those people?


Now that minorleaguesplits is down, is there way to check his MLE for the AL? It would be nice to get a sense of his performance in the AL based on actual evidence.
   16. Jack Sommers Posted: September 09, 2011 at 07:42 PM (#3920510)
I didn't mean my comment at the bottom of the article to say he IS the best Cy Young candidate, just that he is inching towards being a deserving one.
I can't argue the credentials of Kershaw, Lee or Halladay vs. Kennedy. BUT....if Kennedy finishes out his next 3 starts like the last 12, and one or two of those guys stumbles for a couple of starts, then things really do get muddled.
   17. Jack Sommers Posted: September 14, 2011 at 11:47 PM (#3925340)
Well, a non decision and a 4 run first, (he went 6 IP and didn't allow another run, and the team won anyway), pretty much ends any talk of IPK getting serious Cy Young consideration. He could still get his 20th or even 21st win of course, but he needed to run the table and dominate his last 3-4 starts to truly be worthy.

It's down to Halladay, Kershaw and Lee.

Halladay will probably win it, but it's such and interesting race.
   18. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 15, 2011 at 12:24 AM (#3925357)
It's down to Halladay, Kershaw and Lee.

Halladay will probably win it, but it's such and interesting race.


Halladay pitched a shutout today. Kershaw goes later and we'll see if he can respond.

As it stands at this moment:

Halladay 18-5 2.34 219.2 IP 211 K ~166 ERA+

Kershaw 18-5 2.36 213.2 IP 231 K 156 ERA+

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