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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Kennedy rolls to 20th as D-backs inch closer

Ian Kennedy became the first 20-game winner in the National League as he tossed eight one-hit innings to lead the D-backs past the Pirates, 1-0, on Monday night in front of 24,458 at Chase Field.
Kennedy (20-4) was dominant, with the lone Pirates hit against him being a single to left by opposing pitcher Jeff Karstens in the third inning. Kennedy matched his career high with 12 strikeouts and walked one.

NTNgod Posted: September 20, 2011 at 04:21 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bhaakon Posted: September 20, 2011 at 05:46 AM (#3930593)
It's rather disturbing that I initially read that as "Kennedy rolls D20."
   2. Lest we forget Posted: September 20, 2011 at 06:37 AM (#3930601)
Cy Young end-game at play. While Kennedy's not a leading contender, his 20 wins highlight what Doc won't have.

Double match point, Kershaw.
   3. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: September 20, 2011 at 06:44 AM (#3930602)
If Cliff Lee pitches another shutout tomorrow, does the dynamic change?
   4. Jack Sommers Posted: September 20, 2011 at 07:21 AM (#3930603)
I'm just as happy IPK won't get the CY Young award. Might save a few millions at extension time.
   5. danup Posted: September 20, 2011 at 08:58 AM (#3930608)
The question has to be asked: Will anyone ever win 20 games again?
   6. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: September 20, 2011 at 09:09 AM (#3930610)
The question has to be asked: Will anyone ever win 20 games again?

After the glorious revolution of 9/21 the first act of the new order shall be to officially abolish the win statistic. So no.

The second act will be to paint the white house fuchsia.
   7. Lest we forget Posted: September 20, 2011 at 09:14 AM (#3930611)
Dunno about Cliff; it sure would have aided his cause REAL WELL had he not lost the last shutout (and get a ND) by giving up a homer with 2 "!%# outs in the 9th.

I don't think he can do it alone - Kershaw needs to falter. At baseball award time, last impressions matter, oui?
   8. Lujack Posted: September 20, 2011 at 01:49 PM (#3930703)
Here's what's going to happen:

Voters will rationalize that if they are going to name a pitcher the MVP, cosmically then a position player has to be a CY winner.

Therefore your 2011 NL CY winner is.... Wilson Valdez.
   9. Rants Mulliniks Posted: September 20, 2011 at 02:03 PM (#3930712)
Halladay had a chance until last night, when he gave up 4 ER and walked 4 batters for the first time in over three years.
   10. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 20, 2011 at 03:10 PM (#3930805)
Also of note during this game is that Arizona's lone run came on a broken-bat home run by Justin Upton that looked like a fan Maiered it (but it was upheld on review).
   11. Lest we forget Posted: September 21, 2011 at 06:01 AM (#3931681)
Kershaw... triple match point...

How CAN he lose... ?
   12. akrasian Posted: September 21, 2011 at 06:44 AM (#3931692)
How CAN he lose... ?

Kershaw could pitch poorly in his last start, while Halladay could be brilliant. Then the Phils have Halladay go 5 on the last game of the season, pick up his 20th win, and open the playoffs with Lee instead of Halladay, with Halladay starting the second game.
   13. Jack Sommers Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:23 AM (#3931699)
I really don't think they would do that unless they are happy with Lee starting game 1 to begin with. I just don't see the Phils disrupting their plans for the post season roster to accomodate some lame push for the Cy Young award.
   14. Lest we forget Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:00 AM (#3931702)
yeah, and while it's impossible for most of us to KNOW how Doc feels about this, i'm guessing he's not giving it a huge amount of weight.

does anyone think he's gone into these past few starts giving thought to his performance's impact on his CY chances? on his future legacy? hard to imagine he's ignorant of it, but his public persona exudes a balanced approach to his profession where awards are nice, but winning is the thing.
   15. Greg K Posted: September 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM (#3931709)
Especially since he already has two of those Cy Young things, but no Championships to speak of.
   16. Lest we forget Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:17 PM (#3932094)

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