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  1. God the NL is weak… Those lineups are looking brutal…

    Comment by Matt B. — April 30, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

  2. You’re an idiot.

    Comment by John — April 30, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

  3. What’s so great about that? A 4.07 xfip in the NL is a fourth or fifth starter.

    Comment by John — April 30, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

  4. You’re an idiot, the NL is a second class citizen these days. BUD

    Comment by TKB — April 30, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

  5. Who said it was great?

    Comment by Steve — April 30, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

  6. If he keeps the same pace it would be a significant improvement over last year’s revolving door.

    Comment by kokushishin — April 30, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

  7. Um…a 4.07 xFIP from a relatively young starter with upside?

    I’ll take 8 k’s per 9, a WHIP south of 1.20, and a 4.00ish era any day from a waiver wire pickup. Heck, give me a roster full of that and I’ll win a few categories. ;-)

    Comment by Jimbo — April 30, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

  8. Actually, that’s more along the lines of a #3 or #4 starter, something that many thought Kennedy would never be, much less be in his first season in AZ. League is irrelevant in determining where a starter will sit in a rotation, he’s just that spot in the rotation in whatever league he’s in. Move him to the AL and you’ll see some decline, sure, but you’ll also move him out of Chase (and out of regular starts at Coors Field too). There’s a huge difference between pitching in NY and, say, Baltimore, Detroit, or Toronto. Ask Edwin Jackson if moving from the AL (Detroit) to Chase is such an improvement.

    People who follow Kennedy’s season would know that his last two starts have seen him make huge strides, largely because he’s been more aggressive in the zone. His pitch counts per inning are lower, he’s walked almost nobody, and he’s gone eight innings each game (although since the last one was a blowout it can be argued he didn’t need to throw 110 pitches to get through 8 against the Cubs). He’s gonna be a heckuva pitcher.

    Comment by Dan — April 30, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

  9. Nice piece, Joe. I wondered why they left him in the other night after going 7 IP and giving up just 1 run (he gave up another 4 in the 8th). You’d figure they let the young kid leave on a high note, with a 2nd straight good performance under his belt.

    But then I did a little digging and found that AZ has the WORST bullpen ERA in Baseball. So I had my answer.

    Comment by Steve S. — May 1, 2010 @ 7:49 am

  10. Sorry, a 4.07 xFIP is a solid number two starter in the NL.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=nl&qual=y&type=1&season=2009&month=0

    Comment by Toffer Peak — May 1, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

  11. The AZ yard tends to be very “live” for hitters over the course of a season. It will be intresting to see how Kenedy fairs over a season.

    Comment by daveinexile — May 2, 2010 @ 9:30 am

  12. agreed sir, they play baseball in the national league, they play business in the american league….i prefer baseball…i prefer jamie moyer

    Comment by pirate — May 2, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

  13. I hope Ian Kennedy the best, but it’s hard to imagine that he can keep the ball in the park, especially pitching at Chase and with the hot summers in Arizona.

    Comment by Arthur O — May 3, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

  14. I’d be a little more concerned about that extremely high strand rate.

    Comment by Ryan — May 11, 2010 @ 11:00 am

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