Game 42: Kennedy returns


Well, that was a short exile. Just 11 days after his demotion, Ian Kennedy is back with the Yankees. We’ve all certainly debated the pluses and minuses of his demotion and his quick return for the last 11 days. Let’s see how he does now that crunch time is here.

While in the Minors, Kennedy made two starts, one shortened so that he could pitch today. In 8.1 innings with Scranton, he allowed two hits and no walks while striking out eight. Those numbers are a far cry from the 8.37 Big League ERA he currently sports. In 23.2 innings prior to his demotion, Kennedy had allowed 28 hits and had a 20:15 BB:K ratio. Opponents were hitting .298 against him.

Kennedy’s biggest problem in April was his pitch count. He kept running up the counts early on, averaging over 7 pitches per out. If he’s throwing strikes today and finishing off hitters, all will be well.

For the Rays, Jim Duquette’s biggest mistake takes the mound. Scott Kazmir — yes, another lefty — makes his third start of the season. He’s 1-1 on the year. During his first start back from the DL, he gave up four runs, three earned, in four innings to the Red Sox. Last week, he shut down the Angels over six innings, allowing three hits while striking out six. He has walked three batters in each of his two starts.

The Yanks are sticking their righties out there against Kazmir. Bobby Abreu and Hideki Matsui both have the day off, but why Morgan Ensberg is hitting above the very hot Cano is beyond me. Game time’s at 4:10 p.m. Starting the Mets’ series at .500 sure would be nice. The Amazin’s, by the way, have just dropped their third out of four to a bunch of softball girls. Hopefully, the Yanks can avoid a similar fate against a much better club than the Nats.

Damon LF
Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Giambi DH
Duncan RF
Ensberg 1B
Cano 2B
Gonzalez 3B
Molina C

Kennedy P

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Jamal G. says:

    Great job by Mike Pelfrey, dumb ass play by Jose Reyes, great fucking play by Willie Harris and an over-agressive play by Carlos Beltran were the big points in that Mets loss. Really, Jose Reyes is one the players I love but what in God’s name was he doing trying to go 1st to 3rd on a Sac bunt? Risk far outweigh the reward there, runner on second with one out and David Wright and Carlos Beltran due up, you do not need to do anything extra there.

  2. McCaff says:

    If you told me at the beggining of the season this would be our lineup, i would not have believed you.

  3. Jamal G. says:

    PeteAbe says A-Rod could be in a Yankees uniform on Tuesday and Jorge Posada could start a rehab assignment following the Yankees’ upcoming home-stand. Yay!

  4. TurnTwo says:

    good to see IPK back in pinstripes… now attack the strike zone and make them look stupid!!

  5. Tripp says:

    Giambi over Matsui in the DH?

  6. dave b. says:

    per chad jennings blog, mccutchen is not on his way to scranton at this time.

  7. steve (different one) says:

    Bobby Abreu and Hideki Matsui both have the day off, but why Morgan Ensberg is hitting above the very hot Cano is beyond me.

    ensberg has a career OBP of .400 against LHP.

    i’d imagine the idea is for him to get on in front of Cano.

    i think it’s an ok idea.

    how else are they going to score at the bottom of the order? if Cano gets a hit you have Ensberg, Gonzalez, and Molina coming up behind him.

    if Ensberg was hitting 3rd and Cano 8th, i’d question it. but 6 vs 7? does it really matter?

  8. Ben K. says:

    Nifty play by Eva Longoria down at third.

  9. Ben K. says:

    I don’t think there’s a more annoying stadium in Tampa between the horns and the cowbells. How do the 10 fans put up with it?

  10. Jamal G. says:

    1st HR of the year let up by IPK.

  11. Jamal G. says:

    Gameday had it at the knees ump, asshole. But the ground-out anyways.

  12. Yankee1010 says:

    Kennedy certainly hasn’t gotten the benefit of the doubt so far. Granted, it’s not like he’s a 20 year vet who supposedly has “earned” that right. I don’t know. I guess I’m a sucker for a uniform strike zone.

  13. Mike A. says:

    Nice inning for IPK. The ball Iwamura hit out was at his eyes, most batters woulda taken that pitch.

  14. Joey says:

    according to gameday Kazmir has thrown nothing but fastballs (90-92 mph) Can anyone watching confirm or deny this?

  15. Jamal G. says:

    Little odd, Scott Kazmir is throwing 90-92MPH when h’s supposed to be at 93-95.

  16. Jamal G. says:

    Nice story by Ken Singleton, never knew who Mendoza was either.

  17. steve (different one) says:

    yankees need to get Kazmir out of the game after 6. get that pitchcount up.

  18. Jamal G. says:

    You know IPK actually leads the Yankees rotation in K/9 with 6.08 (Thank You

  19. Link says:

    who is this pitching for the Yankees?

  20. Joey says:

    Jamal, third start since being back from the injury or third start total?

  21. Jamal G. says:

    Nice early start for IPK, he’s thrown 25 pitches with 68% strikes through two frames with a 4-1 GB-FB ratio and a 1:0 K:BB.

    • J.R. says:

      Who would have thought a quarter way through the season the Rays would be leading the Division and the Marlins would have the best record in baseball.

  22. Jamal G. says:

    Anybody as excited as me for that Tampa Bay, Florida match-up?

  23. J.R. says:

    Any idea why Kazmir has thrown 46 of 46 pitches as fastballs?

  24. Mike @ NYYU says:

    Nibble Nibble….same crap.

  25. Link says:

    Johnny Damon flashing that rocket arm..Melky would have speared that dude with the ball lol.

  26. Yankee1010 says:

    Was Damon going for a 7-10 split with that throw?

  27. Link says:

    guess IPK didn’t wake up today thinking he was going to make the Rays look stupid.

    • Ben K. says:

      He’s really not pitching that poorly. Fifth starter against a first place team. It’s just that two runs seems like an impossible deficit these days.

  28. Joey says:

    I was thinking, could we re-post Igawa so the Japanese clubs could bid on him from the Yanks? I’ll take a few sushi rolls and a bottle of watter for him at this point

  29. Jamal G. says:

    There we go IPK, bases loaded and nobody out and he gives up just a Sac fly to Johnny Damon and his “arm”.

    Gotta love it.

  30. Mike R. says:

    Big inning by IPK! Just pretend the bases are loaded to start the next inning.

  31. Link says:

    Florida and NY sure want people to quit smoking…here in VA where alot of Big Tobacco is based you never see anything about quitting lol…

  32. J.R. says:

    Theres the first non-fastball.

  33. Joey says:

    I just saw what Gameday has classified as a “change up” which would be the 1st offspeed pitch of the game for Kaz

  34. Jamal G. says:

    I got a hint for the trivia, fiery Venezuelan.

  35. Link says:

    whats with Jeter and swinging at every first pitch. My fault if I never noticed this before but he hasn’t taken pitches this year at all.

  36. Link says:

    good grief melky!

  37. Jamal G. says:

    He was out, I love the luck.

  38. Mike R. says:

    I’m going to do my best ESPN analyst impersonation.

    Well. A home run here would tie the game, and an out would end the inning.

  39. Jamal G. says:

    Shelley Duncan has been running into some bad luck lately, sucks we couldn’t get the run in though.

  40. Mike @ NYYU says:

    Mike R:

    Thats one of the best “Joe Morgan”s I’ve ever read!

  41. Joey says:

    slider up goes out

  42. Mike A. says:

    THAT … was a spicy meatball.

  43. Ben K. says:

    While the runs are crappy, Kennedy’s approach this time is much better than it was two weeks ago, and I’d rather see this than Kei Igawa any day of the week.

  44. ceciguante says:

    ugh…ian shits the bed again…

    • Ben K. says:

      That’s just incorrect.

      • ceciguante says:

        now i admit i can’t see the game…but i call 4 runs in 4 innings (to the tune of a 9 era so far), including not being able to get out of a 2 out, bases empty inning without turning a 2-0 lead into a 4-0 lead…shitting the bed.

        i’m listening for a counter argument other than “that’s just incorrect” or “i prefer this to igawa.”

        • Ben K. says:

          How about the fact that he’s thrown 66 pitches in 4 innings instead of 102 and 42 have been strikes? How about the fact that he’s walked 1 and struck out 3 and just looks way more comfortable up there?

          When you’re talking about youth and young pitchers who have struggled as recently as two weeks ago, you have to evaluate things differently. This is a marked improvement by Kennedy. The home runs are not ideal, but these things happen. There’s a lot to like here.

        • Ben K. says:

          Also, out of curiosity, if you had no time to actually bother to research your Josh Beckett point — or the info that wouldn’t back up your point — in the other thread, how do you keep having time to comment repeatedly today?

          • ceciguante says:

            that’s a sour grapes response, ben, and wholly irrelevant.

            back to kennedy: you can tell me he’s made some progress from his previous outings because you’re seeing better command and comfort — that’s good to hear. but it doesn’t change the fact that 4 runs in 4 innings (now 5 in 5) is shitting the bed.

            your responses so far consist of :

            –no, it’s not shitting the bed (i wonder then what you DO call shitting the bed)

            –his control and comfort are improved (great, but it didn’t translate into runs)

            –you didn’t cite stats before when you were talking about beckett (huh?)

  45. Joey says:

    so if they have 4 runs which means this game is over, shouldn’t we just forfeit now? We NEED a big inning comeback victory, or Hank batting 4th, let him show us some energy

  46. Jamal G. says:

    Lmao, Shelley Duncan is like “Shut the fuck up dude”.

  47. Jamal G. says:

    Ben, Shelley Duncan does suck but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s had some hard hit outs this past week.

  48. BigBlueAL says:

    another great start for Igawa. oh wait a minute, its Kennedy pitching!!! well then its ok, cause he got out 6 batters in a row earlier in the game, no matter that the immortal Sean Riggans is 2 for 2 with a 2-run HR. let the IPK apologists fire away, because 4 runs in 4 innings is a great job because he is using a great approach!!!

    god damn, cant u guys just admit he has average stuff at best and has been way over-rated by u people. at least Hughes, even if he doesnt throw 95 mph consistantly, has a good fastball and nice curve and has been rated by every publication as a top prospect and is only 21. but im sorry, IPK is a 4th or 5th starter at best, and if he was pitching for another team facing the Yanks, u would say the same thing by watching him pitch.

    • Yankee1010 says:

      Congratulations, BigBlueAL for writing him off so early. Impressive.

      • Rich says:

        Why bother?

        • Jon says:

          Why bother validating his post with a reply?

          I agree.

          • Yankee1010 says:

            Jesus. Settle down, Frances.

            • BigBlueAL says:

              u guys amaze me, u r more loyal to ur stupid prospects than u r to the actual Yankees.

              • Yanks Fan in NY says:

                Just wondering: Is it really that hard to spell you? You’d sound like a way more intelligent person and someone to whom we could actually listen.

                Not that any of your comments have shown an understanding of baseball or developing a future for the franchise, but if you want to be a Baseball Idiot, don’t let me stop you. Just think about writing out two more letters so you don’t sound like a 12-year-old girl.

                • BigBlueAL says:

                  i guarantee YOU i have forgotten more baseball than YOU will ever know. reading stats and all this bullshit YOU guys do isnt knowledge, especially when YOU only use stats that fit your argument. YOU guys just read stats instead of actually watching the freaking games.

                  i dont write off Hughes because YOU can actually see his talent/stuff that has everyone besides Yankees fans say he is a top prospect, but Kennedy is a whole different ballgame. there are alot of non-Yankee people who have said Kennedy is at best a 4th starter, and by actually watching him pitch you would have to agree with that sentiment.

                  but its OK to utterly tear Igawa apart, who at least has a good track record in Japan, but Kennedy gets passes left and right. quite frankly, they both suck and both should be in AAA for the forseeable future. oh im sorry, i didnt capitalize, so disregard everything i wrote…..

                • Rich says:

                  I’m in awe. Seriously.

                • Yanks Fan in NY says:

                  Oh God. Are you one of those “I know more than you because I’m an old man” types? That’s just pathetic.

                  Now, I know I don’t comment around here much but to call this site stats-driven is utterly absurd. These guys know their stats but they hardly use them. If anything, RAB is refreshing because it doesn’t overwhelm you with numbers. Anyone’s who bothered to read this site knows that the guys who run it write as though they actually take the time to watch the games.

                  If you can’t see the differences between Kennedy and Igawa, it’s going to be really hard for anyone to take you seriously as someone who supposedly forgotten more baseball than I will ever know.

                • BigBlueAL says:

                  i aint old at all, im just 27, but ive actually seen/umpired kids who r now top prospects (Robert Andino, Gio Gonzalez, Adrian Cardenas, Chris Marrero) and have talked to alot of people who do this stuff for a living. im not understanding what everyone here sees in Kennedy. i have no problems at all with Hughes, im just talking about this same man-crush on Kennedy as everyone has, rightfully so, with Hughes and Joba. the same way apparently Kennedy is way better than Igawa, STOP comparing Kennedy with Joba and Hughes.

                • Ben K. says:

                  No one here has ever compared Kennedy with Joba and Hughes. It’s not even close. But Kennedy is much better and with a much higher ceiling than Igawa.

                  I played with Pedro Alvarez when he was in 8th grade. I was a senior on the baseball team and Alvarez practiced with us once or twice. It’s always fun to see these kids well before they’re on their way to being stars.

                  All that being said: You two start playing nice.

              • Rich says:

                Um, no. We merely understand that if young players were written off after a month or two of bad performances, many of the better players in MLB history would have never had MLB careers.

  49. Mike A. says:

    I’m offended by that Masa Kobayashi fist pump.

  50. Mike @ NYYU says:

    Its just time to face the facts. They stink. Period.

  51. Mike R. says:

    If the Yankees want to win this game they need to start scoring some runs. The base way to do that is to get on base and drive those guys in. If they can do that enough they could tie or even win this game. :)

  52. A.D. says:

    In all reality it’s not a very good start, but it’s an improvement from before in some respects, and i’ll take it over Igawa

  53. claybeez says:

    Shelley was due.

  54. NYFan50 says:

    Kennedy may have given up 5 runs but at this point, down 5-0, I don’t see why they don’t keep him out there another inning. He’s not even at 80 pitches, and it’s not like the Yankee bats have any shot of making this a game the way they have been hitting lately.

  55. Link says:

    hey at least IPK pitched 5 innings lol. Now who looks stupid?

  56. claybeez says:

    I feel like burning a large % of this lineup in effigy. Other than that, anyone know a good Medicine Man?

  57. Mike A. says:

    I wonder if Rays’ fans bitch as much about Longoria as Yankee fans do about Kennedy….

    • Ben K. says:

      Nah. No one expects the Rays to win while everyone expects the Yanks to go 162-0. There’s no room to develop the future. We must win every single game now.

    • Mike R. says:

      I’d bet dollars to donuts that they don’t. Their ten fans are very educated in the player development process.

  58. Rich says:

    If the Yankees’ offense ever reverts to the level it was at last season, I think every starter on the staff could approach the game differently.

  59. Link says:

    Anybody know what Robbie would have to hit to get back to .300?

  60. J.R. says:

    Move shelley to first, ensberg to third and abreu to right?

  61. Art Vandelay says:

    Don’t look now but Hawkins has actually been pitching pretty well of late, and hasn’t given up an ER in a while. Granted, Girardi doesn’t use him often, but I, for one, haven’t written him off just yet. His start was horrendous (and I thought I remember Ben saying that they should DFA him or execute him or something), but I think he has the chance to right the ship and be a useful bullpen arm.

    • Ben K. says:

      Guilty as charged.

      Although I’d still rather see his roster spot go to someone more deserving and with a higher ceiling.

      • Art Vandelay says:

        Fair enough. With so many young pitchers out there, though, at least with Hawkins you know more of what you’re going to get. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’d like to believe that Hawkins is actually more capable of getting bit league hitters out than the Edwars of the world. Also, I’m not sure which of these guys have such high ceilings such that their being pushed out now is really such a big deal. As we all know, the real high-ceiling guys aren’t quite there yet, i.e. Cox, Robertson, Melancon, Horne, etc.

  62. Rich says:


  63. Rich says:

    Unlucky on BABIP.

  64. Mike A. says:

    Mental note: Just take a flop as a hitter, and the pitch will be called a ball, even if it’s right over the plate.

  65. Link says:

    A Giambi homer there could have been a ‘seminal moment’ there but ah well they still have a chance in this game…let’s go yan-kees clap clap clap-clap-clap lol…

  66. J.R. says:

    Wait who will play first now? Damon?

  67. Link says:

    Bullpen on point tonight.

  68. Mike A. says:

    Well, at least the bullpen did it’s job.

  69. Link says:

    Tomorrow’s another day…*praying we rock Johan to stop the inevitable coulda been stories*

  70. Josh says:

    IPK=AAAA pitcher. I hate to say it, but I’m beginning to believe it. He’s the 2008 version of Tyler Clippard.

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