Ian Kennedy has pitched in 13 games for the Yankees. He is 1-4 with a 6.14 ERA. In 57.2 innings, he has allowed 63 hits and 40 earned runs.
He’s a finesse pitcher on the small side who was a high pick in the draft and now people think he’s a bust.
There’s was a finesse lefty on the smallish side who was a high pick in the draft back in 1984. His first 13 games? 2-7 with a 5.16 ERA. In 75 innings he allowed 78 hits and 43 earned runs. Everybody thought he was a bust, too.
His name was Tom Glavine. He now has 305 wins, a World Series ring and will be elected to the Hall of Fame just as soon as he’s eligible.
No, I’m not saying Ian Kennedy is going to be Tom Glavine. I am saying that 12 games and 58.2 innings are not enough to judge him on. Yes, he said something stupid the other night. You never said something stupid when you were his age?
People who have never met Ian think he’s some kind of jerk. One rabid e-mailer just informed me that Ian is “clearly a loser.” Another criticized him for getting married during the playoffs last season. Never mind that those plans were made a year ahead of time before he had picked up a ball for the Yankees.
Just calm down. Joe Girardi will talk to Kennedy and tell him why what he said was wrong. Dave Eiland, Rafael Chaves and Nardi Contreras will coach him up. I bet Mike Mussina pulls him aside for a chat. Or maybe Andy Pettitte will handle it.
I have no idea whether he’ll be any good or not. But let’s give him a chance.
New York baseball fans are supposed to be smart. Smart baseball fans don’t overreact to small sample sizes.
You wanted them to develop prospects? This is what it’s all about. For every game where Joba sticks it to the Red Sox at Fenway, you get somebody else getting knocked around in Anaheim. It’s all part of the process.