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August 4, 2008 at 5:00 am ET
Time for Kennedy to get another shot

I will admit up front I did not see Sunday’s thrilling 14-9 come-from-behind victory by the Yankees over the Angels. The golf course was calling my name, and I listened.

Anyway, there is one thing about Sunday’s game I can comment on. It absolutely has to be Darrell Rasner’s last start. It’s time for Ian Kennedy to get another chance.

Since a 3-1 start in May, Rasner has gone 2-7 with a 6.55 ERA. The Yankees can’t keep running him out there if they are going to catch Tampa Bay in the AL East, or Boston in the wild-card chase.

Kennedy was, admittedly, horrible (0-3, 7.41 ERA) before going on the disabled list. The Yankees have been in no rush to bring him back, partially because they wanted to see him pitch better and partially because they seemed to feel the need to humble Kennedy just a bit.

Whatever the reason, Kennedy has allowed just four earned runs in his last 27 minor-league innings. In seven games at Scranton, he has a 2.61 ERA. It seems to me that Kennedy has gotten the message, and those numbers indicate that he needs to get a shot at replacing Rasner. Now.

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6 Responses to “Time for Kennedy to get another shot”
  1. B.E. Earl says:

    I’m not sure why they haven’t given the chance to Dan Giese. 3 scoreless innings in relief bringing his ERA to 2.51 in 32.3 innings for the Yankees and 4-2 in 13 games (10 starts with one complete game) for Scranton with a 1.98 ERA!

    Just one bad start against the Mets in June, and he seems to be out of the equation. I dunno.

  2. Jeff says:

    Don’t agree with you on this one, Ed. Kennedy is still rehabing in A ball and only has his pitch count up to 50. He needs at least two more weeks to get his pitch count up and see how he does against some AAA hitters…same thing with Pavano. In 2 weeks I think one of them will get a shot, until then it should be Dan Giese, IMHO.

  3. Ed Valentine says:

    Jeff, I think you are thinking of Phil Hughes. Kennedy has made seven starts at AAA Scranton. As for Giese he didn’t do well in his one start. He is a journeyman type a lot like Rasner and the recently traded Jeff Karstens. He’s doing well in his limited role, but you have to remember this guy is a 31-year-old (I believe) and I think the Yankees feel they are getting everything out of him he has to give already.

  4. Jeff says:

    Gotcha….well then, that’s a horse of a different color. By all means get his ass to NY to replace Rasner ASAP. I hear what you are saying about Giese, too. If it aint broke don’t break it.

  5. FrankDiscussion says:

    I’ll pass on Kennedy, we’ve been down this road before, he dominates in AAA and when he is called up he can’t make it out of the third inning. I’ll agree that it is time to replace Rasner, I’d rather wait for Hughes, as he is being called up to Scranton this week. Perhaps I’m wrong, I’d like to see IPK pitch more aggressively and stop nibbling, maybe it is time to give him another shot, albeit on a short leash.

  6. Ed Valentine says:

    Frank, I agree that Hughes is a better prospect than Kennedy. However, do you really want to watch 3-4 more starts by Rasner. He’s been terrible for two months.

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