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.