Ian Kennedy went 7 2-3 innings last night and allowed one run on seven hits and struck out 11, improving his record to 19-4 in what’s been a spectacular season for the 26-year-old. But deserving of the NL Cy Young award or even in the conversation? That’s patently stupid. The only reason Kennedy’s name is “surfacing” for the award is due to the aforementioned 19 wins to just 4 losses and, to a certain degree, the unexpected feel-good leap he’s made this season. He’s barely cracking the top 10 in nearly all significant pitching categories and the best thing he has going for him is that he’s fifth in strikeouts. It’s also worth noting Kennedy has the same number of complete games and shutouts as Jason Marquis: 1. Nice season for sure, but let’s reserve slots in the verbal orgy for the more deserving parties.
O’s 5, Yanks 4 ,10 innings — Scott Proctor: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Are any other Yankee fans as embarrassed as I am to see this mess once again wearing pinstripes? If he throws one pitch in the postseason, Joe Girardi should be airlifted out of the stadium and dumped into the Hudson River.
Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 4 — The Red Sox have lost six of their last eight. Even worse, John Lackey pitches tonight. Is there reason to panic? The answer is no. Boston is still the best team in the AL.
White Sox 8, Indians 1 — Remember when the Indians were 30-15? Neither do I. They have fallen to 70-71. Feel free to make noises with your armpits.
Mariners 4, Royals 1 — Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer, so there is hope, Seattle fans. But we all know you’re longing for what could have been with the great Jesus Montero.
Phils 7, Brewers 2 — Cole Hamels went the distance with his only mistakes coming on two solo shots. On behalf of the American League, can someone at least make the road to the World Series somewhat challenging for the Phillies? Thanks much.
Braves 6, Mets 5; Braves 5, Mets 1 — In Game 1, Chris Schwinden allowed five runs in five innings. The fallout from this one was an obvious and universal question of… who in the hairy hell is Chris Schwinden? And after a 3-for-5 afternoon, Freddie Freeman went 0-for-4 with a walk in Game 2,. He was as displeased as he was on picture day.
Dodgers 7, Nats 4, Care Factor 0 — In lieu of discussing a game no one cares about, here are the opening lyrics to the theme song from Growing Pains, a touching ballad that could very well serve as the glue that holds these two franchises together:
Show me that smile again. (Show me that smile)
Don’t waste another minute on your cryin’.
We’re nowhere near the end (nowhere near)
The best is ready to begin.
Oooohhh. As long as we got each other
We got the world spinnin right in our hands.
Baby you and me, we gotta be
The luckiest dreamers who never quit dreamin’.
[Kennedy photo via Getty]