lol. His personality reminds me of moose...
So much for lacking confidence. Ian Kennedy sounded Tuesday night like a man who desperately wants another crack at big league hitters.
Two outside opinions of Kennedy's outing, one that puts it very simply and another that goes into a big more detail.“I’m trying to say it humbly, but it doesn’t matter what I say, it’s going to come out cocky,” he said. “You just know. I woke up today and told my wife, I just have a feeling I’m going to make these guys look stupid.”
No hitter through 5.2 innings. Eight strikeouts without a walk. Struck out the last three batters he faced. Seems like he knew what he was talking about.
A lot of what Kennedy said after the game focused on the fact that he felt something like this coming. He felt better his last two starts and after sending the side down in order the first two innings on Thursday, he thought that would be the start that broke him out of his funk.
“It felt like it was getting better and better the last two outings, and then I got called into the office and told I was coming here,” Kennedy said. “I knew it was time, one of these times it was going to come out and I was going to have an outing like this, because I know it’s in me.”
Kennedy's best pitch tonight was his changeup, which is how he got his last two strikeouts, but he also showed great confidence in his fastball, pounding both sides of the plate.
“I just felt like I could do no wrong,” Kennedy said. “Whether it was 2-0, I didn’t care, I could place a fastball away. I’ve been working on it every start, getting my mind set in the big leagues. I felt like I was getting better and better every time. It just led up to this. It was inevitable for me to do well. It was just a matter of time.”
Talking to him, I got the feeling Kennedy believed he would have had a night like this regardless of where he pitched. He woke up today expecting to make hitters -- any hitters -- look stupid. He was going to have a good night here or in the big leagues. He just happened to be here.
I asked if tonight's performance, and the obvious swagger that came with it, were mearly a result of Kennedy coming to a level where he knew he could dominate:
“It’s not so much here, it’s that I know what I can do," he said. "That was the main thing I was battling with (in New York). It goes back to trying to be too perfect. You’re giving them too much credit in the big leagues. These guys in Triple-A aren’t much different. They could be big leaguers tomorrow, and some of them have played in the big leagues. It’s not so much the hitters, it’s myself.”
He certainly looked like a guy who can pitch in the big leagues, which is to say he looked more like himself.
“I felt really good waking up today and thinking, it was different today,” he said.
Nardi Contreras: "That was a better game tonight than any game he pitched here last year."
Brian Cashman: “He was terrific, and he was going in the right direction his last start especially, against the Tigers. To mentally regroup, come down here and take care of his business like he knows he can, and like he has the ability to do, was also a great sign. He knows he’s got to work through it and we’re going to wait for him in New York. He’s going to have to get the job done to get there, but we’re waiting on that. We know what he’s capable of doing. It’s just a matter of getting all his pitches going in the right direction and pounding the zone with them, and letting the rest take care of itself. And he did that tonight.”
lol. His personality reminds me of moose...
Someone gets it.Wow. In Ian Kennedy's first start after heading back to the minors, he gives up one hit in seven-plus innings. Also: eight strikeouts and no walks. In Kennedy's best start with the Yankees this spring, he lasted six innings, struck out four and walked two. I know a lot of the wags will suggest that Kennedy has simply proved that he's a 4-A pitcher, but I don't believe that. He's just a young pitcher, like so many young pitchers before him, who struggled initially upon facing the best hitters in the world.
I just don't think a AAA start deserves to be hyped to the extent you are doing. Good to see he did well though.
As for the other side, I've been seeing nothing but "Pelfrey is better than Hughes/Chamerlain" and "Maine is better than Wang" threads.
Yeah, we're the crazy ones.
(On a side note, note that Yankees fans compare their players to where they stand relative to MLB standards, whereas the Orange Clown Brigade compares where their guys are relative to the Yankees' guys. More evidence of "The Truth")
Last edited by JetPotato; 05-07-2008 at 01:43 PM.
The Maine-Wang discussions are absolutely based on the fact that if Wang doesn't have his good sinker in a big spot/post season series, he has nothing to fall back on to gut out the 6 innings that teams need thier #1 or #2 SP's to do in a big game. Wang during the regular season is incredible.
And save the roll eyes and crazy ones stuff. Do you ever have a actual baseball point?