Hasta La Vista, Ian

August 9, 2008 – 10:03 am

Los Angeles 10, NYY 5. Some day Ian Kennedy might turn out to be a top-notch pitcher, but it’s pretty clear he’s not near ready for prime time right now. Hopefully that was his last start in the majors this year. He was basically throwing BP for the Angels last night, allowing LA to go 9-for-15 with three doubles. And it’s not like LA is an offensive powerhouse, currently 8th in the league in BA and runs scored. But what is more disturbing is Kennedy’s attitude. During the broadcast, Ken Singleton mentioned some of the players thought that he came to the big leagues with somewhat of an arrogant attitude. If that’s the case, one would think that his first two months performance — 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA — that, along with being shipped back to the minors for two months would have taught him some humility. But apparently not, based on his post-game comments. It will be interesting to see what the Yankees do with the kid. If the problem really is mental, how does parking him at Scranton help? His numbers there were excellent — 46 IP, 2.14 ERA, .180 BAA. He’s clearly mastered that level, but needs to learn how to pitch at the major league level. But the Yankees certainly can’t afford the cost of the lessons.

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