June 22, 2011 16 Comments
Let’s just look at the pitching matchup here:
Ian Kennedy, 7-2 with a 2.98 ERA. He should have had the win last week, but ended up with a no decision, so technically 7-2.
Jeff Francis: 3-7, 4.83 ERA.
Ian Kennedy: one ugly game with nine earned runs back in April, but in his 15 starts, 12 games with three or less earned runs.
Jeff Francis: In his 15 starts, nine games with three or less earned runs.
Ian Kennedy: Strikeouts: 85
Jeff Francis: Strikeouts: 43
Ian Kennedy: One of the 15 starts, pitched four innings or less (April 13 vs. St. Louis)
Jeff Francis: Three of the 15 starts, pitched four innings or less (April 22 at Texas, April 27 at Cleveland and June 16 at Oakland).
Ian Kennedy: History against KC: no decision in September, 2007. Pitched five innings, allowed seven hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out two.
Jeff Francis: Started against Arizona six times, is 0-5 with a no-decision. Last start against the Diamondbacks: September 23, 2010, pitched 3.2 innings, allowed six hits, including a home run, three earned runs, three walks and four strikeouts in the loss. The pitcher that started for Arizona? Ian Kennedy.
This is the second game of a three-game series in Kansas City. The Diamondbacks took the first game last night, 7-2. Don’t be shocked if they take this game, too.
Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks