Oct 1, 2011; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (left) is taken out of the game by manager Kirk Gibson (23) in the seventh inning of game one of the 2011 NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

D-Backs Officially Name Ian Kennedy Opening Day Starter

For the second season in a row, Kirk Gibson has named right handed starter Ian Kennedy as the Diamondbacks opening day starter.

While it was a surprise last year that Gibson handed Kennedy the ball to start the season, this year it comes as no shock to

anyone.  Kennedy rewarded Gibson’s faith in him last season by rolling to a 21-4 record with a 2.88 ERA.  After a mediocre first season in Arizona, it appeared that the Diamondbacks got the short end of the 2009 three way deal that also included the Tigers and Yankees.  However, Kennedy rebounded with one of the greatest season by a starter in the Diamondbacks 14 year history.

In other Kennedy news, he is also apparently willing to begin discussions for a long-term deal with the Diamondbacks.  The extremely affordable Kennedy made just $423,000 in 2011 and is arbitration eligible after this season.  If he is able to produce a similar season this year, he stands to get a hefty payday in arbitration after this season.

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  • The5_5Hole

    Not much of a surprise here.  The question is, can he repeat his 2011 season or will be back slide?

  • detsportsczar

    Yes, that and how Trevor Cahill performs are probably the two biggest questions surrounding the D-Backs this year. Not many unknowns at all.