For the first time since April 7, 2010, Ian Kennedy took the mound not sporting an Arizona Diamondback jersey. The right-hander was traded from Arizona to the San Diego Padres before the trade deadline last week, in a deal that sent reliever Joe Thatcher, minor league reliever Matt Stites and a compensatory-round draft pick to the D-Backs.
IPK faced the New York Yankees in his Padres debut on Sunday afternoon. In 5.2 innings, the 28-year-old allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six, earning the victory in a 6-3 win. He improved to 4-8 on the season and lowered his ERA 5.14. While it is still early, it seems as though the change of scenery may have been just what the former 21-game winner needed. Kennedy’s last win as a D-Back came on June 1 and had lost four out of his last five starts as a member of the Snakes.
At one point during his career in Phoenix, Kennedy was considered an ace. Yet, he simply was not getting it done anymore and GM Kevin Towers decided to go in a different direction, adding current and future bullpen depth. The Arizona Diamondbacks have two remaining series’ against the San Diego Padres, and it will be very interesting to see how Kennedy does against his former team.