Ian Kennedy: Yasiel Puig plays with a lot of arrogance

Miguel-Montero-Yasiel-PuigLos Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig made a rookie mistake on Tuesday night when he tried to score from first on a dropped fly ball to center in the top of the 5th. The relay throw from Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius beat Puig by several steps, and all Puig could do is try to collide with catcher Miguel Montero to jar the ball loose.

It didn’t work, and Puig was called out. Montero even gave him the finger wag as if to say “not in my house.” After the game, D-Backs pitcher Ian Kennedy had some words for Puig.

“He plays with a lot of arrogance,” Kennedy said, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. “He’s young.”

While the collision wasn’t necessarily dirty, Puig ran through a stop sign from the Dodgers third base coach. The coaches are there for a reason. They can see what’s going on in the field of play better than someone who is rounding the bases, so it’s best to heed their advice. The fact that Puig chose not to listen is probably what inspired Kennedy to call him arrogant.

Ian Kennedy misses start after injuring finger doing the dishes

Ian-Kennedy-DiamondbacksIan Kennedy was scheduled to start on the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, but plans changed when he lost a fight with a kitchen knife. According to FOXSportsArizona.com’s Jack Magruder, Kennedy suffered a laceration on the inside of his right index finger while he was doing the dishes earlier this week.

When asked about hurting himself while helping out around the house, Kennedy was understandably embarrassed.

“There is no cool story to it,” he told Magruder, noting that the injury happened on Thursday. “It is kind of embarrassing, Cleaning a knife.”

Accidents happen, and Kennedy can rest assured knowing he is hardly alone. Pitchers cut their hands trying to do everyday things more often than you might think. Two seasons ago, Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson had to miss time after he sliced his finger while using a pair of scissors. About a month later, Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil injured his hand while cleaning out a basic household appliance.

Unfortunate? Yes. Unheard of? Not at all.

Who Gave Ian Kennedy a First-Place Vote for the Cy Young Award, and Why?

See, it’s not just players and fans who can’t be trusted to vote well when it comes to awards — it’s the media too.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw deservedly won the NL Cy Young Award by a large margin, capturing 27 of the possible 32 first-place votes. Phillies ace Roy Halladay finished second. I had just assumed that Doc took all the other first-place votes since the race was considered to be between those two pitchers.

However, the gents at Hardball Talk pointed out that someone gave Ian Kennedy a first-place vote. They say it’s John Moffei of the North County Times (a San Diego newspaper). Moffei confirmed to us over email that he voted Kennedy first, and he explained his decision to LBS.

“I looked at him and Kershaw very closely. Kershaw is a great pitcher and deserved the award, but he pitched on a team that was brutal the first half of the season and so was he. He pitched great down the stretch when the race was already over. He was 8-0 against the Padres and Giants, two of the worst-hitting teams in baseball.

“I thought Kennedy’s consistency over the course of the season, pitching in a hitter-friendly ballpark on a team that was in the pennant race edged Kershaw by the narrowest of margins.”

Kershaw had a 4.31 in April, but we wouldn’t consider that “brutal” the way Moffei termed it. Kershaw was excellent in May, and pretty much unbeatable the final three months of the season. Still, his point about Kennedy’s consistency is fair.

Although Kennedy had a very good season — he went 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA — Kershaw, Halladay, and even Cliff Lee were superior in almost every regard. The only area where Kennedy was better than those players was record (and Kershaw was 21-5). Kennedy allowed more runs in fewer innings than any of those pitchers, and he had more walks and fewer strikeouts. They were all better pretty much across the board. Here are the stats:

The only good thing I can say about this decision, is at least it wasn’t as bad as the guy who voted Brett Favre for NFL MVP in 2007 over Tom Brady.