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A starting pitching leaderboard that doesn’t feature Roy Halladay

Jun 17, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

Ian Kennedy AP

Because of a J.J. Putz blown save, Arizona’s Ian Kennedy was denied a win last night despite holding the Giants to just an unearned run over eight innings. I noticed afterwards that it was the fifth time already this season that Kennedy has pitched at least eight innings and allowed one or no runs. As it turns out, that’s tied for the major league lead.

Here’s the pitchers with the most starts fitting those two qualifications (8 or more IP, 0 or 1 runs allowed):

5 – Cole Hamels, Kennedy, Kyle Lohse, James Shields
4 – Jaime Garcia, Cliff Lee, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver
3 – Bartolo Colon, Yovani Gallardo, Carl Pavano, Anibal Sanchez, Carlos Zambrano

And still no Roy Halladay. He’s had just two, those coming back-to-back against the Padres and Mets at the end of April. He’s had three starts in which he’s pitched at least eight innings and allowed two runs and two more in which he’s come out after seven scoreless innings.

Josh Beckett, the major league leader in ERA, has also had two. He’s lasted eight innings in only three of his 14 starts.

Jair Jurrjens, the NL ERA leader, has had one.

Kennedy has quietly been outstanding for the Diamondbacks this season. In all, he’s allowed one run or fewer eight times in 14 starts. Still, he hasn’t gotten a lot of hype. Giving up nine runs to the Cardinals in his third start of the year has left him with an inflated ERA that he only finally managed to bring under 3.00 with last night’s performance. However, he’ll deserve All-Star consideration if he keeps this up.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Meh…nobody is invited to ALL the parties…but the Phightins are well represented nonetheless.

    • genuinejake - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      Does that mean that the Doc is, dare-I-say-it, “HUMAN?!”

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:40 PM

        Nope—just that he realizes the appearance of said humanity is more important.

  2. kopy - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Henceforth known as a Super-Quality Start.

  3. aceshigh11 - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    That’s an impressive stat.

    I wonder if the Yankees are regretting not hanging onto Ian Kennedy.

    I realize he is pitching in a far less competitive, and less offense-oriented, division, but given their recent shortages, I bet he’d come in handy seeing as how he’s matured into a serviceable starter.

  4. xmatt0926x - Jun 17, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Kyle Loshe?? There’s a name I didn’t expect to see at the top. Is it his contract year?

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