The Arizona Diamondbacks had high expectations that Ian Kennedy would be able to replicate his 2011 season. Kennedy was one of the main reasons why the Diamondbacks were able to win the NL West division in 2011. Kennedy was coming off a 2011 season in which he had a breakout year. Kennedy had an ERA that was 2.88, to go along with a WHIP of 1.08. Kennedy led the National League in wins with 21, and was first with a winning percentage of .844. In the 2011 season, he pitched like he was the ace of the staff for the Diamondbacks. He gave the team a chance to win every time he took the mound to pitch.
Kennedy had a sub-par season in 2012 when compared to how he pitched in 2011. Kennedy ended the season with a 15-12 record, and an ERA of 4.02. The big issue for Kennedy was that in the 2012 season he gave up more HRs than he did in 2011. This caused his ERA to jump up to a full run higher than it was in the previous season. He surrendered up 29 HRs in 2012, as opposed to just 19 HRs in 2011. Kennedy not only gave up more HRs, but he also gave up more hits in 2012 as well. He also gave up 216 hits to opposing teams in 2012, but just 186 hits in 2011. The more hits he gave up also lead to more stressful innings that he had to endure.
The Diamondbacks finished the season at .500 with an 81-81 record. The main reason for this can be attributed to how the pitching staff performed. The pitching staff was inconsistent, and the team did not have an ace they could rely on to stop losing streaks during the season. Kennedy will be expected to pitch better in the 2013 season. If Kennedy does have a bounce back season the Diamondbacks will contend for a playoff spot in 2013.
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