j.j. putz

All he needed was a beard. Kennedy shrugs off early career collapse, first NL pitcher to win 20 games in 2011

In great fashion, too. And I’m not talking about the beard.

Kennedy deserved the win, throwing eight innings of one hit ball, while striking out 12 batters on one walk. J.J. Putz closed out the game to save a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

You can always count on the Pirates to make you look like Superman. Pop the Pirates Pill, throw like Halladay. 

Kennedy’s Cy Young worthy season has made him the best piece acquired in a three-team blockbuster deal that saw Max Scherzer and Austin Jackson moving to Detroit and Curtis Granderson going to the Yankees. Somewhere along those lines was Edwin Jackson, who pitched a no-hitter for Arizona before eating a magic mushroom and turning into Daniel Hudson, the two in the Dbacks one-two punch.

Wow, and we all thought Arizona lost big in that trade. They like, lost Scherzer to facilitate a deal. Someone has got to hire Josh Byrnes again. But it makes too much sense, so the Chicago Cubs won’t do it.