Ian Kennedy Bust; But Gardner Has Potential

Jared HoodContributor IMarch 9, 2009

On Mondays Grapefruit league game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees hoped to pick up the W with Right hand hopeful Ian Kennedy. Instead, they picked up the L thanks to his 5 hit, 5 earned run 2.2 inning spout.

The Yankees lost with a final of 6-2. Kennedy's ERA for today's game, a wonderful 8.22! If you can't sense the sarcasm, then you may not understand where Ian Kennedy stands in the eyes of Yankee fans.

The Yanks, looking for a division clenching 09' season after last years injury ridden season, hope to get it done with better pitching this year. If Cashman would have pulled the trigger the Yankees bullpen would have been looking at C.C. and Santana. Instead we're looking at Ian Kennedy... ugh.

The despair should not set in, when Cashman failed to "cash in" (no pun intended) on Santana, we didn't really know Tex and C.C. were lined up to start. If we look, C.C. was a free agent, maybe money was the issue and they couldn't afford Santana.

Either way with his dismal performance so far, Ian Kennedy looks as though he belongs in a AAA club again, or lower.

The good news, in a strong finish the left handed veteran Andy Pettitte came up big with a 1 2/3 innings shutout with only one hit and back-to-back strikeouts. It just  goes to show you, Pettitte still knows the mound.

In other preseason news, Brett Gardner is proving he may be able to hold up to the pressure in the Center Field spot. Don't get me wrong, I like Melky, but I feel Gardner may be a better fit in the lineup.

Gardner hit his third preseason round-tripper today, a two-run shot accounting for the only two RBI in the game.

It may only be preseason, but I'm feeling a little more confident in Brett Gardner's abilities. It will be interesting to see how he holds up in a seven month American League drama.