Arizona Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy Will Make His Case for NL Cy Young

Matt BowenAnalyst IIAugust 18, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 16:  Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy #31 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on July 16, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ian Kennedy looks to get the Arizona Diamondbacks back to their winning ways tonight in Philadelphia.

Wednesday night the Philadelphia Phillies ended the team's seven-game winning streak, beating the Diamondbacks 9-2.

Kennedy seeks his NL-leading 16th victory tonight. 

With a win, Kennedy proves himself as a worthy Cy Young recipient. The baseball world will be waiting to see if Kennedy is up to the task of defeating the formidable Phillies.

Taking the rubber match on the road against the best team in baseball would look good on Kennedy's resume.

Kennedy himself heads into the game with a seven-game winning streak. He has won every start he's made since the All-Star break.

Certainly beating the Phillies—who strike fear in opponents—would bring Kennedy the attention he merits.

Kennedy will have the tough task of defeating Phillies rookie sensation Vance Worley. The young stud is 8-1 on the season and is 6-0 in his last 10 games.

Worley fits right into the Phillies rotation, completing a dominant set in the Philadelphia stable. He'll be mentioned for NL Rookie of the Year at season's end. Although he may not win, Worley has been phenomenal. 

Sure, Kennedy may not lead the NL in any other major statistical category—he's not even in the top 10 in most—but the 26-year-old pitcher just keeps winning.

He's 15-3 with a 3.12 ERA and 142 strike outs.

Kennedy hasn't allowed more than three earned runs during his seven-game winning streak. He certainly puts the Arizona Diamondbacks in a position to win every time he takes the hill.

Bottom line is Kennedy is the best pitcher on the best up-and-coming team. This Diamondbacks team seemingly came out of nowhere this year.

The team currently leads the NL West by 2.5 over the San Francisco Giants.

For this, Kennedy garners consideration for the NL Cy Young.   

Kennedy will have his hands full tonight as he heads into the belly of the beast. The Philadelphia Phillies will not go lightly.

Ian Kennedy has the opportunity to give the Cy Young voters firm evidence to why he's deserving of the prestigious award.

Baseball fans, this is a must see. Be sure to tune in.