Ian Kennedy is a serviceable #4-#5 starter.
Kennedy is a back-end starter, who thus far has had a good bit of luck in 2010, and has looked like a #3 or better. His 3.58 ERA masks a 4.73 FIP, not least of all due to a low BABIP of .261. That basically means he’s had more balls hit at defenders than the average pitcher, and indicates a non-sustainable ERA. ZiPS, for example (one of the better projection systems) thinks that he’ll put up an ERA of over 5 for the rest of the season. I’m not that bearish on Kennedy—after all, he averaged almost 10 strikeouts per 9 innings through the minor leagues—but he’s due for a dip.
Austin Jackson is not ready for the major leagues yet.
I know, that’s crazy talk, right? This guy has a .374 wOBA, is batting over .330, heck, he’s even stealing bases at a reasonable clip (6 for 7 so far this season). Unfortunately, his batting average on balls in play is an outrageous .459.… Click here to read the rest