After playing a significant role in Arizona's NL West championship run a year ago, Ian Kennedy will try to help the Diamondbacks achieve a more modest goal this season.
The right-hander will try to deliver a winning season for his team while earning a fifth consecutive victory Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies.
Kennedy's 21-4 record in 2011 left him in a tie for the NL wins lead. He also posted a 2.88 ERA and struck out a career-high 198 while helping Arizona finish 94-68.
Kennedy (15-11, 4.16 ERA) couldn't replicate that performance this year, but he has won nine times over his past 14 starts. Those victories have helped give the Diamondbacks (81-80) a chance at back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time since 2007-08.
"Winning never gets old," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Kennedy is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA over his last six starts, beating the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Friday despite issuing a season-high six walks. He became the fourth pitcher in franchise history with 15 or ...