Ian Kennedy finally appears to be living up to expectations for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Chris Johnson is surely blowing them away.
Kennedy looks to extend his personal winning streak to five games while Johnson attempts to continue his offensive barrage Wednesday night when the Diamondbacks face the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Kennedy (10-8, 4.15 ERA) finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting last year, going 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA while Arizona (56-54) won the NL West. The right-hander, however, has struggled to build on his breakout season in 2012, and that's partly why the Diamondbacks are third in the division, four games behind first-place San Francisco.
Lately, Kennedy is doing his part to change that, winning four starts in a row behind a 2.54 ERA after going 1-3 with a 5.84 ERA over his previous six.
He was solid again Friday, yielding two runs in six innings of a 4-2 win at Philadelphia.
"That's all I ask," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Give us a chance to win the game."