While the Arizona Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy is undefeated since late August, he suggests he's yet to really find his groove this season.
The Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper appears to have found his.
Seeking a 10th consecutive winning decision, Kennedy looks to slow down Harper as the visiting Diamondbacks and NL East-leading Nationals conclude a three-game set Thursday night.
After posting a 6-0 record over his final seven starts last season, Kennedy is 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA through five turns in the rotation in 2012.
Though he's off to the best start of his career record-wise, opponents are batting .299 against Kennedy - significantly higher than the .227 he limited them to last season.
The right-hander had a difficult time hitting his spots during Saturday's 3-2 walk-off loss at Miami, yielding one run, seven hits and three walks over 6 1-3 innings. Kennedy had issued fewer than three free passes in each of his previous 12 starts.
"Definitely, the whole night was a battle ...