SB Nation's national baseball guru, Rob Neyer, penned an in-depth look at Ian Kennedy and his chances of winning the 2011 Cy Young Award. Take it away, Rob.â†µ
Is Ian Kennedy A Viable Cy Young Candidate? - Baseball Nationâ†µ
Wins might matter, though. Kennedy's got 17, Halladay 15 (and Kershaw 16). If one of these guys goes crazy and wins 21 or 22 while the others stall out, that might carry the day.
Kennedy might get a little extra credit for pitching well down the stretch, especially if the Diamondbacks manage to pull off their unlikely worst-to-first campaign in the National League West.â†µ
Is Ian Kennedy likely to win the Cy Young Award? No. Is he a viable candidate? You bet your sweet bippy he is.â†µ
There's much, much more in Neyer's article so check it out. While you are there leave a comment politely reminding that he failed to mention IPK's awesome red "nerf" beard during the entire article.