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Ian Kennedy 4th In 2011 NL Cy Young Voting

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Ian Kennedy finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting, the best performance by a Diamondback since Brandon Webb came second after the 2008 season. Kennedy received one first-place vote, but got most of the fourth-place ones, and came in behind winner Clayton Kershaw (who got 27 of the 32 available first-place ballots), Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. Here's the full voting:

Pitcher, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers 27 3 2 207
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies 4 21 7 133
Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies 5 17 9 1 90
Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks 1 3 6 18 3 76
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies 2 13 17
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants 1 5 7
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers 1 3 5
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants 1 1 3
John Axford, Milwaukee Brewers 2 2
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves 2 2
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants 1 1
Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants 1 1

Kennedy had a sterling 21-4 record during the 2011 season, giving him a Win Percentage of .840. That was the best figure in the National League by a qualifying pitcher, since Mike Hampton went 22-4 for the 1999 Houston Astros. Kennedy became the fourth pitcher in Diamondbacks history to reach the twenty-win mark, following Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in both 2001 and 2002, and Brandon Webb in 2008. Here's where Kennedy's numbers for the year stood in the National League:

  • Wins: 21 - =1st (with Clayton Kershaw)
  • ERA: 2.88 - 7th
  • WHIP: 1.086 - 6th
  • IP: 222 - =5th (with Daniel Hudson)
  • SO: 198 - 8th
  • K:BB: 3.60 - 7th
  • ERA+: 137 - 5th
  • bWAR: 5.5 - 4th
  • fWAR: 5.0 - 7th

Kennedy's season peaked with two brilliant performance, both of which merited a Game Score of 91, tied for the 10th-best single game in Diamondbacks history. On April 25th, he pitched a complete-game shutout against the team who would go on to post the best record in the National League, holding the Phillies to three hits, while walking none and striking out 10, as he out-dueled Cliff Lee. And on September 19th, he one-hit the Pirates for eight innings, striking out 12 in a 1-0 Arizona victory. Given the caliber of the opposition, the former game was likely his best outing of the year - here are the video highlights.