From the Bullpen by Mark Mayer | Just as the Mets are paying the price for dealing Scott Kazmir to Tampa Bay, so may the Yankees for keeping Ian Kennedy instead of Jeff Karstens.
Karstens went to Pittsburgh as part of the six-player deal that sent Xavier Nady to the Yankees. Nady has been fine, but so has Karstens who in 15 innings has yet to allow a run and took a perfect game into the eighth inning against Arizona.
Which brings up the legitimate question of why Karstens was kept in the minors and Kennedy called up? Ian is still very young, but so far his results are at best lousy. Kennedy is 0-4 with an 8.17 ERA plus has missed considerable time with injuries.
Also catching our eye is journeyman righty Paul Byrd. This was a horrible pitcher most of the season for Cleveland, which lost in 14 of his 18 starts. That, along with the injury to Jake Westbrook, may have triggered the CC Sabathia deal to Milwaukee. After all, Cliff Lee and his brilliant 16-2 record cant handle it alone.
But, Byrd has either found Jesus or location. Cleveland has won his last four starts by scores of 5-2, 5-0, 5-1 and 4-2 the last against Toronto and past Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. Byrd figures to start next at Jacobs Field later this week against Baltimore.
Has Oakland gone in the tank or what? Heres the run production in a 1-12 dive: 2, 2, 3, 1, 2, 2, 1, 3, 1, 4, 4, 2, 1. Ouch!