One of the best pitchers in the National League a little more than a month ago, Joe Kennedy hasn’t won a game since.
Kennedy will try to end a six-start winless streak, and bounce back from some tightness in his left shoulder when the Colorado Rockies resume a three-game series with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Kennedy, signed to a one-year contract in December after spending his first three years with Tampa Bay, opened the season 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts. However, Kennedy is 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA since May 5.
On Friday, the left-hander yielded two runs and three hits in three innings before walking off the mound with some shoulder stiffness in the Rockies’ 13-7 loss to San Francisco.
“They were coming out expecting me to throw 90, 91, 92,” Kennedy said. “So I knew I could go one time through the order, if I hit my spots, without getting into trouble. Once I got around once and they knew 81-82 was my fastball, they’d be able to hit that a little better.”
Kennedy said he felt better Saturday, and didn’t report any discomfort during a bullpen session, clearing the way for him to start against the Yankees on Wednesday.
Javier Vazquez retired his first 13 batters and pitched into the eighth inning Tuesday as the Yankees opened the series with a 2-1 victory—their 12th win in 14 games. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances, helping New York improve the majors’ best record.