Tell me again, why all the Kennedy venom?

by on September 25, 2008 · 8 comments

Put aside for a minute the fact that he wants to be traded (or for that matter, thinks he’s a tradeable commodity at this point).

Adam Kennedy had another ho-hum two-for-four last night with one run batted in.  The effort raised his season batting average to .271.

Sure, he’s not hitting for power, as his .347 slugging percentage pretty clearly indicates.  Sure, his on-base percentage is low, at .314 on the year.

These numbers are not that wildly different than his career line of .275/.327/.387.  He’s hit for more power over his career, mostly doubles and triples while playing for the Angels.  Yet, despite “being in the doghouse” for the better part of two seasons, Kennedy is performing at a level that suggests he’s aging a bit, but putting up what I would call expected numbers.

Clearly, I wouldn’t call a .656 OPS with average defense the answer that Cardinal fans have been looking for at second base.  However, is it Kennedy’s fault that he is playing the way his career numbers indicate we should have expected?

Rather, blame Walt Jocketty for extending him on a three-year contract.  Blame the horrendous 2007, shortened by injury, that definitely got him off on the wrong foot in St Louis.

Maybe even blame the manager for not getting the guy more at-bats this season, so as to get him into a bit more of a rhythm?  Kennedy has had one bad month this season (May), and one mediocre one (September).  The others have been, again, right up his alley career-wise.  He’s been over .300 batting in each of April, June, and August.

I dunno, maybe I’m just too beat up from watching the struggles this month to spew any more venom toward this team.  Maybe I’ve gone soft on Kennedy based upon the assumption that he’s not likely to be with the Cardinals next season, whether by trade or outright release.  Maybe it’s just that tiny little piece of my heart that I still hold out for Kennedy because of his role in the Jim Edmonds trade all those years ago.

Now, I’m not saying that Kennedy is the answer at second, or that he should be so bombastic with his trade requests and feuds with Tony LaRussa.  But I understand…

Writing about the Cardinals and other loosely associated topics since 2008, I've grown tired of the April run-out only to disappoint Cardinal fans everywhere by mid-May. I do not believe in surrendering free outs.
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