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Ian Kennedy | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / NYY
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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."
Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it. Jul 28 - 10:31 AM

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Ian Kennedy was shelled for seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

Cleveland went off for four home runs against Kennedy, with Mike Napoli, Jason Kipnis, Tyler Naquin, and Carlos Santana all getting in on the act. Naquin then homered again off Royals reliever Peter Moylan. Kennedy had been in a decent groove, but his ERA jumped from 3.86 to 4.28 on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City. A matchup at home against the Angels is next.
Jul 20 - 5:34 PM

Ian Kennedy held the Tigers to one run in 5 1/3 innings but had to settle for a no-decision on Friday.

He gave up four hits and walked two while striking out three. The lone run scored on a solo home run by Ian Kinsler. The strong effort lowers his ERA to 3.86 on the season. He gets the Indians next on Wednesday.
Jul 15 - 11:30 PM

Ian Kennedy pitched well in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, striking out 10 batters in six innings while allowing two runs on four hits.

He concludes the first half of his season with a 6-7 record, 3.97 ERA, 103 strikeouts and 33 walks in 99 2/3 innings. Kennedy has been burned by the longball this year, having already allowed 21 in his 16 starts.
Jul 6 - 10:05 PM

Ian Kennedy wasn't at his best in Friday's loss to the Phillies, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings.

On the plus side for fantasy owners, he did punch out eight on the night while walking three. Odubel Herrera got the scoring started for the Phillies, blasting a leadoff home run to start the ballgame. Now 6-6 on the season, Kennedy will carry a 4.04 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into Wednesday's tough matchup against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Jul 1 - 10:16 PM

Ian Kennedy fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Royals' 6-1 defeat of the Astros.

Kennedy dominated in what might have been his best start in a Royals uniform, yielding just three hits and a walk while striking out 11. The one run he gave up came on an Evan Gattis solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. Kennedy now stands 6-6 with a cool 3.96 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 85/29 K/BB ratio 88 2/3 innings this season, and he has a nice matchup next week in Philly.
Jun 26 - 5:00 PM

Ian Kennedy was given just four innings Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits in a loss to the Mets.

Kennedy wasn't pitching poorly, but Royals manager Ned Yost saw an opportunity to produce some offense in the top of the fifth inning and pinch-hit for Kennedy. He did allow two home runs before exiting, giving him 18 home runs allowed in 14 starts this year. The right-hander has a 4.19 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in his first year with KC. He'll hope for a longer leash Monday against the Cardinals.
Jun 21 - 10:40 PM

Ian Kennedy had a game to forget on Friday, losing to the White Sox while getting hammered for seven runs (all earned) on the strength of four home runs in 5 2/3 innings.

It was chuck 'em and duck 'em for Kennedy tonight. The ball was flying out of U.S. Cellular Field. The game featured seven home runs combined between the two squads. Kennedy managed to strike out only one batter, but walked only one as well. His ERA climbed from 3.44 to 4.06 because of the bad game. He will look to get back on track versus Corey Kluber and the Indians on Wednesday at home.
Jun 11 - 1:44 AM

Ian Kennedy surrendered five earned runs and took his fourth loss against the Indians on Saturday.

Kennedy was rolling right along until the sixth inning when the Indians smacked a pair of two-run homers. Kennedy gave up eight hits but struck out six and walked only one. The Royals’ righty entered the game with a sparkling 3.03 ERA but it now sits at a more pedestrian 3.44 after 10 starts.
Jun 5 - 12:15 AM

Ian Kennedy surrendered only one unearned run and three hits over six innings but took a no-decision Monday against the Rays.

Kennedy was in line for the win until Kelvin Herrera blew the lead in the eighth. The Royals then pulled ahead in the bottom of the frame. Despite not allowing any earned runs, Kennedy was a bit shaky in this one. He struck out six batters, but issued five free passes. His wildness led to burning 107 pitches in only six innings. Kennedy will take an excellent 3.03 ERA into his next start Saturday in Cleveland.
May 31 - 12:13 AM

Ian Kennedy was charged with two runs over 3 1/3 innings and took a no-decision in Monday's 10-4 win over the Twins.

Kennedy gave up five hits, walked one and struck out three. He remained in the game after a 41-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning but wasn't in there for long. The right-hander has scuffled a bit the last few times out but still sports a nice 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 53/18 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings. He'll get the White Sox over the weekend.
May 24 - 12:45 AM

Ian Kennedy had the strikeout working in Wednesday's no-decision against the Red Sox, whiffing nine batters while allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Kennedy was rocked for seven runs by the Yankees last time out, but he managed to keep the molten hot offense of the Red Sox in check on Wednesday. The 31-year-old right-hander surrendered an RBI single to David Ortiz in the fourth and a solo homer to Chris Young in the fifth to account for the runs on his line. With this outing in the books, he holds a 3.24 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 50/17 K/BB ratio across 50 innings. He will take to the road for a date with the Twins next time he toes the rubber.
May 18 - 4:40 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed seven runs, including three home runs, over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

Five of the Yankees' seven runs came by way of the long ball, as Kennedy gave up just five hits in all. He did walk three while fanning six in the outing. The loss was his third of the season, dropping him to 4-3 with a 3.25 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 41/16 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings overall. He'll next take on the Red Sox on Tuesday.
May 12 - 10:18 PM

Ian Kennedy kept the Indians off the scoreboard for seven innings, striking out six, in Saturday's 7-0 victory.

Kennedy allowed four hits and walked two on the afternoon, but he didn't allow any of those baserunners to cross home plate. Outside of one poor start in late April, Kennedy has been stellar in his first year with the Royals, owning a 4-2 record, 2.13 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 35/13 K/BB ratio over 38 innings. He's got a date with the Yankees in the Bronx on tap for Thursday.
May 7 - 7:48 PM

Ian Kennedy picked up his third victory of the season on Sunday, punching out six over five-plus innings of one-run ball against the Mariners.

Kennedy scattered four hits on the day while walking two. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Chris Iannetta in the sixth inning. Kennedy has been as advertised thus far for the Royals, registering a 2.61 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 29/11 K/BB ratio across 31 innings. He'll look to continue that dominance when he does battle against the Indians in Cleveland on Saturday.
May 1 - 8:25 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Brett Eibner
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Chris Young
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins
9Brian Flynn