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Ian Kennedy | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Ian Kennedy took his second loss of the season on Wednesday by allowing six runs in five innings to the Blue Jays.
To be fair to Kennedy, only four of the runs were earned, and he did strike out six. Still this is a bit of a clunker for the right-hander, especially considering how well he had pitched in his last few outings. He still holds a shiny 2.35 ERA despite the struggles against the Blue Jays. We'll see Kennedy back on the mound against the Brewers on Tuesday. Apr 18 - 7:22 PM

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Ian Kennedy held the Angels to one run over six innings but took a tough-luck loss Thursday.

Kennedy served up a leadoff homer to Ian Kinsler -- Ian on Ian crime -- and that ended up being all it would take to saddle the right-hander with his first loss of the year. That's a tough pill to swallow, but the larger takeaway is that the 33-year-old has been terrific through three starts, posting a 1.00 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 16/4 K/BB ratio over 18 innings of work. Tough losses borne out of anemic run support may be a reality with which Kennedy has to live this year, but he'll look for a better result Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Apr 13 - 12:28 AM

Ian Kennedy fired off six innings of scoreless ball in Saturday's win over the Indians.

Just a lovely start from Kennedy, who fanned eight while allowing a mere four hits over his six innings of work. He ended the afternoon having thrown 101 pitches (75 for strikes). In his first two starts of the year, the veteran right-hander has been on point -- he allowed just one run on four hits over six innings against the White Sox in his 2018 debut at the end of March. Kennedy is looking to bounce back from a rough 2017 campaign in which he posted a 5.38 ERA in 30 starts. He'll try to keep things going in the right direction in a home showdown with the Angels in his next scheduled outing.
Apr 7 - 7:11 PM

Ian Kennedy pitched well in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, allowing one run on four hits over six innings while taking a no-decision.

Not the most dominant of outings, but a perfectly fine way to open the 2018 season for Kennedy. He fanned five and walked two in the outing, with the lone run to touch home during his time on the mound coming on an RBI single by Matt Davidson in the first inning. The veteran right-hander struggled to a 5.38 ERA across 30 starts last season, but is capable of an ERA closer to the high 3.00's if the season breaks right for him. He'll try to build on Saturday's opener in a road date with the Indians next time he takes the ball.
Mar 31 - 10:21 PM

Ian Kennedy struck out eight, allowing one run over five innings Sunday against the Cubs.

Kennedy gave up five hits and walked two, but the headline here is the eight punchouts. He's been a guy who can put up strong strikeouts numbers in his career, owning a lifetime 8.3 K/9 ratio, but after a small dip last season it's good to see him back at it this spring. The 33-year-old will finish with 23 strikeouts in 18 spring innings, posting a 2.50 ERA in Cactus League play. He's an AL-only league option and could be in play as a dart throw in very deep mixed leagues for that strikeout potential.
Mar 25 - 6:22 PM

Ian Kennedy delivered another strong Cactus League start on Tuesday, striking out five over four-plus innings of one-run ball in a victory over the Giants.

Kennedy scattered five hits and a walk on the evening. The only run charged to him came home on a ground ball after Kennedy had departed in the fifth inning. The 33-year-old hurler owns a 2.77 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio over 13 innings in Cactus League play. He'll get one final tune-up before the regular season begins.
Mar 21 - 12:28 AM

Ian Kennedy pitched well in a no-decision against the Cubs on Wednesday, allowing just one run on two hits over four solid frames.

The veteran right-hander walked two and punched out three on the afternoon. So far, so good, for Kennedy this spring as he sports a 3.00 ERA and 10/4 K/BB ratio in his first nine innings. He could be worth a look as a flier in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 14 - 8:11 PM

Ian Kennedy tossed three scoreless frames in his start against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

It’s worth noting that the Diamondbacks didn’t have their heavy hitters in the lineup. Kennedy is coming off a rough 2017 where he posted a career-worst 5.38 ERA over 30 starts. He’s allowed at least 30 homers in three straight years. So just keep that in mind if you are looking to stack some hitters in daily formats.
Mar 9 - 8:24 PM

Ian Kennedy racked up five strikeouts over his two innings of work against the White Sox in Cactus League play on Saturday.

He also allowed a pair of runs on three hits and a walk, so it wasn't all great for the veteran right-hander. Remember, he's still owed $49 million over the next three seasons from the Royals.
Mar 3 - 6:54 PM

Ian Kennedy will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract.

Kennedy had stated earlier in the season that it would be stupid to opt out of his contract, given the way he was pitching, and now it's official. He'll remain with the Royals and earn $49 million over the next three seasons.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 12:26:00 PM

Ian Kennedy won his regular-season finale after throwing five innings of one-run ball Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Kennedy struck out seven in improving his record to 5-13. Even with the victory tonight, Kennedy's total is still the fewest wins for a pitcher in a season of at least 30 starts since Kevin Millwood went 4-16 for the Orioles in 2010. Kennedy can opt out of the final three years and $49 million in his five-year contract this winter, but it's safe to say he will not go that route.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 11:46:00 PM

Ian Kennedy gave up five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the White Sox.

Kennedy's problems started early in this one, with Avisail Garcia belting a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first inning. Kevan Smith then went deep for a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth. Kennedy surrendered seven total hits and issued two walks while falling to 4-13 on the season. He'll finish up with a start at home against the Diamondbacks.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:58:00 PM

Ian Kennedy will start Sunday in Chicago versus the White Sox.

There had been some question about whether Kennedy was going to be able to make the start because his wife gave birth on Friday back in Kansas City, but all is well. The right-hander worked five-plus innings, allowing just two runs, in his first start back from a shoulder injury Tuesday versus the Blue Jays.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 04:26:00 PM

Ian Kennedy's scheduled start for Sunday versus the White Sox is up in the air after his wife gave birth Friday.

If Kennedy rejoins the team Saturday, he will start Sunday. If he doesn't, Sam Gavliglio seems likely to fill in. Kennedy holds a 5.39 ERA over 28 starts this season.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 05:48:00 PM

Ian Kennedy pitched five-plus innings and allowed two runs Tuesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Kennedy did his part tonight after missing his last start with shoulder fatigue, but there wasn't much run support to be had against Marcus Stroman. Most likely, Kennedy will make one more start next week, but it will depend on how he feels physically after this one.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 09:58:00 PM

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