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Ian Kennedy | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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 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. Sep 19 - 9:58 PM

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Ian Kennedy will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Kennedy was scratched from his last scheduled start due to shoulder fatigue, but he's feeling better now. The change will push Sam Gaviglio to Sunday against the White Sox.
Sep 19 - 2:08 PM

Ian Kennedy (shoulder) will not make his scheduled start Wednesday against the White Sox.

Kennedy had to leave his outing last Friday with tightness in his pitching shoulder. It doesn't appear at this point that there's worry he might have structural damage, but the Royals will give him a little break. Eric Skoglund will start Wednesday in his place.
Sep 11 - 4:48 PM

Ian Kennedy left Friday’s start against the Twins after three innings with right shoulder tightness.

Kennedy allowed three runs on four hits (including a homer to Eddie Rosario) and one walk through three innings. He was pulled at 55 pitches. Kennedy said after the game that’s unsure whether he’ll be able to make his next start.
Sep 9 - 2:02 AM

Ian Kennedy allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Twins.

Kennedy was victimized by some bad defense in this one, with Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez, and Alex Gordon all committing errors in the field. And yet the Royals still managed to pull out a 5-4 victory at Target Field. Kennedy tallied just one strikeout, though he also issued just one walk and held the host Twins to five hits. The right-hander will carry a 4-10 record and 5.37 ERA into his next start at home against this same Twins team.
Sep 3 - 5:58 PM

Ian Kennedy said Friday that he's unlikely to opt-out of his contract after the season.

Kennedy was pretty candid about it, stating "It would be pretty stupid if I did" when asked about his decision. The 32-year-old hurler is entering the third year of a five-year, $70 million contract and owns a bloated 5.47 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 112/54 K/BB ratio in 130 innings on the year.
Sep 2 - 9:47 AM

Ian Kennedy was pounded for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Rays on Monday.

The Royals probably can't demote Kennedy while Danny Duffy is out, but he seems deserving at this point. He ends August having allowed 28 earned runs in 26 1/3 innings for the month.
Aug 28 - 11:18 PM

Ian Kennedy fell to 4-9 after allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings Friday against the Indians.

Kennedy has given up 18 earned runs in 19 innings this month, pushing his ERA back over 5.00 for the first time since mid-June. It sure doesn't look like he'll be opting out of the final three years and $49 million in his Royals contract at season's end.
Aug 19 - 12:04 AM

Ian Kennedy struck out seven batters and turned in a quality start but did not earn a decision against the White Sox on Saturday.

He gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu burned him for a pair of solo home runs. Kennedy has not been able to repeat the success of his first season with the Royals in 2016. He has a 4-8 record with a 4.80 ERA in 22 starts.
Aug 12 - 11:07 PM

Ian Kennedy surrendered seven runs -- six earned -- over six innings Monday in a loss to the Cardinals.

The game was tied 1-1 leading into the top of the fourth, when St. Louis exploded for six runs on a single, a double, two walks, a home run, and two Kansas City errors. Kennedy has struggled badly in his last two starts and now stands 4-8 with a 4.83 ERA over 113 2/3 innings this year. He'll get the White Sox on the road next time out.
Aug 7 - 10:58 PM

Ian Kennedy lasted just four innings Tuesday, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in a loss to the Orioles.

Kennedy has been on a roll of late, but he didn’t have it in this one. The veteran righty needed 92 pitches to get through his four frames, recording just two strikeouts. He’ll take on the Mariners at home over the weekend.
Aug 1 - 10:17 PM

Ian Kennedy took home an easy win by allowing one run in six innings during a 16-2 smoking of the Tigers on Wednesday.

The game was actually pretty close while Kennedy was pitching. He left with a 4-1 lead then watched from the dugout as his teammates turned the game into a laugher in the late innings. Kennedy allowed just three base hits and two walks while striking out four in the contest. He improves to 4-6 with a 4.43 ERA in 19 starts.
Jul 27 - 1:00 AM

Ian Kennedy was tagged for six runs (five earned) over four innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday.

It was his shortest outing since May 31. The big blow was a bases-clearing triple from Yoan Moncada in the third inning. Kennedy came into Friday’s outing with four straight starts of at least six innings and three earned runs or fewer allowed. He’ll try to get back on track next week against the Tigers on the road.
Jul 22 - 1:07 AM

Ian Kennedy yielded two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Kennedy coughed up solo gopher balls to Drew Robinson and Mike Napoli in the contest. Those were the only runs the right-hander allowed on the afternoon. He finished up his 6 2/3 innings of work having struck out six and walked one. Up next on the docket, a home start against the White Sox. Kennedy will bring a 4.32 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into that affair.
Jul 16 - 5:30 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed three runs over six innings, striking out seven, in a no-decision Saturday against the Dodgers.

It looked like things might get away from the right-hander after he gave up a two-run home run to Joc Pederson in the second inning and surrendered a run in the third as well, but he settled down to keep the Dodgers off the board for the rest of his time. He finished with seven hits and a walk allowed. He's now rattled off three consecutive quality starts to close out the first half, lowering his ERA to 4.45 with a 1.17 WHIP. Kennedy will look to keep that momentum going when the second half starts up next Friday.
Jul 9 - 12:34 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Raul Mondesi
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ramon Torres
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Melky Cabrera
2Brandon Moss
3Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Jake Junis
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Mike Minor
6Scott Alexander
7Peter Moylan
8Neftali Feliz
9Kevin McCarthy
10Brian Flynn
11Miguel Almonte
12Mike Morin
13Trevor Cahill
14Andres Machado