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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 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

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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

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.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 02:08:00 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.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 04:48:00 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.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 02:02:00 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.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 05:58:00 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.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 09:47:00 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.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 11:18:00 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.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 12:04:00 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.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 11:07:00 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.
Mon, Aug 7, 2017 10:58:00 PM

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3Cam Gallagher
4Meibrys Viloria
5Juan Carlos Negret
1B1Brandon Moss
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Raul Mondesi
2Ramon Torres
3B1Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Paulo Orlando
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Sam Gaviglio
7Wily Peralta
8Eric Skoglund
9Trevor Oaks
10Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Brandon Maurer
3Ryan Buchter
4Kevin McCarthy
5Brian Flynn
6Miguel Almonte
7Andres Machado
8Eric Stout
9Timothy Hill
10Michael Broadway