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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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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

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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

Ian Kennedy was tagged for five runs in six innings by the Angels on Monday.

Kennedy had allowed just one homer in three starts this season before Albert Pujols took him deep twice tonight. The four walks and two hit batters didn't help, either. Kennedy's next start will come Sunday in Seattle.
Apr 26 - 1:25 AM

Ian Kennedy allowed a lone run on two hits over seven strong innings in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Astros.

Kennedy tossed five hitless innings before a Carlos Gomez single in the sixth broke up his very early bid for history. Jose Altuve later made sure Kennedy wouldn't even get a shutout for his efforts, ripping a solo shot over the wall for the Astros' only run. Kennedy punched out seven while walking two in the start. He's certainly made the Royals look smart for bringing him in this past offseason, as he is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 14 strikeouts through 13 2/3 innings thus far. Another test will come Wednesday when the Royals take on the Tigers.
Apr 14 - 11:00 PM

Ian Kennedy tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his Royals debut Saturday, helping shut out the Twins 7-0.

Kennedy allowed five hits and a walk, striking out seven in the victory. It was a reassuring outing after hamstring tightness pushed back his debut. Kennedy will look to keep rolling Thursday at the Astros.
Apr 9 - 10:54 PM

Ian Kennedy (hamstring) expects to take his first turn in the Royals' regular-season rotation.

That would be next Tuesday afternoon against the visiting Mets. Kennedy was lifted from his final Cactus League start on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness, but he told reporters afterward that it's nothing serious -- "more of a cramp" than a strain. The right-hander finished Cactus League play with a 6.30 ERA in 20 innings. He is a risky fantasy bet for the 2016 season despite scoring a five-year, $70 million free agent contract from the Royals back in January.
Mar 30 - 5:56 PM

Ian Kennedy was pulled from his final Cactus League start Wednesday due to hamstring tightness.

It's being called a precautionary move, but if Kennedy suffered a hamstring strain his first scheduled turn in the Royals' regular-season rotation could be in jeopardy. The right-hander gave up two earned runs in three innings Wednesday before exiting and will finish Cactus League play with an ugly 6.30 ERA. He signed a five-year, $70 million free agent deal with Kansas City in January.
Mar 30 - 4:07 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
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
6Chris Young
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Dillon Gee
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins