Ian Kennedy SP KC 2 days ago

Kennedy earned his third win of the season Sunday against Seattle, allowing just one run with six strikeouts and two walks over five innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kennedy was knocked around in his previous start, but he bounced back and was effective Sunday, although his elevated pitch-count truncated what could have been an even better outing. The Red Beard still has an excellent 2.61 ERA and a useful 8.4 K/9 rate on the season, and he will look to keep it rolling Saturday versus Cleveland.

Ian Kennedy SP KC 1 week ago

Kennedy (2-2) allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks over six innings in Monday's loss to the Angels.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kennedy had a great 21:5 K:BB before walking four against just two strikeouts in Monday's rough outing. He induced just six swinging strikes in 108 pitches. Kennedy got touched up for a pair of home runs as well after allowing just one in his first three starts. Still, he owns a sharp 2.77 ERA and 1.12 WHIP thus far.

Ian Kennedy SP KC 2 weeks ago

Kennedy (2-1) took the loss against Detroit on Wednesday despite allowing just two runs while striking out seven over 6.1 innings. He gave up six hits and two walks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Neither Royals fans nor fantasy owners were terribly excited about the five-year, $70 million contract that Kennedy signed this offseason, but he's off to a shining start to the year. The veteran righty's recorded exactly seven strikeouts in all three of his starts while allowing only 13 hits and three runs in 20 innings. No, he's not suddenly a star on the mound, but the early returns suggest Kennedy could be in for his finest campaign since 2011.

Ian Kennedy SP KC 3 weeks ago

Kennedy picked up his second win of the season Thursday, throwing seven innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts against two walks. His lone earned run came on a Jose Altuve home run in the seventh inning.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kennedy picked up where he left off from his first start, striking out seven batters and keeping base runners to a minimum. As is the norm with the Royals, excellent defense, most notably a phenomenal catch by Alcides Escobar, helped Kennedy's cause Thursday. Although it is very early in the season, Kennedy is pitching much more like 2014 form (3.63 ERA, 13 wins) than his 2015 vintage (4.28 ERA, 9-15 record). A combination of solid defense, good run support, and improved overall performance makes Kennedy a candidate for a bounce back year in 2016. He's scheduled take the ball next on Wednesday when the Royals host the Tigers.

Ian Kennedy SP KC 3 weeks ago

Kennedy (hamstring) has been confirmed as Saturday's starter against the Twins, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kennedy's hamstring pull towards the end of spring training delayed his first start of the season, pushing him from Game 2 on Tuesday back to Saturday's matchup with the Twins. He'll have the fortune of not having to face the likes of Miguel Sano or Byron Buxton, but Minnesota manager will try to exploit Kennedy by using several left-handed bats in the lineup Saturday.

Ian Kennedy SP KC 1 month ago

Kennedy told Jeff Flanagan of MLB.com that his left hamstring is approaching 100 percent health. "Not all gone there but really close," Kennedy added.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Removed from his last spring start Wednesday due to tightness in the hamstring, Kennedy's season debut was tentatively pushed back to April 9 versus the Twins following an evaluation of the injury. The Royals appear to be exercising the utmost caution in order to avoid a long-lasting concern, though a bullpen session is sure to occur in the near future as a test of his health.

Ian Kennedy SP KC 1 month ago

Kennedy (hamstring) will likely have his first start of the season pushed back to Saturday, April 9 against the Twins, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kennedy was initially penciled in as the Royals' number two starter, but a hamstring injury late in spring training has forced manager Ned Yost to adjust his rotation. He was set to test out his hamstring earlier Friday, according to Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio, and he was confident going into the workout that he would be able to make his scheduled start Tuesday. However, either his hamstring is still not at 100 percent or the Royals are exercising extreme caution with their new starter because Chris Young is set to start Tuesday. Provided that Kennedy makes it through the next week with no setbacks, he should be on the hill for the first Saturday of the season.

Ian Kennedy SP KC 1 month ago

Kennedy (hamstring) will be evaluated on Thursday, after manager Ned Yost said that the Royals don't think it is very serious, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kennedy was pulled from Wednesday's spring training start due to a tight left hamstring. Before he exited the game, Kennedy gave up two earned runs in three innings. Last season, the 31-year-old started 30 games for the Padres and finished with an ERA of 4.28 and a WHIP of 1.30. Kennedy doesn't believe that this injury will jeopardize his Tuesday start, and stated that it feels different than the hamstring injury that forced him to miss time in 2015.

Ian Kennedy SP KC 1 month ago

Kennedy was abruptly pulled from Wednesday's spring training start thanks to a tight left hamstring, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kennedy has been having a tough spring thus far, but had been pitching well enough on Wednesday, giving up two earned runs in three innings while striking out four. It's unclear as to the severity of Kennedy's injury, but the team seemed to believe this was a precautionary move and not anything serious.

Ian Kennedy SP KC 1 month ago

Kennedy gave up three runs over four innings but had six strikeouts in Sunday's spring training loss to the Cubs. Despite a 4.85 ERA this spring, manager Ned Yost said he wasn't worried. "He's a refined strike thrower and his command has been off a little bit. But you see it getting polished up every time out," Yost told MLB.com.

Competitive Edge Analysis

We wouldn't be too worried about Kennedy's spring stats since he's a veteran with a set spot in the rotation. Kennedy disappointed with a 4.28 ERA last year despite playing in Petco Park, but he did have a 9.3 K/9. He gave up 31 home runs last season, so moving to cavernous Kauffman Stadium could help him rebound.