Ian Kennedy
SP KC
6 hours ago

Kennedy (6-9) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five innings in a loss Monday against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy didn't allow a home run for the first time since May 30, but it didn't matter. He didn't have his control and was constantly pitching from behind (12 first-pitch strikes to 25 hitters). His 26 home runs allowed are still the most in the major leagues, two clear of both Cleveland's Josh Tomlin and Toronto's R.A. Dickey, and for that reason, it remains next to impossible to trust him in any given start.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
5 days ago

Kennedy (6-8) allowed seven runs on six hits, struck out eight and walked one over 4.1 innings in a loss to Indians on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

It was feast or famine for Kennedy on Wednesday. Eight of the 13 men he retire were via the strikeout, but he also yielded four homers. Kennedy has now allowed 15 bombs in the last 50 innings. Even before Wednesday's start, the right-hander had the highest HR/9 rate in the league. Kennedy hopes to put an end to all the long balls in his next start against the Angels on Tuesday.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
1 week ago

Kennedy (6-7) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three over 5.1 innings, but received no decision Friday at the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy gave up a lead-off homer to Ian Kinsler, but then blanked the Tigers until his departure after reaching the 100-pitch mark with one out in the sixth inning. Although he left the game with a 1-0 lead, the Royals' offense got him off the hook for a potential loss by scoring a pair of runs in the sixth inning. He's now held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in three of his last four starts, and his ERA is at 3.86 on the year. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Indians.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 weeks ago

Kennedy (6-7) allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out ten over six innings, but earned no decision Wednesday at the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy gave up single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but while he was busy striking out 10 hitters, his pitch count crept over 100, forcing him from the contest. After struggling over his first three starts in June, he's now allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his last three outings to lower his ERA to 3.97 on the year. His next start will be after the All-Star break.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 weeks ago

Kennedy (6-7) fanned eight and gave up six hits, three earned runs and three walks over five innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy notched 11 swings-and-misses and pitched generally well, but couldn't notch his third victory in four starts. The 31-year-old did post his second-best strikeout total over the last eight trips to the mound, but also gave up a homer for the sixth straight outing. He'll try to get back in the win column next Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
1 month ago

Kennedy (6-6) allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings to earn the win Sunday against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy left the contest with the game tied at one, but the Royals' offense came up with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to get him the victory. This was the first quality start he's thrown in five starts this month, and he has a 3.96 ERA to go along with a 1.18 WHIP. He'll make his next start Friday at the Phillies.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
1 month ago

Kennedy (5-6) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts over four innings in a loss Tuesday to the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy was pitching fine, but with one out and two on in the fifth inning and the Royals trailing by one, Ned Yost decided to go for it and pinch-hit with Kendrys Morales. The decision backfired, as Morales flied out and both runners were stranded, and this loss will likely leave a sour taste for Kennedy as a result. Both his runs allowed came on home runs, and he is lucky to have just a 4.19 ERA considering he has now allowed 18 homers in just 14 starts this season.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
1 month ago

Kennedy (5-5) picked up the win against the Indians on Wednesday despite allowing four runs in 6.2 innings. He gave up five hits and two walks while striking out six.

EDGE Analysis

It's funny how much a swing or two can change a pitcher's game stats, and a pair of two-run homers by the Indians did just that to Kennedy. Fortunately, he had plenty of offensive support to work with. On the darker side of things, Kennedy has now given up a patently ridiculous eight homers and 16 runs in his last three outings; in this context, his career-long vulnerability to the long ball should have most mixed-league fantasy owners looking away.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy allowed just one unearned run on three hits and five walks with six strikeouts over six innings Monday against the Rays in a no-decision.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy picked up his first quality start in four outings, dating back to May 7 against Cleveland. The Rays used a patient approach, as they took 63 of his 107 pitches. They weren't able to make much of their few swings, as Kennedy didn't allow an extra-base hit. And he continues to miss bats -- he drew 11 swinging strikes, the seventh time in 10 starts he has gotten double-digit whiffs. He now owns a 3.03 ERA to go with his slick 59:23 K:BB in 59.1 innings.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 3.1 innings in a no-decision Monday over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy's start was interrupted by a rain delay. Although he came out to pitch after the delay, Kennedy said a long inning after the delay in which the Royals scored four runs was a factor in his early exit. He had recovered well from a rough first inning which included a Joe Mauer home run and induced a whopping 13 swinging strikes in just 73 pitches. Given the obstacles Mother Nature threw at Kennedy in this start, it's best not to read too much into it.