Ian Kennedy
SP KC
6 days ago

Kennedy allowed four runs -- two earned -- on three hits and three walks while striking out four batters through just 4.2 innings during Wednesday's win over Boston. He didn't factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old veteran is having a rough season and is struggling to move the fantasy needle. He owns a 4.95 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 7.6 K/9, and his 5.60 FIP suggests the troubles are likely to continue for Kennedy. He projects to face the Tigers at Comerica Park in his next start.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 weeks ago

Kennedy (1-6) picked up his first win of the season Friday against the Angels, allowing one run on two hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked one.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy finally got the proverbial monkey off his back, earning a win for the first time since September of last season. He retired the first 17 batters he faced, carrying a perfect game into the sixth, before serving up a home run to Cliff Pennington. The right-hander's ERA (5.03) is still somewhat troubling.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 weeks ago

Kennedy (0-6) pitched six innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in a no-decision Saturday in San Diego.

EDGE Analysis

A nine-run eighth inning saved Kennedy from beginning the campaign 0-7. Even with a favorable matchup against an anemic Padres offense, the veteran couldn't find a way to capture that elusive first win. The 32-year-old's 5.40 ERA is his worst mark for any season with 10-plus starts, and his 49:28 K:BB screams trouble. Kennedy's next chance to chase down a win will be at the Angels on Friday.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 weeks ago

Kennedy (0-6) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four batters over five innings during Monday's loss to Houston.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty has now allowed 23 runs over 19.1 innings through his past five starts for a 10.24 ERA and 1.76 WHIP. His 5.63 FIP further highlights his struggles. Kennedy's track record suggests there could be potential for a rebound stretch, but it's probably wise to take a wait-and-see approach in all fantasy settings. A date with San Diego at Petco Park is up next for the 32-year-old veteran.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
4 weeks ago

Kennedy (0-5) lasted just three innings, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four Tigers in Wednesday's loss.

EDGE Analysis

After an impressive opening month to the season (2.30 ERA), Kennedy's follow-up was a nothing short of a major letdown. The right-hander averaged 3.2 innings while posting an 11.30 ERA over four May starts. His latest month also brought on a hamstring injury that required a short DL stint. Kennedy's looked much different since returning from the ailment, allowing 14 runs on 10 hits (four home runs) and eight walks over just 10 innings (three starts). Needless to say, the 32-year-old will be happy to flip the calendar to June. His first start of the new month won't be easy, though, as Kennedy draws the Astros -- MLB's best team thus far -- on Tuesday.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
1 month ago

Kennedy allowed four earned runs on three hits and two walks in a 6-4 win over Cleveland on Friday. He struck out four and didn't factor in the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy was removed after just five innings and 88 pitches in this contest. He ran into trouble in the third inning, when he gave up three of his four runs on a pair of singles. It wasn't the sharpest outing for Kennedy, who is still looking for his first win of the season; he'll get another shot at it next Wednesday at home against Detroit.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
1 month ago

Manager Ned Yost said he removed Kennedy after two innings Sunday to keep the right-hander an option for Thursday in New York, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dodd also reports that Nathan Karns (elbow) is likely headed to the DL, meaning the Royals will need adjust the rotation for the coming week. Whether Kennedy starts Thursday against the Yankees, or Friday against the Indians, he's got a tough assignment on tap. Over the past three seasons, the 32-year-old has faced off against those teams eight times. Kennedy is 2-5 with a combined 5.94 ERA in those starts. An injury update on Karns is expected early in the next day or two, and news on Kennedy's assignment should quickly follow.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
1 month ago

Kennedy allowed five runs on three hits and three walks across just two innings in Sunday's loss to the Twins. He struck out one.

EDGE Analysis

Making his first start in 17 days after recovering from a hamstring injury, Kennedy allowed a pair of two-run home runs in the first inning and another run in the second on an RBI double from Brian Dozier. He was made to pay for each walk he issued in his short time on the mound as all three men came around to score. Kennedy toiled to the tune of 54 pitches to record just six outs, showing obvious signs of rust after missing multiple turns through the rotation. He had enjoyed a strong start to the season prior to the injury, but nine earned runs over his last 6.1 innings has sent his ERA skyward nearly two runs to 4.06. Things will not get any easier as a matchup with the Indians is scheduled for Friday.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
1 month ago

Kennedy (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and will start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals made a flurry of roster moves between games Sunday, activating Kennedy and optioning right-hander Jakob Junis down to Triple-A Omaha in addition to placing Alex Gordon on the paternity list. Kennedy was strong through his first four starts this season, notching a 2.08 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over 26.0 innings. His performance fell off a bit in his next two outings before landing on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Kennedy will face a Twins team that ranks 14th in wOBA in May.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
1 month ago

Kennedy (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list ahead of the second game of the Royals' doubleheader Sunday with the Twins, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy was initially scheduled to return from the DL to start Saturday, but since that game ended up being postponed due to inclimate weather, he'll simply move back a day. The Royals will need to make a roster move after the first game of the doubleheader concludes in order to formally activate Kennedy. Chris Young will move back to a long-relief role with Kennedy returning to the rotation.