Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy moved to 5-13 for the season after tossing five innings of one-run ball in the Royals' 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday. Kennedy conceded four hits and one walk and struck out seven.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy was cruising along nicely through five frames, but due to the team's expanded bullpen in September, manager Ned Yost elected to pull the starter with his pitch count at 86 for the evening. It's nonetheless a strong end to what's been a troubling season for Kennedy, whose 5.38 ERA is his worst mark in any campaign in which he's tossed at least 40 innings. A 5.65 FIP suggests that Kennedy's poor ERA wasn't merely a case of bad luck, as he also saw his strikeout rate dip below 8.0 K/9 for the first time since 2010. It looks quite possible that Kennedy could be settling into the decline phase of his career, a troubling development for the Royals with the 32-year-old right-hander still under contract for three more seasons.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy (4-13) took the loss Sunday against the White Sox after allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over 5.1 innings.

EDGE Analysis

After producing a strong outing on extended rest last time out, Kennedy returned to subpar form in this one. He surrendered long balls to Avisail Garcia and Kevan Smith while seeing his ERA balloon to 5.50. That mark is unlikely to come down in Kennedy's final start Saturday against Arizona.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy will arrive in Chicago on Saturday and is expected to start Sunday against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy was away from the Royals to attend the birth of his son, but he's expected to rejoin the team in time to make his next start a day ahead of schedule. With Kennedy's start moving up a day, Jake Junis will now start Monday's makeup game against the Yankees. The 32-year-old owns an unremarkable 5.29 ERA and 117:58 K:BB through 143.2 innings this season.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy is with his family following the birth of his son, but could pitch Sunday if he rejoins the team in time, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

At this point in time, Sam Gaviglio is scheduled to take the mound Sunday, while Kennedy is expected to pitch Monday. Regardless of whether or not Kennedy rejoins the team early enough to move his start to Sunday, he's fully expected to be ready to go by Monday. If Kennedy does end up pitching Sunday, the Royals would send Jake Junis to the hill Monday. More news regarding the situation should be available Saturday.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy (4-12) took the loss Tuesday in Toronto despite allowing only two runs on three hits while striking out two without a walk over five-plus innings.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy cruised through five innings, but was pulled without getting an out in the sixth after allowing Darwin Barney to break a scoreless tie with a two-run homer. He was skipped over last time through the rotation due to shoulder fatigue, and that extra rest definitely helped the veteran righty's control as he didn't issue a free pass for the first time in 28 starts this season. Assuming Kennedy makes his next scheduled start Monday, he'll have a tough time repeating this effort at Yankee Stadium.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy (shoulder) will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals skipped Kennedy the last time through the rotation to combat shoulder fatigue, but he will step back in Tuesday, pushing Sam Gaviglio to Sunday. Kennedy's strikeout and walk rates have both gone in the wrong direction this season -- his 5.67 FIP is exactly one full run higher than his mark from a year ago. He has a negative fWAR through 27 starts.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy is dealing with shoulder fatigue and won't start Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Eric Skoglund is expected to start Wednesday in Kennedy's place. Kennedy struggled in his last start, as he pitched just three innings and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks. Although Kennedy is battling shoulder fatigue, the Royals expect that skipping his current turn in the rotation should give enough time to sort out the issue, so he should be available moving forward. After throwing 138.2 innings over 27 games this season, Kennedy owns a 5.45 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy (4-11) lasted just three innings and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts to take the loss Friday against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Confidence in Kennedy seems to be running thin in Kansas City. This marks the third time in his past five starts that Kennedy has failed to go deeper than three innings, and he hasn't completed the sixth inning since June 28 against Detroit. Expect Kennedy's leash to be short for the rest of the season. His ERA is up to a bloated 5.45.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
2 months ago

Kennedy allowed four runs -- just two earned -- on five hits and a walk while striking out a single batter through 5.2 innings during Sunday's win over Minnesota. He didn't factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old righty posted a 9.57 ERA and 2.01 WHIP through six August starts, so while this was a better outing, it definitely wasn't a standout fantasy showing, either. It's been a discouraging stretch because Kennedy had pitched well for spurts earlier this year. He's still a potential option in the right matchups, but his current form definitely makes him a risky start. Kennedy lines up to face the Twins at Kauffman Stadium next.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 months ago

Kennedy (4-10) lasted just 2.2 innings in a loss Monday to the Rays as he allowed seven runs on six hits and two walks with just one strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy now has just one quality start in his last six appearances and has failed to finish the third inning twice in his last three outings. His ERA is now up to 5.47 as he has been touched up for an absurd eight home runs in his last four outings. If the Royals can think of another option, Kennedy's time in the rotation could be limited.