Kennedy picked up a one-out save in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Tigers. Kennedy was called upon in the ninth with two on and two out after Wily Peralta worked his way into a jam. The 34-year-old easily forced Brandon Dixon to fly out to earn his sixth save of the season. Kennedy has clearly secured his role as the closer in Kansas City. He now owns a 3.67 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 34:4 K:BB.
Kennedy struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his fifth save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Tigers. The 34-year-old has finally seen a string of save chances and gotten a chance to establish himself as the clear top option in the Kansas City bullpen -- three of his five saves have come since May 30. Kennedy's 3.71 ERA on the year is still less than elite, but his 34:4 K:BB through 26.2 innings is a strong sign that better days are ahead for his ratios as he continues to adjust to life in the bullpen.
Kennedy held the White Sox scoreless to earn the save Friday, allowing one hit while striking out two through one inning. Aside from a double to Charlie Tilson, Kennedy kept Chicago's bats quiet to pick up his fourth save of the season. It's hard to tell for sure who the true closer is in Kansas City with so few save opportunities to spread around, but Kennedy does seem to be the favorite. He now owns a 3.86 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 32:4 K:BB through 24 appearances.
Kennedy fired a scoreless ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts to earn the save Thursday against the Rangers. Although Kennedy has been the front runner for saves, it's been hard to tell lately as the right-hander picked up Kansas City's first save in four weeks. Overall, Kennedy's blown two of five chances this season but leads the team with three. With the perfect inning, he holds a 4.18 ERA and 1.39 WHIP through 22 appearances.
Kennedy allowed two hits with no walks and struck out two across two innings to earn the save in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Rays. This was Kennedy's first save opportunity since blowing a save against the Twins on April 2. Kennedy has pitched well since then, yielding only one run in 10.2 innings, which has helped him post a 1.15 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 15.2 frames this season. Those are closer-worthy numbers, and he now leads the team in saves with two, but this is a bad team and the opportunities may be few and far between.