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July 19, 2019 12:12 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Records 16th save
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Kennedy allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out one across one inning to earn the save Thursday against the White Sox.

Kennedy entered the game in the ninth inning with a two-run lead and allowed the White Sox to collect two base-hits with two outs to cut the lead to one. However, he struck out A.J. Reed to end the contest and record his 16th save of the season. The earned run marked just the second time in his last 11 appearances that he allowed a runner to cross the plate. Kennedy now has a 3.43 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 47 strikeouts across 39.1 innings for the campaign.

July 18, 2019 12:52 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Notches 15th save
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Kennedy earned a one-out save in Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the White Sox.

Kennedy was called upon to record the final out in the ninth inning after Willy Peralta gave up a three-run home run to AJ Reed. The right-hander did so in six pitches after forcing Yolmer Sanchez to line out. Kennedy has been on fire since taking over closing duties for the Royals, and has already recorded four saves post All-Star break. The 34-year-old owns a 3.29 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 46:9 K:BB across 38 appearances.

July 16, 2019 12:44 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Records 14th save
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Kennedy gave up a hit and walked one while striking out one through a scoreless ninth inning to record his 14th save in a 5-2 win over the White Sox on Monday.

Kennedy entered the game in the ninth inning with a three-run lead and allowed two baserunners before forcing Jose Abreu to ground into a game-ending double play. The 34-year-old has a 2.06 ERA with 11 saves in his last 14 appearances.

July 15, 2019 12:04 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Notches 13th save
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Kennedy struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save Saturday versus the Tigers.

Kennedy was provided a comfortable three-run cushion and needed only 12 pitches to retire the side in order. The 34-year-old has a 2.02 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 18:4 K:BB in his last 14 outings and is 10-for-11 in save chances in that stretch.

July 13, 2019 05:24 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Grabs 12th save
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Kennedy struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his 12th save of the season in an 8-5 win over the Tigers.

The veteran right-hander got the second half started on the right foot after he blew his third save of the year in his final appearance before the All-Star break. Kennedy now sports a 3.50 ERA and 44:8 K:BB through 36 innings, and his conversion to a relief role has been one of the few success stories for the Royals this season.

July 6, 2019 08:16 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Blows save
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Kennedy allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout to blow a save in the ninth inning against the Nationals on Friday.

The Royals eventually won, but they needed extras after holding a two-run lead entering the ninth. This was Kennedy's first blown save since May 26, as he'd nailed down his last nine chances, but that's not a ton of opportunities for a five-week span. He is 11-for-14 in save chances with a 0-2 record, 3.60 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 35 innings this season.

July 1, 2019 10:08 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Records 11th save
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Kennedy walked one and did not allow a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to record his 11th save in a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

After walking the first batter he faced, Kennedy cruised through the ninth inning to nail down the save. Kennedy has become a solid closer over the last month, posting eight saves in his last nine appearances. The 34-year-old has a 3.27 ERA and a 10.9 K/9 through 32 games this season.

June 25, 2019 11:20 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Racks up 10th save
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Kennedy allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his 10th save of the season in an 8-6 win over Cleveland.

After Brad Hand shockingly blew the save in the top of the ninth inning, Kennedy came on and showed him how it was done. The right-hander has now converted eight straight save chances for the Royals since May 30, posting an impressive 0.96 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 14:1 K:BB through 9.1 innings over that stretch.

June 18, 2019 02:08 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Picks up eighth save
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Kennedy picked up the save against the Mariners on Monday, working around one hit to toss a scoreless ninth inning and close out a 6-4 victory for the Royals. He struck out two and walked none.

Kennedy narrowly avoided a blown save in a shaky effort during his last appearance, but he was able to post a relatively drama-free performance in this contest to record his eighth save in 10 chances. For the season, the veteran has a 3.72 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and a 38:5 K:BB through 29 innings.

June 17, 2019 11:44 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Escapes danger to earn save
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Kennedy notched a save in Sunday's win over the Twins despite allowing a run on one walk and two hits. He struck out a pair of batters as well.

Max Kepler knocked an RBI double with two outs before Kennedy walked Jonathan Schoop. He ended the threat by striking out hot-hitting slugger Nelson Cruz. The 34-year-old has now converted his last five save chances, making him 7-for-9 this season. Sunday's rough outing accounted for the first run he's allowed since May 29.

June 14, 2019 12:28 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Earns sixth save
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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.

June 12, 2019 07:24 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Picks up fifth save
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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.

June 8, 2019 05:04 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Earns fourth save
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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.

May 31, 2019 05:44 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Notches third save
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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.

May 1, 2019 07:00 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Earns second save
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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.

April 3, 2019 03:48 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Blows first save of year
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Kennedy gave up a run on three hits while striking out one in an inning of work to blow his first save of the season in Tuesday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Twins.

Entering the game in the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead, Kennedy gave up a leadoff double to Jorge Polanco, who came around to score two batters later. The right-hander nearly lost the game entirely, but he left runners on first and third after getting Jonathan Schoop to ground out to end the threat. While it's encouraging that Kennedy was the choice for Ned Yost in the ninth over Brad Boxberger, he'll need to produce more consistent results if he wants to remain in the closer picture.

March 30, 2019 06:36 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Picks up first career save
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Kennedy worked around two hits in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the White Sox en route to his first career save.

After working the eighth inning Opening Day, Kennedy got a chance to close things out in just his fourth career relief appearance. The right-hander allowed the first two batters he faced to reach but ultimately slammed the door. Brad Boxberger, who got the Royals' first save of 2019, worked the seventh inning Saturday, while Wily Peralta did not appear in the game. The owner of a career 21.6 percent strikeout rate, Kennedy is not exactly a priority pickup, but those already down a closer or two will want to consider a modest bid in FAAB.

March 20, 2019 05:32 PM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Opening season in bullpen
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Manager Ned Yost said Kennedy will begin the season in a relief role, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

The Royals had talked about moving Kennedy to the bullpen at some point in 2019, and a lackluster spring (6.30 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 7:1 K:BBB through 10 frames) prompted the team to make the move sooner than expected. The veteran right-hander will remain an option to start should an opportunity arise, but his 5.06 ERA and 7.8 K/9 in 52 starts over the past two seasons leave quite a bit to be desired.

February 13, 2019 11:52 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Potentially moving to relief role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Ned Yost said that Kennedy may be moved into a relief role at some point during 2019, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

The veteran starter hasn't been great for the Royals the past two seasons, to put it nicely, posting a 5.06 ERA and a 1.8 HR/9 in that span. As such, the Royals brass may want to test out other starting pitching options at some point in 2019, especially if Kennedy continues to be ineffective. Kennedy's spot in the rotation appears to be safe for the start of the season, but a rough beginning of the season could put him on thin ice.

September 29, 2018 12:12 AM
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Tosses six innings in defeat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kennedy (3-9) suffered the loss against the Indians on Friday, allowing four earned runs, six hits and one walk over six-plus innings. He struck out two.

Kennedy pitched well until the seventh frame when he was pulled after allowing the first three batters to reach base. All three runners would eventually come around to score, as the Indians ended up plating a whopping 10 runs in the inning. Kennedy ended his streak of three consecutive quality starts in the process, and assuming Friday was his last appearance, he'll finish the 2018 season with a 4.66 ERA and 105 strikeouts over 119.2 innings.

Situational Stats
vs Chicago 6.201 1.35428
vs LHB 17.100 3.120523
vs RHB 21.000 3.430423
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Pitching Stats
2007NYY10 1.89330000 19.0136410915
2008NYY04 8.171090000 39.2503736512627
2009NYY00 0.00100000 1.00000121
2010ARI910 3.8032320000 194.01638782261070168
2011ARI214 2.8833331100 222.0186737119955198
2012ARI1512 4.0233331000 208.121610193281455187
2013ARI-SD710 4.9131310000 181.118010899271273163
2014SD1313 3.6333330000 201.0189858116470207
2015SD915 4.2830300000 168.1166958031752174
2016KC1111 3.6833330000 195.21738180331366184
2017KC513 5.3830300000 154.0143999234561131
2018KC39 4.6622220000 119.2125666220140105
2019KC02 3.43390001619 39.1401515211047
Total 94103 4.103302892116191743.11644853795242785891607
Batting Stats
2007NYY3000000000 --- --- ---
2008NYY10000000000 --- --- ---
2009NYY1000000000 --- --- ---
2010ARI33547110272400 .290 .222 .204
2011ARI3461380442400 .197 .180 .131
2012ARI33514406112900 .238 .118 .078
2013ARI-SD3253170152800 .207 .189 .132
2014SD3352361552400 .193 .192 .115
2015SD3042340002300 .095 .167 .095
2016KC33300000200 .000 .000 .000
2017KC30301001000 .500 .333 .333
2018KC22201000000 .500 .500 .500
2019KC39000000000 --- --- ---
Total 33332121421183315400 .213 .181 .131
Fielding Stats
2009NYYP1000000 ---
2010ARIP323238181912 .974
2012ARIP33333592241 .886
2017KCP3030165830 .813
2018KCP22221971110 .947
2019KCP39050410 .800
Total  330289252901521010 .960
More Pitching Stats
2007NYY01228 0.4611000 .19177 10.4 .2790
2008NYY04149 0.8652103 .309194 17.5 .5190
2009NYY002 0.0000000 .0006 27.0 .0000
2010ARI2175224 0.831261016 .228810 11.3 .3920
2011ARI0206246 0.90601111 .227900 10.1 .3610
2012ARI4198229 0.9043045 .266899 12.3 .4530
2013ARI-SD1168198 0.91240110 .259794 13.2 .4440
2014SD4174202 0.911582011 .250846 11.8 .3840
2015SD4153161 1.01105015 .258713 12.0 .4970
2016KC1136246 0.59610104 .236818 11.6 .4130
2017KC2127188 0.7345114 .246655 12.2 .4850
2018KC289158 0.6010004 .265518 12.5 .4560
2019KC12840 0.7810002 .263166 11.7 .3493
Total 2115071971 0.8167447875 .2497396 11.9 .4263
Postseason Pitching Stats
2011ARI01 4.26220000 12.213661338
Total 01 4.26220000 12.213661338
Minor League Pitching Stats
2006 A-Staten Ilnd00 0.0011000 2.22000022
2007 AA-Trenton51 2.5999000 48.2271414221757
2007 A-Tampa61 1.291110100 63.03999212272
2007AAA-Scranton-Wb11 2.0866000 34.22588231134
2008 A-Tampa00 0.0011000 5.02000014
2008 R-Yankees10 3.0010000 3.03110107
2008AAA-Scranton-Wb53 2.351312000 69.0521918451772
2009AAA-Scranton-Wilkes Barr10 1.6444000 22.0185400725
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Huntington Beach, CA
Kansas City Royals
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