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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manager Ned Yost said Kennedy will begin the season in a relief role, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com 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.
Manager Ned Yost said that Kennedy may be moved into a relief role at some point during 2019, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com 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.
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.
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