Kennedy allowed one run and two hits and a walk during the ninth inning to earn the save during Saturday's win over Seattle.
Kennedy was entrusted with a 9-7 lead and managed to escape in nerve-wracking fashion. He's been one of the most reliable closers in the league, as he has yet to blow an opportunity. Kennedy now has allowed only four earned runs across 15 innings while maintaining a 20:2 K:BB.
Kennedy walked one and struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning to secure the save against Minnesota on Wednesday.
Kennedy was entrusted with a 3-1 lead and struck out the side to record his ninth save of the season. He's been one of the most reliable closers in the league, as he has yet to blow an opportunity and is also the only Ranger to record a save this season. Kennedy's skills back up his strong start, as he has allowed only three earned runs across 14 innings while maintaining a 20:1 K:BB.
Kennedy earned the save Tuesday against the Twins after pitching a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Another outing, another save for Kennedy. The veteran right-hander has gone 8-for-8 in save opportunities this season while posting a 17:0 K:BB in 14 appearances. He was efficient in this one, too, as he tossed all but one of his seven pitches for strikes to retire the side in order in the bottom of the 10th inning. Despite his age, Kennedy has emerged as one of the league's most reliable closers through the first several weeks of the 2021 season.
Kennedy recorded his seventh save of the season Sunday against the Red Sox after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Kennedy is now 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season and closed things out quickly in this one, needing just five pitches to retire Marwin Gonzalez, Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero in order. Kennedy has now tossed four scoreless outings in a row and has yet to allow a walk across 12 innings in 12 appearances this season.
Kennedy struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up his sixth save in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Red Sox.
Kennedy threw 16 strikes among 19 pitches to set down Rafael Devers, Christian Vazquez and Bobby Dalbec in order. Texas had an unsettled bullpen coming out of spring training, but Kennedy has solidified the closer role with six saves in six opportunities.
Kennedy pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts to earn his fifth save of the season in Thursday's 4-1 win over Boston.
Pitching with a three-run lead, Kennedy sandwiched a Christian Vazquez foul out between two strikeouts for an easy ninth inning. The outing lowered his ERA to a healthy 2.70 and was his first save in 10 days, as the Rangers haven't been providing him with many opportunities.
Kennedy allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth inning and earned a save over the Angels on Monday.
Kennedy made things interesting Monday, putting runners on first and third with two outs, but he forced a Luis Rengifo groundout to end the contest unscathed. The 36-year-old right-hander is up to four saves and a 2.57 ERA through seven innings this season.
Kennedy pitched a perfect 10th inning while striking out a pair Thursday to earn the save in the 6-4 win over the Rays.
Kennedy entered with a two-run lead in the bottom of the 10th after an Adolis Garcia home run. The runner on second did not faze the righty as he struck out the final two batters to end the game. The veteran is the Rangers' definitive closer, recording all three of the teams' saves.
Kennedy's velocity was down during Sunday's loss to the Padres, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Kennedy had been hitting 95 mph during previous outings but was at 92 on Sunday, when the Padres reached him for three hits, including a home run. Despite Kennedy's drop in velocity, manager Chris Woodward said there was nothing wrong with the pitcher, who is serving as the Rangers' closer.
Kennedy allowed one hit and struck out three in one inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.
Kennedy has picked up saves on consecutive days against the Blue Jays. The right-hander has added six strikeouts and allowed one earned run over three innings this season. The Rangers aren't expected to win a lot of games in 2021, but Kennedy figures to be in the mix for save chances when they arise.
Kennedy pitched a perfect inning to pick up the save against Toronto on Tuesday.
Kennedy made quick work of three Blue Jays batters, needing only eight pitches -- seven of which he threw for strikes -- to retire the side in order. It was the first save opportunity of the season for the right-hander, who previously pitched one inning in a non-save situation. Kennedy looks like he could be the top ninth-inning option for Texas to begin the campaign, though there are other arms lined up behind him if he falters.
Kennedy allowed a run on two hits and struck out three over one inning in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Royals.
Kennedy, who was making his season debut, entered in the ninth inning with the Rangers up 7-2, so this was a non-save situation. He's expected to pitch in the final third of games, including save opportunities, although those could be few on the 2021 iteration of the Rangers.
Kennedy was added to the Rangers' major-league roster Sunday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
The 36-year-old is in camp as a non-roster invitee but will be in the mix for saves to open the season since Jose Leclerc and Jonathan Hernandez are dealing with elbow injuries. Kennedy and Matt Bush are poised to operate as the primary high-leverage options for Texas in the meantime.
Kennedy pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in Friday's spring game against the Royals.
In a sign that Kennedy, a non-roster invitee, will make the Opening Day roster, he was used on back-to-back days for the first time this spring. Not only does it look like he'll make the roster, but Kennedy could be the Rangers' closer. The 36-year-old right-hander has not allowed a run or hit while striking out seven and walking two over 5.2 spring innings.
Kennedy allowed one walk and struck out three over a scoreless inning in Thursday's spring game against the Padres.
Kennedy, who pitched the final inning, has not allowed a run while striking out seven over five scoreless spring innings. Although Thursday's appearance was not a save situation, it may be viewed as preparing Kennedy for what could be a ninth-inning role during the regular season. The Rangers lost their presumptive closer Jose Leclerc (elbow) for what will be a extended period of time and will be without top setup man Jonathan Hernandez (elbow) to start the season. Kennedy and Matt Bush have been mentioned as the top candidates to close for Texas. Bush also pitched Thursday and gave up three runs and three walks in a third of an inning.
Kennedy and Matt Bush appear to be the leading candidates to close games for the Rangers to begin the season after general manager Chris Young said Monday that Jose Leclerc would miss an "extended period of time" due to elbow discomfort, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Leclerc and Jonathan Hernandez came into spring training at the top of the pecking order among Rangers' relievers, but both look set to miss at least the first month of the season -- if not longer -- due to elbow injuries. Even if Leclerc had avoided a trip to the injured list to start the season, his hold on the closing job was tenuous at best, given the velocity drop and poor results he's noticed this spring. Kennedy and Bush both boast previous closing experience in the majors, though the former has seen more recent ninth-inning use. After saving 30 games in 34 opportunities with the Royals in 2019, Kennedy lost hold of the job while taking a big step back statistically in the abbreviated 2020 campaign, but he's appeared to get back on track with his new organization this spring. He's been perfect so far during his Cactus League appearances, striking out four over three spotless frames.
Kennedy struck out one over one perfect inning in Saturday's spring game against the Mariners.
Kennedy, who was mentioned by manager Chris Woodward when he discussed closer options, has pitched three perfect Cactus League innings with four strikeouts. Woodward said the presumed closer, Jose Leclerc, needs to show him more before the manager anoints him as the team's closer. As such, pitchers like Kennedy and Matt Bush have entered the conversation.
Texas manager Chris Woodward mentioned Kennedy as a potential closer Friday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Woodward said he was looking to see more from Jose Leclerc, who has served as Texas' closer each of the last two seasons but is experiencing a drop in fastball velocity this spring. In addition to Kennedy, who had 30 saves for the Royals in 2019, the manager raised the potential of Matt Bush working as a closer. Woodward also mentioned going to a matchup-based solution for end-of-game scenarios.
Kennedy joined the Rangers as a non-roster invitee Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Kennedy suddenly transitioned from a back-end starter to a reliable closer in 2019, saving 30 games while posting a 3.41 ERA and striking out a career-high 27.4 percent of opposing batters. His second act as a reliever was a major disappointment, as he failed to save a single game last year while seeing his strikeout rate fall to 21.7 percent and his ERA soar to 9.00. At age 36, it's hard to envision him making a full rebound and pushing for a high-leverage role, though he could still help the Rangers if he bounces back merely part of the way to that level.
Kennedy (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
Kennedy was initially believed to be out for the remainder of the regular season after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left calf, but he'll return for the final series of the regular season. The right-hander hasn't recorded any saves in 2020 while posting a 9.00 ERA and 1.79 WHIP over 14 innings across 15 appearances (one start).
|Last 7 Games|
|05/13||@ HOU||L 3-4||1.0||0||0||2||0|
|05/08||vs SEA||W 9-8||1||1.0||2||1||1||0|
|05/05||@ MIN||W 3-1||1||1.0||0||0||1||3|
|05/04||@ MIN||W 6-3||1||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|05/02||vs BOS||W 5-3||1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|05/01||vs BOS||W 8-6||1||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|04/29||vs BOS||W 4-1||1||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||AAX-Northwest Arkansas N||4.0||1||1||0||0||1||0||5||2||7||13.50||2.250|
|2018||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||3.2||1||1||0||0||1||0||2||1||4||8.44||1.562|