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.
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, who had failed to win in his last 18 home starts, which was a franchise record. Kennedy will finish the campaign with a 5.38 ERA, his worst mark in any season of his career 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. Sep 30 8:44 am (EST)
- 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.
- Kennedy will arrive in Chicago on Saturday and is expected to start Sunday against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
- 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. All Ian Kennedy (R) News
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|Sep 24||L 8 - 1||@ CWS||0||1||0||5||7||2||5||2||7|
|Sep 19||L 5 - 2||@ TOR||0||1||0||5||3||1||2||0||2|
|Sep 08||L 8 - 5||MIN||0||1||0||3||4||1||3||3||2|
|Sep 03||W 5 - 4||@ MIN||0||0||0||5||5||1||2||0||1|
|Aug 28||L 12 - 0||TB||0||1||0||2||6||2||7||2||1|
|Aug 23||W 6 - 4||COL||0||0||0||4||7||2||3||3||6|
|Aug 18||L 10 - 1||CLE||0||1||0||2||6||2||5||2||1|
|Aug 12||W 5 - 4||@ CWS||0||0||0||6||7||2||3||1||7|
|Aug 07||L 11 - 3||STL||0||1||0||6||6||1||6||4||5|
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