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Royals Review May 22, 2018
It’s time for Ian Kennedy to ditch the 4-seam fastball

It’s time for Ian Kennedy to ditch the 4-seam fastball

Hitters are teeing off on Kennedy’s fastball, and it’s about time for a change. Ian Kennedy has one of the better spin rates in baseball on his 4-seam fastball. Before his start against the St. Louis Cardinals last night, Kennedy’s 4-seam fastball was spinning at a rate of 2,411 RPMs. That’s good for 5th among 34 pitchers who have thrown at least 400 4-seam fastballs in the MLB this season. In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s what a 4-seam fastball grip looks like: The idea of a 4-seam fastball is to put as little resistance as possible on the pitch. 4-seam...
Royals Review May 21, 2018
Miles to go before they sleep, the Royals smarting after 6-0 loss in St. Louis

Miles to go before they sleep, the Royals smarting after 6-0 loss in St. Louis

Mikolas shuts down anemic Royals offense while Ian Kennedy Ian Kennedies If the Royals wanted to make gains on their fanbase in Missouri, tonight’s game would not be one to show prospective converts. After two-and-a-half quiet innings, the Cardinals strung together a two-out rally, recalling the Royals days of yore, getting back-to-back-to-back singles from Matt Carpenter, José Martínez, and Marcell Ozuna. The Ozuna single was augmented by a Jorge Soler boner in right, plating Carpenter. The Soler gaffe proved immaterial with the next batter, as Ian Kennedy left a 2-1 four-seamer just a...
Royals Review May 21, 2018
Game XLVII Thread - The Royals of Kansas City versus the Cardinals of St. Louis

Game XLVII Thread - The Royals of Kansas City versus the Cardinals of St. Louis

Tonight, the Kansas City Royals kick off a three-game tilt against their cross-state pseudo-rivals the St. Louis Cardinals. Mike Moustakas hopes to set off an intra-Hellenic WAR by hanging dong off the man, the myth, the Mikolas, whose nickname is apparently the “Lizard King.” Miles Mikolas and Ian Kennedy will be this evening’s starting pitchers. Hold onto yer butts. The Royals will field the following starting lineup: Here is tonight's lineup as the #Royals visit the Cardinals. #RaisedRoyal pic.twitter.com/GZjPMVD5MQ— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 21, 2018 These will be...
Royals Review May 16, 2018
Game 43 Thread: Devil Rays vs. Royals Finale

Game 43 Thread: Devil Rays vs. Royals Finale

...a win? As I drove to downtown Kansas City this morning, I turned on 610 Sports Radio. The Day Shift guys were discussing how bad Ian Kennedy had been, especially with the context of his gigantic, $70 million contract. He gets paid too much to be bad, they said. That is, of course, true, but somebody also mentioned offhand something that stuck with me. One of the guys mentioned the Kansas City Royals had lost four in a row, and all I could think of was ‘Huh. Really?’ In any other season, a four-game losing streak would be a thing of consternation. But not for this rebuilding team,...
Royals Review May 15, 2018
Game Thread 43: Rays at Royals

Game Thread 43: Rays at Royals

That lineup... After a disappointing loss last night, the Royals will try to even up the series against Anthony Banda (who is making his season debut) and the rest of the Rays crew. The Royals will send Ian Kennedy to the mound, who is coming off an ugly nine-run performance against the Orioles in his last start. With Jorge Soler getting the night off and Lucas Duda on the DL, the Royals will field about as bad as a 5-9 as you’ve seen. Escobar batting fifth, Almonte in, Goins in, Dozier at first, Merrifield at DH the whole shabang. Lineup Whit Merrifield DH Jon Jay RF Salvador Perez...
Royals Review May 9, 2018
Newsflash: Ian Kennedy is having a really good season

Newsflash: Ian Kennedy is having a really good season

Can it last? Coming into this 2018 season, if you would ask Kansas City Royals fans what they would like to see from Ian Kennedy most would answer something along the lines of what he did for Kansas City back in 2016. Kennedy spent most of last year dealing with a right hamstring strain and never got quite back on track after putting together a solid April. Now Kennedy is healthy and once again putting up strong April and May numbers. So far in seven starts, Kennedy has thrown 37 innings, producing a 2.92 ERA, 3.47 FIP and 0.8 fWAR (which is halfway to his 2016 total). But when we dive...
Royals Review May 4, 2018
Royals come alive late to roar past Tigers, 4-2

Royals come alive late to roar past Tigers, 4-2

Things are starting to trend upward in Kansas City. A frustrating night of offensive struggles turned around in a big hurry for the Royals, as they came back to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Star Wars Night at the K. A brilliant pitchers duel turned into a wild comeback, as the Royals unleashed some frustration in the eighth inning after being held down for so long. Ian Kennedy and Francisco Liriano were both masterful on Friday evening. Kennedy threw six shutout innings, striking out seven batters and constantly getting out of some shaky starts to innings. He needed 103 pitches to get 18...
Royals Review May 4, 2018
Friday Night Thread: Tigers at Royals

Friday Night Thread: Tigers at Royals

Is baseball about to get fun again in Kansas City? The Royals have won 4 of their last 6 games, and they enter the weekend with an opportunity to win their first series of 2018. They’ll need to win two of the next three against the Detroit Tigers to get the job done, but if Alex Gordon keeps hitting the way he has been, it’s a strong possibility. Tonight will feature Ian Kennedy and Francisco Liriano with a 7:15 first pitch at Kauffman Stadium.
Bless You Boys May 4, 2018
Game 31 Preview: Tigers at Royals

Game 31 Preview: Tigers at Royals

Both Liriano and Ian Kennedy are having resurgent seasons in their 30s. Baseball is weird sometimes. Take Royals starter Ian Kennedy, for example. The 33-year-old righthander has allowed a .268 batting average so far this year, his highest since an abbreviated 2008 season with the New York Yankees. Kennedy has only thrown 31 frames this year, so small sample caveats apply, but he has overcome this high batting average to limit opponents to a 3.48 ERA, his lowest since a 2011 season in which he posted 4.8 fWAR with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Weird, right? Maybe not to you, the seasoned...
Royals Review Apr 24, 2018
Game Thread XI: Lorenzo Cain makes his return

Game Thread XI: Lorenzo Cain makes his return

Old friend. In probably one of the more anticipated games of the 2018 Royals season, an old friend will make his return to Kauffman Stadium in Lorenzo Cain. This will be Cain’s first game ever at Kauffman Stadium as a visitor and his first game playing against the Royals. The pitching matchup features Ian Kennedy who is looking to continue his early season success in his fifth start of the season. On the bump for the Brewers will be right-hander Zach Davies, also making his fifth start of the year. Royals Lineup Jon Jay CF Whit Merrifield 2B Mike Moustakas 3B Salvador Perez C Lucas Duda...

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