Kennedy was coming off a promising season last year after a 9-7 mark in 27 games. He set a record for a Colorado starter with a 3.66 ERA. However, the 26-year-old left-hander has struggled this season, going 0-3 with an 8.67 ERA in his last five starts, while opponents are hitting .380 in that span.
Kennedy gave up six runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-0 defeat to Houston on Monday.
“I’m at the point where if I give up six, seven or eight runs, it’s really not going to do much to my ERA,” said Kennedy, who has walked 17 in 27 innings during the skid. “I just want to go out and pitch. I want to get guys out. But I’m so close to having big games, that’s more frustrating than anything else.”
“If I can put together five or six good starts in a row, we won’t even be having this conversation.”
The Rockies clinched just their sixth series win this season with a 4-2 victory Saturday.
Jeff Francis pitched seven strong innings for Colorado, which won consecutive games for the first time since posting its lone series sweep of the year against Cincinnati from June 13-15.
A pair of bases-loaded walks were the difference at hitter-friendly Coors Field as Royals starter Runelvys Hernandez finished with a season-high seven walks in 5 1-3 innings.
“We had nine walks, a hit batter and seven hits,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “To score four runs in this ballpark, that’s hard to do, but we were able to do it.”
Former Colorado manager Buddy Bell fell to 12-11 as the manager of the Royals, who lost their fifth straight game Saturday—the most under his tenure.