Kennedy has been battling hamstring tightness as of late, and Royals coach Ned Yost found it best to give the nod to Young.
The stoic right-hander threw quality innings in 2015. He ended the year with an 11-6 record and a 3.06 ERA in his first year with the team.
Young’s veteran prowess was showcased in the World Series as well. He finished the series 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA, the lowest among Royals pitchers. The win came in Game 1 where Young took over in the 12th and tossed three scoreless innings to take the series opener.
He did, however, look shaky in his Game 4 start in the same series. Mets outfielder, Michael Conforto, launched a high fastball to the upper deck in right field to take the lead early. Young left the game after only four innings of work.
Standing at 6-foot-1”, the same height as the great Randy Johnson, Young doesn’t possess the same overpowering stuff as the Hall of Famer. He hits his spots a fastball ranging in the mid-to-high 80s, and slow off-speed that forces hitters out on their front foot.
The Amazin’s must go through Young to earn their first win of the season on Tuesday.