Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
3 days ago

Kintzler notched his eighth save in Saturday's 11-9 victory over the Red Sox, pitching a clean ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty needed only 13 pitches to get through the final frame of a wild contest, and turned in his fifth straight scoreless outing in the process. Kintzler hasn't allowed a run in 11 of his last 12 appearances, and has converted all eight of his save opportunities, with five coming in July.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
5 days ago

Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth inning while allowing two hits and a walk to earn his seventh save Friday at the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Kintzler was protecting a one-run lead and loaded the bases with nobody out before inducing a double play ball and a line out to close out the victory. He's now allowed exactly two hits in four of his last five outings, but he still has a stellar 2.12 ERA to go along with a 1.04 WHIP on the year.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
7 days ago

Kintzler allowed two hits, but he didn't yield a run in his sixth save against the Tigers on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

He hasn't gotten very many opportunities, but Kintzler has converted all six of his save chances. He threw 15 of his 25 pitches for strikes and retired the last two batters with two guys on base. Kintzler now has a 2.20 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
3 weeks ago

Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit to earn his fourth save of the year Sunday against the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Kintzler was protecting a one-run lead and gave up a two-out double before getting Shin-Soo Choo to ground out to end the game. He's now converted each of his four save opportunities, though this was his first since June 21, and he has a 2.28 ERA on the year.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
1 month ago

Kintzler struck out two while picking up a four-out save, his third of the season, against the Phillies on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Playing in his seventh MLB season, the 31-year-old never had a save in his career before June 8. He now has three in his last six appearances, and his most recent two have required four outs to secure. Manager Paul Molitor appears to like what he sees in Kintzler, and the righty looks to be pulling ahead in the battle to secure the closer role in Minnesota.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
1 month ago

Kintzler allowed a solo home run in the ninth inning, but he was able to retire the side to earn his second save of the season Sunday versus the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Kintzler has been thrown in the mix for saves in Minnesota due to the ineffectiveness of Kevin Jepsen, and he earned his second save in as many opportunities Sunday. He has been scored upon four times in his last eight outings, which doesn't bode well considering Fernando Abad and Jepsen are still lurking, but he should continue to see opportunities barring continued ineffectiveness.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
1 month ago

Kintzler was brought in to pitch the eighth inning Sunday against the Red Sox with a three-run lead, but allowed three runs (two earned) to tie the game.

EDGE Analysis

Kintzler was not helped by his defense, as a throwing error with the bases loaded and nobody out worsened the situation, but he also loaded the bases in the first place. The interesting part is that he was brought into the game in the eighth inning in the first place, but manager Paul Molitor previously said that he and Fernando Abad would split save chances earlier this week. The Red Sox would have had David Ortiz due up in the ninth had Kintzler made cleaner work in the eighth, so that might have driven Molitor's usage pattern.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
2 months ago

Kintzler earned his first save of the year Wednesday against Miami, working around a hit and striking out a batter in a scoreless inning, and MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports that he and Fernando Abad will close for the Twins moving forward.

EDGE Analysis

He's not exactly a household name -- not even in Minnesota -- but with Kevin Jepsen not getting the job done, Kintzler and Abad are apparently going to tag team the closer role while the Twins continue waiting for Glen Perkins (shoulder) to return. Kintzler's had good success so far, pitching to a 2.30 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 15 appearances, but his track record of mediocrity, lack of bat-missing stuff, and homer-prone ways (not to mention the fact that he's splitting the job with Abad) make him a low-upside closing option.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
2 months ago

Kintzler has a 2.63 ERA and 1.02 WHIP after throwing 13.2 innings since being called up May 7.

EDGE Analysis

While Kintzler's numbers look the part of a solid reliever, he's been susceptible to the long ball, as he's allowed three home runs in his limited time on the mound. Despite this issue, Kintzler is one of just three Twins' relievers with an ERA below 3.00 and could see more innings as the season goes on, giving him the chance to improve his opponent slugging average of .529.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
3 months ago

Kintzler's contract was selected by the Twins on Saturday, Dustin Morse of Twins.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Twins announced a series of moves Saturday, selecting Kintzler, recalling Pat Dean and outrighting Tommy Milone to Triple-A. Kintzler will come up from Triple-A, where he was out to a 4-1 start, posting a 3.52 ERA across 10 appearances (15.1 innings).