Craig Kimbrel RP SD 2 months ago

Kimbrel allowed a run on three hits in 1.1 innings Sunday against the Rangers, but was still able to earn his 23rd save of the season.

The hard-throwing righty could possibly have been experiencing some fatigue as he was tasked with a four-out save less than 24 hours after his previous appearance, but he was able to get the job done. Kimbrel's 3.24 ERA and 1.29 WHIP are higher than we have come to expect, but his 23 saves and his 12.7 K/9 still make him a valuable fantasy reliever.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 2 months ago

Kimbrel struck out the side to pick up his 22nd save Saturday in Texas.

Kimbrel demonstrated the importance of a dominant closer, as he completely shut the door on the Rangers offense in the bottom of the ninth after Texas closer Shawn Tolleson blew a save in the top of the inning. The 27-year-old has allowed just one run since May 19.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 2 months ago

Kimbrel earned his 20th save of the season, giving up a hit in a scoreless inning against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Kimbrel is now 20-for-21 in save opportunities this season. Though his 3.30 ERA and 1.30 WHIP are not that impressive for a closer, Kimbrel has a 44:14 K:BB ratio in 30 innings and continues to reliably rack up saves when given the chance.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 3 months ago

Kimbrel took the loss Tuesday, giving up one run on a hit and two walks after entering a tie game in the ninth inning against the A's.

He issued a two-out walk to Billy Burns, who stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Eric Sogard, so the run was pretty cheap. That said, one would hope Kimbrel would throw strikes to a guy like Burns, who is unlikely to hit one over the fence. Despite his struggles, Kimbrel's job as the Padres' closer should be safe, given his track record and what San Diego gave up to get him.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 3 months ago

Kimbrel picked up his 14th save with a clean 11th inning Tuesday against Atlanta.

Kimbrel struck out a batter and didn't allow a baserunner in a vintage Kimbrel performance. He now has seven straight appearances without an earned run and has lowered his ERA to 4.09.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 4 months ago

Kimbrel allowed a run but struck out two to pick up his 10th save of the season Wednesday against the Mariners.

Kimbrel bounced back from his last outing, when he had his first blown save of the season. He is now 10-for-11 in save chances despite having a 5.93 ERA. Kimbrel has given up nine runs in 13 innings this season, but as long as he keeps converting saves, he'll continue to serve as the Padres' closer.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 4 months ago

Kimbrel blew a save Saturday, giving up two runs and striking out two in an inning of work in the 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Kimbrel has an ugly 5.68 ERA this season and he just hasn't been his dominant self yet. With that said, he is still an elite closer option and is in no jeopardy what so ever to lose his job. Look for him to rebound in his next save opportunity.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 4 months ago

Kimbrel tossed a perfect ninth inning in Sunday's victory over the Dodgers and picked up his sixth save of the season.

Kimbrel gave up an earned run in each of his two outings leading up to Sunday's, but he did not allow a runner to reach base Sunday and struck out two batters. Kimbrel owns a 2.16 ERA and 10:3 K:BB ratio in 8.1 innings over nine appearances out of the Padres' bullpen.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 4 months ago

Kimbrel picked up his fifth save of the season Tuesday despite giving up a home run in the ninth inning to Nick Hundley. He struck out one in the outing.

Kimbrel has been his usual very good self, so far, although it's worth noting that his strikeout rate is down a bit - it's a merely excellent 26.9% down from his otherworldly rate of 38.9% last year.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 5 months ago

Kimbrel has pitched in back-to-back games for the Padres.

Kimbrel took the loss Saturday night, and has now thrown a combined 32 pitches in the first two games of the series against the Cubs. This hasn't stopped the powerful right-hander from taking the hill in a third straight game in the past, but manager Bud Black may think twice about leaving his closer in for a high volume of pitches Sunday.