Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 months ago

Kimbrel allowed one run on a walk, a wild pitch and two sacrifices in one inning in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Toronto. Boston's closer has walked six of the last 13 batters faced and has been tagged with losses in two of the last three games.

EDGE Analysis

While Saturday's performance wasn't the kind of meltdown we saw Wednesday in New York, it's a reminder how dangerous a walk, particularly a leadoff walk, can be. Kimbrel's had a fleeting relationship with control all season, posting a 5.0 BB/9 rate while walking a career-high 13.6 percent of the batters faced, up from 9.2 percent last season. And now that problem is rearing itself as the Red Sox prepare to embark on the postseason. With his velocity, Kimbrel doesn't need to be pinpoint with his pitches, but he needs to put the ball over the plate. Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's not considering moving Kimbrel out of the closer spot, but they need to fix this latest flare up of control issues.

Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 months ago

Kimbrel walked two batters but managed to pitch a scoreless inning for his 31st save of the season in Friday night's 5-3 win over Toronto.

EDGE Analysis

Including Kimbrel's meltdown Wednesday against the Yankees, Boston's closer has walked five batters in his last two appearances. His performance has been disconcerting, particularly after he and the team played so well in the month of September to clinch a spot in the postseason.

Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 months ago

Kimbrel failed to convert a save opportunity Wednesday allowing a hit and three walks and being charged with four runs and the loss in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The rain was falling in New York when Kimbrel entered the game, which may have contributed to his location problems -- just 13 of his 28 pitches were strikes. He was yanked in favor of Joe Kelly, who served up a grand slam to Mark Teixeira. The performance was shocking after Kimbrel had been lights out since mid-August.

Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 months ago

Kimbrel was left in the bullpen in a save situation in Boston's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Until we hear otherwise, not going to Kimbrel appears to be a decision based on his usage over the last week, and not due to injury. Boston's closer had pitched four of the last five days, so he was allowed to sit this opportunity out despite the Red Sox having an off day Monday. Instead, manager John Farrell left Joe Kelly (2.2 innings) in the game to finish off the Rays in the 10th inning.

Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 months ago

Kimbrel tallied his 30th save in Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Rays, giving up a solo homer but also striking out two over an inning.

EDGE Analysis

The closer saw Logan Forsythe take him deep to right field with two outs, but then bore down to get Kevin Kiermaier swinging to end the game. The earned run was the first Kimbrel had surrendered since Aug. 9 against the Yankees, breaking a string of 16 appearances where he'd seen his ERA progressively shrink. Kimbrel has now converted 18 consecutive save opportunities and has an 82:24 K:BB to go along with a 2.65 ERA.

Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 months ago

Kimbrel is unavailable out of the bullpen Friday after pitching in three straight games, the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has a 14-inning scoreless streak going, notching 11 saves and 23 strikeouts over that span. Brad Ziegler figures to get the ball in a save situation Friday.

Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
2 months ago

Kimbrel closed out the Orioles on Thursday, striking out two in one inning to pick up his 29th save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel is 12-for-12 in save opportunities since returning from the disabled list and made it 16 straight outings of not allowing a run. There was a two-week drought at the end of August / beginning of September when the bullpen was blowing up regularly in high-leverage situations, but the return of Koji Uehara has solidified the bridge to Kimbrel, who has five saves in the last week.

Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
3 months ago

Kimbrel nailed down his 28th save Tuesday in Baltimore, allowing one walk while striking out one in a hitless inning of work.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel hasn't given up a single hit in his last five appearances, and hasn't allowed an earned run since Aug. 9. He's about as reliable as it gets in the ninth inning.

Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
3 months ago

Kimbrel notched his 27th save by striking out all four batters he faced over 1.1 innings in Saturday's 6-5 victory over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The dominant closer came on with two out in the eighth and immediately mowed down Chase Headley with Didi Gregorius on first. Kimbrel then came back in the ninth to dispose of Andrew Romine, Mason Williams and Brett Gardner for his 13th consecutive scoreless outing. Kimbrel has successfully converted all eight of his save opportunities over that span while lowering his ERA from 3.50 to 2.66.

Craig Kimbrel
RP BOS
3 months ago

Kimbrel picked up his 26th save Friday against the Yankees, striking out the only two batters he faced.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel was called upon to salvage the ninth inning after Fernando Abad ran into trouble, and he quickly dispatched Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez on strikes to quash the rally. He's allowed just one run and four hits over his last 10 appearances, and has fanned 13 over that time frame.