Craig Kimbrel RP SD 3 days 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 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 3 months ago

Kimbrel took the loss on Saturday, loading the bases on an infield hit and two walks in the 11th inning before Starlin Castro singled into left field.

It wasn't a blown save, but it was still a fairly ugly outing for Kimbrel. He still has a 1.42 ERA and 7:3 K:BB ratio in 6.1 innings though, along with four saves in four chances, and he remains one of the league's elite closers.

Craig Kimbrel RP SD 3 months ago

Kimbrel notched his third save of the season while giving up a hit and striking out two Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Kimbrel picked up his third save in as many chances since joining the Padres the day before the season opener. San Diego plays in the most pitcher-friendly environment in baseball so Kimbrel should strive as the Padres closer.