Craig Kimbrel RP BOS 14 hours ago
Kimbrel was left in the bullpen in a save situation in Boston's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays on Sunday.
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 days 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.
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 3 days ago
Kimbrel is unavailable out of the bullpen Friday after pitching in three straight games, the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports.
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 4 days ago
Kimbrel closed out the Orioles on Thursday, striking out two in one inning to pick up his 29th save of the season.
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 6 days ago
Kimbrel nailed down his 28th save Tuesday in Baltimore, allowing one walk while striking out one in a hitless inning of work.
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 1 week 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.
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 1 week ago
Kimbrel picked up his 26th save Friday against the Yankees, striking out the only two batters he faced.
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.
Craig Kimbrel RP BOS 2 weeks ago
Kimbrel notched his 25th save of the season Sunday, striking out two and walking one in the ninth inning of Boston's 11-8 win over Toronto.
The Red Sox used their potent offense and much-maligned bullpen to overcome Clay Buchholz's early dismissal (three innings, six runs) and give Kimbrel an opportunity to seal a win. While Kimbrel has had some problems in non-save situations, he's been as advertised when protecting a lead. He's blown just two saves out of 27 chances.
Craig Kimbrel RP BOS 3 weeks ago
Kimbrel entered Sunday's game to start the ninth inning in a non-save situation, then allowed a walk and a double to take the loss in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Athletics.
The walk-off win was aided by left-fielder Brock Holt's inability to cleanly field the ball, but a five-pitch walk (four missing badly) and a well-struck ball is not what you want from a closer of Kimbrel's ilk. His performance in non-save situations has been a problem all season for Boston -- Kimbrel allowed 28 baserunners in 17.1 innings in such situations compared to 20 runners in 26.2 innings when protecting a lead.
Craig Kimbrel RP BOS 4 weeks ago
Kimbrel nailed down the Rays in order to record his 24th save of the season in a 8-6 victory.
The flame-throwing closer induced a foul out, strike out and fly out to retire the side on just 10 pitches. He closes August having allowed just one run in 11 innings and going a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities this month. In addition to 24 saves, he has a 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 44 frames.