Joe Kelly
P BOS
2 months ago

Kelly pitched the final 2.2 innings in Boston's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays on Sunday. He allowed two hits and struck out four to earn the win.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly came on in the eighth inning after Tampa Bay had tied the game and induced a double-play grounder to ward off any further damage. It was another strong effort for Kelly and a sign of the growing confidence manager John Farrell has in the fire-balling right-hander, who has picked up more high-leverage work over the month of September.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
3 months ago

Kelly was credited with the win Thursday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Boston's 7-5 walk-off win over the Yankees. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly made it squirmy, loading the bases with one out, but escaped damage, leaving the deficit manageable for Boston, who went on to score five in the bottom of the ninth to win it. The right-hander with the high-90s fastball has not allowed a run since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket at the beginning of September. In seven innings, he's allowed five hits and four walks while striking out 11.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
3 months ago

Kelly was used in the eighth inning of Boston's 2-1 loss to San Diego on Monday. He struck out two Padres in his scoreless inning.

EDGE Analysis

Interesting to see Kelly get the call in the eighth inning of a tight game. It was his second consecutive appearance in the eighth, though his first one had little on the line. Since being called up, Kelly has struck out four in two innings without giving up a run. Manager John Farrell is desperate to find some consistent arms for high-leverage situations, so Kelly may be seen more often as a bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
3 months ago

The Red Sox recalled Kelly from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly posted a woeful 7.62 ERA over nine outings with the Red Sox earlier this season and was sent to the minors Aug. 1. However, he appeared to turn things around with Pawtucket, posting a 0.82 ERA and 16:1 K:BB in 11 innings over nine August outings. Kelly can start games, but he will likely work out of the bullpen in his latest go-around with the big club.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
3 months ago

Kelly will be called up to Boston on Friday and join the Red Sox in Oakland, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly stands a realistic shot at being a key bullpen piece as manager John Farrell seeks to shore up the eighth-inning bridge to closer Craig KImbrel. The right-hander has been dominant since returning to Triple-A Pawtucket in early August. He's allowed one run on six hits in 11 innings, walking one and striking out 16.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
4 months ago

Kelly has allowed one run on five hits without a walk while striking out 11 in eight innings since he was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket at the beginning of August.

EDGE Analysis

Given the precarious state of Boston's relievers leading up to closer Craig Kimbrel, Kelly seems like he could help, but while manager John Farrell acknowledged to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe how well he's throwing, the manager added "there are some limitations how we get him here right now." The implication being that Kelly will come back to Boston when rosters expand Sept. 1.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
4 months ago

Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Red Sox activated Craig Kimbrel from the DL on Monday, necessitating a move to free up a spot on the 25-man roster. Kelly will be the casualty after appearing in nine games (six starts) and amassing an unsightly 7.62 ERA across 26.0 innings. The 28-year-old will look to get things straightened out at Pawtucket before a potential return to Boston later in the year.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
5 months ago

Kelly had a one-pitch appearance Tuesday, retiring Detroit's Ian Kinsler on a slider in Boston's 9-8 loss, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly is adjusting to life out of the bullpen and part of that adjustment is using all of the pitches available to him. When he was called up to Boston over the weekend, he told reporters his mindset is trying to strike everyone out as a reliever. On Monday, he relied heavily on the fastball, hitting 100 mph multiple times, but velocity didn't stop Detroit's Justin Upton from tripling and eventually scoring the winning run. "The same thing applies in this role as it did while he was starting," Boston manager John Farrell said. "His need to use the secondary pitches exists. That's going to always be a part of Joe's plan for success - that he can't rely just on velocity because as we've seen, the swing-and-miss rate is low despite upper-90s to 100 miles an hour." Going forward, Kelly said he'll need to rely on his slider more often in order to keep hitters off balance.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
5 months ago

Kelly allowed a run on two hits and one inning of relief in Monday night's 4-2 loss to Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket over the weekend to bring his flame-throwing arm out of the Boston bullpen. He touched 100 mph on seven of his pitches in his first relief appearance this season. Unfortunately, if your fastball is missing location in the majors, velocity doesn't mean much. "A lot of power, a lot of velocity, (but) some inconsistent command to get behind in the count 2-1 to Upton," manager John Farrell told MassLive.com. "He left a fastball out on the plate and (Upton) was able to drive it the other way." Kelly will continue to work in a relief role for Boston and will get more opportunities to harness his arsenal and succeed in the pen.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
5 months ago

Kelly was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

All six of Kelly's previous appearances with the Red Sox have come as a starter, but after struggling mightily in that capacity, he'll work as a reliever in this stint with big club. He seemed to take well to bullpen duties during his time at Pawtucket, allowing no runs over five innings and striking out nine batters while walking only one. The Red Sox will likely ease him into the relief mix in lower-leverage situations initially, but with top bullpen arms Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Koji Uehara (pectoral) on the DL, Kelly's role could quickly grow if he finds early success.