Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
4 days ago

Kintzler will begin the season as Minnesota's closer with no timetable for Glen Perkins' return from a shoulder injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was expected as Perkins was never expected to be ready for the season. But with reports that Perkins may be placed on the 60-day DL to begin the season, it looks like Kintzler may have more leeway to hold onto the job with a return from Perkins nowhere in sight. However, Kintzler's lack of strikeouts (5.9 K/9 last season) may be a bigger worry for his ability to keep the role.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
1 month ago

Kintzler appears to be in line to be the Twins closer until Glen Perkins (shoulder) is healthy again, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old spent much of the 2016 season closing games for Minnesota, and it seems like he'll start 2017 in that role as well. Kintzler had modest success in this role, as he amassed 17 saves while posting a 3.40 ERA (1.57 ERA from his first save through the end of August). However, he doesn't strike out enough batters to have much value once Perkins returns, so he should only be viewed as a short-term option for most fantasy owners while he's picking up saves.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
6 months ago

Kintzler picked up the save in Saturday's win over the Mariners by allowing only one single in his inning of work.

EDGE Analysis

The one-run lead Kintzler had upon starting the 9th was threatened when Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz both reached base to begin the inning -- the latter on an error by Miguel Sano -- but Kyle Seager grounded into a double play, then Adam Lind to flied out to end the game. This conversion marked Kinztler's 15th save in 18 chances.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
7 months ago

Kintzler gave up two hits and a run, but ultimately finished off the Royals for his 14th save Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals got the tying run as far as second base in their effort to put a sweep on Minnesota, but Kintzler worked out of it. Still, he's now given up seven runs on seven hits and three walks in his last three innings, so he's fortunate that the Twins are thin on alternate closing options.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
7 months ago

Kintzler worked around a hit and recorded a strikeout in a scoreless ninth Thursday against the White Sox for his 13th save.

EDGE Analysis

He'd gone more than two weeks without a save chance since nailing one down against Atlanta back on Aug. 16, but delivered on the rare opportunity. Although Kintzler's not much of a strikeout pitcher, spectacular control has made him one of the game's more effective relievers this year. He's walked just three batters in 44.1 innings.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
7 months ago

Kintzler earned his 12th save of the season Tuesday, allowing a lone double before retiring the side to secure a 4-2 win over the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

Kintzler has been solid for the Twins this season, lowering his ERA to 1.82 with the scoreless frame. He's blown just one save compared to his 12 converted since taking over the closer role in June. While he only has 24 strikeouts on the season, he's walked just three, and has allowed just four home runs.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
8 months ago

Kintzler picked up his 10th save with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Since taking the closer's role June 8, Kintzler has been excellent, converting 10-of-11 save opportunities with a 13:2 K:BB in 23 innings. Kintzler owns a 92.8 mph fastball and doesn't possess the electric stuff typical of today's closers, but his combination of a heavy sinker to induce grounders and impeccable control has proven effective thus far.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
8 months ago

Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Rays to pick up his ninth save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

He needed just six pitches to finish off Tampa Bay as he generated his usual weak contact. After blowing his first save of the year at the end of July, Kintzler has bounced back with three straight clean outings to begin August and although he'll never be mistaken for an elite closing option with only one strikeout in those three innings, he has lowered his ERA back down to a stellar 1.96.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
8 months ago

Kintzler blew his first save chance since taking over the closer role, giving up a run on two hits in the ninth inning of Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Kintzler had converted his first eight save chances and had a strong 1.93 ERA and 20:3 K:BB entering Saturday's game, so his closer role isn't in jeopardy in the short term. However, he has been the subject of trade talk as contending teams seek bullpen depth.

Brandon Kintzler
RP MIN
8 months ago

Kintzler notched his eighth save in Saturday's 11-9 victory over the Red Sox, pitching a clean ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty needed only 13 pitches to get through the final frame of a wild contest, and turned in his fifth straight scoreless outing in the process. Kintzler hasn't allowed a run in 11 of his last 12 appearances, and has converted all eight of his save opportunities, with five coming in July.