Joe Kelly
P BOS
2 weeks ago

Kelly has a 1.42 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 25.1 innings this season.

EDGE Analysis

The former starter has tossed 12 straight scoreless innings since the start of May with only six hits and two walks allowed. The 28-year-old is seeing more high-leverage situations and has recorded a hold in three of his last four appearances. Kelly has a low K/9 (6.4) thus far but has kept the ball down with a GB/FB rate of 1.90 during his scoreless streak.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
1 month ago

Kelly struck out two batters during a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning in Friday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Athletics.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly has earned the trust of manager John Farrell who is buoyed by the reliever's scoreless stretch of 7.1 innings over eight games. The right hander has allowed five hits and walked just one during that span while throwing strikes on 66 percent of his pitches. He's clearly moving ahead of Matt Barnes for eighth-inning work.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
1 month ago

Kelly has not allowed a run on four hits and a walk while striking out five over his last 5.2 innings, spanning six games.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly's good fortunes coincide with a downturn in those of Matt Barnes and are shaking up manager John Farrell's late-inning relief pattern. Kelly worked in a traditional setup role in his last game, bridging the game to closer Craig Kimbrel. It's all about throwing strikes for Kelly. He's thrown strikes on 65 percent of his pitches during his recent run, up from 59 percent over his first 10 games when he walked eight batters in 13.1 innings. If he can sustain the command and limit the walks, Kelly has the stuff to be an effective setup guy.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
2 months ago

Kelly allowed two hits and a run in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 5-4 win over the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly's seventh-inning wild pitch allowed an inherited runner to score and put one his runners in scoring position to be plated on a Ben Zobrist single. He had gone four straight appearances and 6.2 innings without allowing a run before Friday, which turned out to be his first hold of the season. He's flirted with danger this season, walking six in 12.2 innings with a 3.83 FIP suggesting his 2.13 ERA won't hold up. The lack of consistent control, which has reared itself time and again throughout his career, is the main reason why manager John Farrell can't fully trust Kelly in an eighth-inning role.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
2 months ago

Kelly (illness) allowed one walk in a scoreless ninth inning in Boston's 8-1 win over Baltimore on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly, like several others in Boston's clubhouse, had been feeling the effects of the flu. Tuesday's performance was his first since last Friday. He's now firmly behind Matt Barnes in terms of the eighth-inning role.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
2 months ago

Manager John Farrell said that Kelly (illness) wouldn't be an option out of the bullpen for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly was back with the team Sunday morning and seems to have mostly recovered from the flu, but it looks like the Red Sox want to give him some additional time off to regain stamina. With another day off to recover, the right-hander could be available to pitch in the series finale Monday.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
2 months ago

Kelly (illness) is with the Red Sox for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly experienced flu-like symptoms over the weekend and wasn't available for Saturday's game.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
3 months ago

Kelly is dealing with flu-like symptoms and won't be available for Saturday's game against the Tigers, Brian MacPherson of The Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly is the latest victim of a flu bug that's been going around the Red Sox clubhouse as Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, and Robbie Ross have already missed time due to illness. The right-handed reliever has thrown 2.1 innings of shutout baseball to begin the season, earning the win Wednesday against Pittsburgh. Consider him day-to-day going forward.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
3 months ago

Kelly pitched the final two innings of Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Pirates. He allowed one run without a walk or a strikeout to pick up the win.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly has fallen out of the eighth-inning role, perhaps temporarily, because of a subpar final two weeks of spring training. The right-hander threw a respectable 17 strikes in 27 pitches and didn't a walk a batter Wednesday. That's a step in the right direction for Kelly, who needs to prove he's commanding consistently for Farrell to entrust him as a lock-down eighth-inning reliever.

Joe Kelly
P BOS
3 months ago

Kelly watched from the bullpen Monday as manager John Farrell went with left-hander Robby Scott and right-hander Heath Hembree to pitch the eighth inning in Boston's 5-3 win over the Pirates, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. Farrell said following the game that he will have to mix and match "without a lock-down eighth-inning guy."

EDGE Analysis

It was surprising to hear the manager's comments after he anointed Kelly the fill-in setup guy after it became apparent Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) was start the season on the 10-day disabled list. Kelly looked the part of a setup guy last September, but walked eight in 9.2 spring innings, as the right-hander continues to be an inconsistent strike-thrower.