Joe Kelly
RP BOS
1 month ago

Kelly allowed one run on one hit, one walk and two hit batsmen without retiring a batter in the eighth inning of Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

This was Kelly's second eighth-inning flameout in the last three appearances. He entered with two outs and none on, then proceeded to let Toronto tie up the game while permitting batters to reach base safely in every conceivable way (hit, walk, HBP). The eighth inning is Boston's most glaring weakness entering the postseason.

Joe Kelly
RP BOS
1 month ago

Kelly (4-2) allowed three runs on four hits while striking out one over one inning to take the loss Friday against Houston.

EDGE Analysis

Boston's bullpen gave us another reminder that baseball's best team has a vulnerability heading into the postseason when they'll face good offenses. Kelly along with Ryan Brasier and Tyler Thornburg, combined to give up four runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings, wasting a gem from starter David Price. He's had stretches of effective relief -- Kelly entered Friday's game with a 0.93 ERA over his previous 9.2 innings -- but his ERA has been above three since June 19. Manager Alex Cora needs to find relievers to trust in the seventh and eighth innings.

Joe Kelly
RP BOS
1 month ago

Kelly struck out two and walked one during an inning of relief against the Braves on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Outside of a solo home run in Monday's series opener in Atlanta, Kelly hasn't allowed an earned run since Aug. 15, which encompasses 10.2 innings of work. On the year, he's logged a 3.75 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with a 9.0 K/9, though his 4.2 BB/9 raises some cause for concern.

Joe Kelly
RP BOS
3 months ago

Kelly allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly was cruising through May with a 1.73 ERA, but a recent horrible stretch increased the ERA to 4.31. He's permitted runs in eight of his last 18 outings, posting an ugly 9.22 ERA and 1.90 WHIP over 13.2 innings since June 1. Manager Alex Cora continues to put him in key spots, but one wonders how much longer can he turn to Kelly in tight games.

Joe Kelly
RP BOS
3 months ago

Kelly, who had left his previous outing after experiencing lightheadedness, threw a scoreless eighth inning in Monday's 5-0 win over Texas. He allowed a hit and struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly shook off a leadoff single to record his third consecutive scoreless outing. Manager Alex Cora still has confidence in the Kelly, who had an 8.31 ERA during the month of June. The right-hander has pitched the eighth inning in eight of his previous nine appearances.

Joe Kelly
RP BOS
3 months ago

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Kelly (illness) was available out of the bullpen during Sunday's 7-4 win over the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly experienced some lightheadedness during his appearance Saturday, but felt considerably better after hydrating overnight. He ultimately wasn't used in the series finale, but Cora stressed that Kelly's absence was mostly precautionary with the Red Sox getting extra reinforcement for the bullpen with the additions of callups William Cuevas and Ryan Brasier. Kelly, who maintains a 3.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 39 appearances on the season, should reprise his setup role Monday against the Rangers if the contest is competitive.

Joe Kelly
RP BOS
3 months ago

Kelly left Saturday's game with an apparent injury, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly got the first two outs of the eighth inning but some sort of injury prevented him from completing the frame. He left the game after a brief visit from the team trainer and manager Alex Cora. Brandon Workman replaced Kelly on the mound.

Joe Kelly
RP BOS
5 months ago

Kelly walked one and struck out one over a scoreless inning to log his eighth hold of the season in Friday's 6-2 win over Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly hasn't allowed a run over his last seven seven outings, holding opponents to one hit and two walks over 6.1 innings. After a spectacular flame-out on Opening Day, Kelly has been electric out of Boston's bullpen. In 22 appearances since he allowed four runs in a third of an inning March 29, Kelly has allowed one run on 10 hits and six walks while striking out 25 over 23.1 innings.

Joe Kelly
RP BOS
6 months ago

Kelly (suspension) was reinstated to the Red Sox's active roster prior to Wednesday's game, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly was forced to serve a six-game suspension due to his role in a benches-clearing brawl against the Yankees on April 12. The reliever will slide back into his high-leverage role immediately, and has logged a 3.09 ERA and 0.86 WHIP over 11.2 innings in 11 appearances this season.

Joe Kelly
RP BOS
6 months ago

Kelly, who began serving a six game suspension Thursday, has held left-handed batters to one hit over 20 at-bats.

EDGE Analysis

Kelly has become manager Alex Cora's sneaky weapon against left-handed batters, but the manager will not have the right-hander until May 2. Without Kelly, Cora will look to a traditional left-hander, Brian Johnson, to get left-handed hitters out.