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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wallace State CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Craig Kimbrel earned his seventh save of the season Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Orioles.
Kimbrel was called into the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after Joe Kelly gave up a run on three hits and promptly induced a pop-out from Manny Machado to end it. Kimbrel has a stellar 1.93 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, and 17/2 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings this season. He is 7-for-8 in save opportunities. Apr 23 - 5:22 PM

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Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff homer to blow a save Thursday, but he ended up with a win after pitching two scoreless innings against Toronto.

Kimbrel caught a bad break right off the bat, when his first curve to Kendrys Morales wasn't called a strike despite catching plenty of the plate. He grooved the next pitch, a fastball, and Morales hit it out to center, tying the game at 1-1. Kimbrel was dominant after that, striking out five of the remaining six batters he faced. He looks much sharper than he did during the latter portion of last season.
Apr 20 - 3:58 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning against the Rays on Monday for his sixth save of the season.

Kimbrel struck out Corey Dickerson swinging before getting Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria looking. He needed 15 pitches to get through the frame. This wraps up a dominant series against the Rays for Kimbrel, who has pitched in three straight games. Look for him to get the day off Tuesday.
Apr 17 - 2:18 PM

Craig Kimbrel nailed down his fifth save of the season Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Rays 7-5.

Kimbrel picked up two strikeouts in an easy 10-pitch frame to seal the victory for Boston. The right-hander is rocking a 1.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with nine strikeouts in six innings this season.
Apr 16 - 6:15 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save of the season Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Rays.

Kimbrel’s command has abandoned him at times this year, but he was downright dominant on Saturday. He punched out Rickie Weeks and Shane Peterson before Logna Morrison grounded out to end the game. Kimbrel has now converted 23 saves in a row, the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Zach Britton. He’s also strung together 20 straight saves at Fenway Park, the second-longest streak in team history behind Tom Gordon. Kimbrel remains a top-shelf fantasy option in all formats.
Apr 15 - 9:10 PM

Craig Kimbrel made things interesting in the ninth inning against the Tigers on Sunday but escaped with his second save of the season.

Kimbrel entered with a three-run advantage and proceeded to walk the first two hitters he faced, bringing the potential tying run to the plate with the heart of the Tigers' order due up. He bounced back to strike out Miguel Cabrera and after surrendering an RBI single to Victor Martinez he fanned Justin Upton and Tyler Collins to end the contest.
Apr 9 - 4:45 PM

Craig Kimbrel yielded a hit but struck out two in a scoreless inning to record the save in Monday's win over the Pirates.

Josh Bell doubled off of Kimbrel to lead off the inning, but the closer responded by getting Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer to go down swinging. After hitting Adam Frazier with a pitch to put the tying run on base, Kimbrel induced a foulout from Starling Marte. If Kimbrel can bring his walks back down after last season's control issues, his ERA should come down with it.
Apr 3 - 5:48 PM

Craig Kimbrel had a shaky inning Monday, giving up two runs to the Orioles.

Kimbrel's velocity wasn't up to par in this one, though the Red Sox indicated afterwards that nothing was wrong. Kimbrel has now given up five runs in six innings this spring. With Tyler Thornburg DL bound, the back of the Red Sox bullpen could be a weak point early on, even though the Red Sox have sacrificed way too much talent to build it up.
Mar 27 - 5:30 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, Thursday as the Red Sox beat Team USA 7-5 in an exhibition.

Team USA used Red Sox minor league pitchers throughout the entire contest, and the hitters never scored until the eighth, when half of the lineup had been replaced by Red Sox minor leaguers. It makes one wonder why Team USA plays exhibitions at all. Kimbrel, who turned down his chance to pitch for Team USA after serving as the team's closer last time around, worked the third inning today, giving up a hit only to Christian Yelich.
Mar 9 - 4:25 PM

Craig Kimbrel is not going to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, per Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.

Kimbrel served as the closer for Team USA back in 2013, but he's passing this time around. With Kimbrel out of the mix, that leaves two representatives from the Red Sox participating. Xander Bogaerts will play for the Netherlands while Hanley Ramirez is set to play for the Dominican Republic.
Jan 19 - 5:48 PM

After throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday, Craig Kimbrel said that his mechanical issues have been improving.

Kimbrel struggled down the stretch for the AL East champs, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on three hits over nine innings. He also issued nine walks in that space. Six of those walks came in his final three appearances of the season. All of this was enough for reporters to ask manager John Farrell if a change was going to be made at closer. On Sunday, he said, "At this moment, no." Not exactly a vote of confidence, but pitching coach Carl Willis believes that the flamethrowing closer's issues stem from a mechanical issue, one which Kimbrel was working to iron out on Wednesday. The Red Sox open the ALDS against the Indians on Thursday.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 06:04:00 PM

When asked if he would consider moving Craig Kimbrel out of the closer role, Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "At this moment, no."

Kimbrel had another dicey outing in Saturday's loss to Toronto and has now walked six batters over his last three appearances. Meanwhile setup man Koji Uehara hasn't allowed a run since returning from the disabled list last month. Pitching coach Carl Willis noticed a flaw in Kimbrel's mechanics and thinks it will be an easy fix. With the playoffs starting up next week, Kimbrel could be on a short leash.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:09:00 AM

Craig Kimbrel wiggled out of a shaky ninth inning Friday against the Blue Jays for his 31st save of the season.

Kimbrel was pulled after walking three straight batters in his last appearance against the Yankees and the control was again on issue on Friday. He issued a pair of walks in the frame, but managed to strike out Dioner Navarro swinging to end the threat and lock down the victory. Kimbrel has only blown two saves this season, but he has looked much more human than we’ve been accustomed to in his career. How he handles the pressure of the postseason will be interesting.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 11:47:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel walked three and gave up four runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Yankees.

No matter how many strikeouts he's recorded, Kimbrel hasn't much moved the dial for the Red Sox in the regular season this year, not with his 3.35 ERA and five losses. Still, the postseason was a huge factor in the team's decision to pay such a high price to get him, and there's still time for Kimbrel to prove his value then.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 01:29:00 AM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two Orioles in a perfect ninth inning Thursday, earning his 29th save of the year.

Kimbrel drew the bottom third of the Orioles order and made quick work of it, fanning J.J. Hardy and pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim before getting Matt Wieters to fly out to end it. Kimbrel has now rattled off seven scoreless outings and hasn't allowed an earned run since August 9. The 28-year-old has a 2.52 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 80/24 K/BB ratio over 50 innings to go along with those 29 saves.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 12:08:00 AM

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C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Brock Holt
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Steve Selsky
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
8Brian Johnson
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robbie Ross
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Robby Scott