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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wallace State CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / ATL
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Craig Kimbrel accomplished a rare feat Thursday, striking out four batters in an inning of work against the Rangers.
Kimbrel worked through the heart of the Rangers' order, getting Nomar Mazara to strike out swinging -- and then watching as Mazara took first base anyway on a wild pitch -- before fanning Jonathan Lucroy, Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli to end it. As though Kimbrel needed the stat boost, he's now struck out 40 batters in 20 2/3 innings of work on the year. Thursday's outing wasn't a save chance, but the 28-year-old has 12 of those to date, along with a ridiculous 0.87 ERA and 0.39 WHIP on the year. May 26 - 12:13 AM

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Craig Kimbrel breezed through a save chance on eight pitches on Tuesday in St. Louis.

Kimbrel protecting a three-run lead with how he's throwing this season is about as money in the bank as it gets, and he disposed of the Cardinals quickly with a couple flyouts and a strikeout. He's given up just two runs this season and holds an absurd 34/2 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 frames.
May 16 - 11:57 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 11th save of the year Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Rays.

He got Evan Longoria to ground out for the first out of the inning before striking out Rickie Weeks and Logan Morrison to end the game. Coming off a relatively lackluster year in 2016, Kimbrel has been lights out this season, producing an incredible 1.08 ERA to go with a 0.48 WHIP and a 17.82 K/9. He’s struck out 13 of the last 15 hitters he’s faced.
May 13 - 4:22 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out five of the six hitters he faced for a win in relief Thursday against the Brewers.

The other reached on an infield single that deflected off Kimbrel's glove. Kimbrel has looked dominant this year in a way he never did in his first season in Boston. He has a 1.15 ERA and a 31/2 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.
May 11 - 4:55 PM

Craig Kimbrel recorded his ninth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning Tuesday versus the Orioles.

Kimbrel went through the heart of the O's order as he protected a three-run lead, getting a Manny Machado groundout, Mark Trumbo flyout and Chris Davis strikeout to end it. The closer has allowed just two baserunners and one run over his last eight appearances.
May 2 - 10:35 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out three batters in a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cubs for his eighth save of the season.

Kimbrel gave up a two-out double to Ben Zobrist to make things interesting, but he managed to strike out Addison Russell swinging to end it. It has been a dominant start to the year for Kimbrel, who has struck out 20 batters in 10 1/3 innings.
Apr 28 - 11:11 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Sam Travis
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Marco Hernandez
3Josh Rutledge
4Deven Marrero
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Brock Holt
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robby Scott
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Brandon Workman
10Blaine Boyer