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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
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that he will consider using Craig Kimbrel in non-save situations next season.
If a higher-leverage situation presents itself earlier in the game -- say, the seventh or eighth inning -- the new Boston skipper said he might deploy Kimbrel without worrying about his closer's saves total. It's a smart baseball strategy, though it could obviously present some frustrating days and nights for fantasy owners. Kimbrel dominated to the tune of a 1.43 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 126/14 K/BB ratio in 69 innings this past season. Tue, Dec 12, 2017 05:15:00 PM

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Red Sox exercised RHP Craig Kimbrel's $13 million club option for 2018.

Kimbrel was one of the top closers in baseball this year, delivering a 1.43 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 126/14 K/BB ratio in 69 innings while tallying 35 saves. The 29-year-old right-hander is scheduled to become a free agent next winter.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 11:14:00 AM

Craig Kimbrel was presented the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award before Saturday's World Series Game 4.

Kimbrel received the award for posting a microscopic 1.43 ERA and 0.68 WHIP while striking out 126 batters in 69 innings for the Red Sox this season. The 29-year-old also won one in 2014 as a member of the Braves, the only pitcher to win both the Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, named after the former Padres closer, award. Kenley Jansen won the award for National League relievers in 2017.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 08:12:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds and finished with his 35th save of the season.

Kimbrel also had a strikeout, punching out Jesse Winker to end the game. It's been a sensational year for the former Brave and Padre, as he now owns a 1.34 ERA with a whopping 122 strikeouts in 67 innings.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds on Friday for his 34th save of the season.

He needed just eight pitches to finish off the victory. Kimbrel gave up a one-out single to Zack Cozart, but he induced a double-play grounder from Joey Votto to end the game. The 29-year-old hasn't been scored upon since August 28, lowering his ERA to 1.36 for the year.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:52:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two batters in a clean ninth inning to earn a save against the Rays on Saturday.

He is just about as close to unhittable as it gets in major league baseball. He has a 1.43 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 63 innings. The former Brave and Padre is 5-0 with 33 saves in 37 chances.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 09:26:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel sat down the side in order on Friday against the Yankees for his 32nd save of the season.

Kimbrel needed 15 pitches to lock down the win, including a strikeout of Gary Sanchez. He’s delivered back-to-back clean appearances since his rocky outing against the Blue Jays on Monday. Kimbrel is 32-for-36 in save chances this year to go along with a ridiculous 1.55 ERA and 106/11 K/BB ratio over 58 innings.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 10:13:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth against the Blue Jays on Tuesday to earn his third save in three days.

Addison Reed also worked in his third straight game tonight, so the Red Sox might have to cobble things together if they have another late lead on Wednesday. That could result in a save chance for Brandon Workman.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 10:05:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel secured his 30th save of the season Monday against the Blue Jays despite giving up a two-run homer to Justin Smoak.

We’ve become accustomed to near-perfection this season, but even the best have a night off here and there. In addition to the homer from Smoak, Kimbrel walked two batters in the frame. It was the second time all season that he allowed more than one run in an appearance and the first time that he walked more than one batter. The most important thing is that he got the job done as the Red Sox snapped their four-game losing streak.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 12:23:00 AM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 29th save Friday after striking out the side against the Yankees.

The Red Sox now have a five-game lead in the AL East. Kimbrel needed just 14 pitches to set the Yankees down in order. He now has seven straight scoreless appearances under his belt. He’s struck out at least two batters in all of them. Kimbrel has been nothing short of amazing this year, with a 1.38 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, and 97/8 K/BB ratio over 52 innings.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 11:42:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel picked up his fourth victory of the season on Sunday, firing 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees.

Kimbrel was called upon to get the final out in the ninth inning of a tied game, then worked a perfect 10th after the Red Sox had taken the lead. Kimbrel has been outstanding throughout the season, compiling a 1.45 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and 92/8 K/BB ratio across 49 2/3 innings.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 11:52:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel whiffed all three batters he faced while recording a save versus the Rays on Tuesday.

He punched out Lucas Duda, Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison with ease to protect a lead for Chris Sale. It was his 28th save of the season to go with his shiny 1.48 ERA. He has an amazing 90 strikeouts and eight walks in 48 2/3 innings.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 11:19:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel earned his 27th save of the season on Sunday afternoon against the White Sox.

Kimbrel surrendered a leadoff single to Yolmer Sanchez in the top of the ninth, but he retired the next three batters he faced -- two via strikeout -- to seal a 6-3 victory for the host Red Sox. Kimbrel boasts a lights-out 1.51 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and 87/8 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings this season as Boston's closer.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the White Sox on Saturday.

He drilled Leury Garcia with a pitch leading off the inning, then picked him off first base. Kimbrel now has 26 saves in 30 chances. He has a superb 1.54 ERA with 85 strikeouts and eight walks in 46 2/3 innings.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 10:30:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel took his fourth blown save, only to wind up with his third win, after giving up two runs in the ninth versus the Indians on Tuesday.

Kimbrel immediately surrendered the game-tying homer to Francisco Lindor to begin the inning. That figured to be the end of it, particularly once he retired the next two batters, but two singles, a walk and a wild pitch resulted in another run and put Kimbrel in line for the loss before the offense bailed him out. It was the first time all year that he'd allowed three hits or multiple runs in an appearance.
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 11:26:00 PM

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