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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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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. Sep 22 - 10:52 PM

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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.
Sep 16 - 9:26 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.
Sep 1 - 10:13 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.
Aug 29 - 10:05 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.
Aug 29 - 12:23 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.
Aug 18 - 11:42 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.
Aug 13 - 11:52 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.
Aug 8 - 11:19 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.
Aug 6 - 4:45 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.
Aug 5 - 10:30 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.
Aug 1 - 11:26 PM

Craig Kimbrel slammed the door on the Yankees in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless inning to protect a three-run lead and earn his 24th save of the season.

Kimbrel surrendered a one-out double to Didi Gregorius and a two-out walk to Brett Gardner, but was able to fan Chase Headley to end the ballgame. He has been perhaps the most dominant closer in the American League this season, compiling a 1.35 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 73/5 K/BB ratio across 40 innings.
Jul 16 - 11:16 PM

Craig Kimbrel blew his third save of the season Saturday against the Yankees.

Still gassed from his 10-pitch battle with Aaron Judge an inning earlier, Kimbrel served up a solo home run to Matt Holliday to begin the ninth. It was Kimbrel’s first blown save in 31 career chances at Fenway Park. Each of Kimbrel’s blown saves this year have come on leadoff homers in the ninth including one to Mike Napoli on July 3 and another by Kendrys Morales on April 20. Even after blowing the game Saturday—the Red Sox went on to lose 4-1 in an exhausting five-hour, 50-minute affair—Kimbrel still boasts an impressive 1.38 ERA over 39 innings this year.
Jul 15 - 11:29 PM

Craig Kimbrel set down the side in order in the bottom of the 11th inning for his 23rd save of the season.

Kimbrel doing Kimbrel things. He struck out one batter in the frame and threw 12 of his 15 pitches for strikes. He has blown just one save all year and holds a ridiculous 1.01 ERA, 0.48 WHIP, and 64/5 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 12:34 AM

Craig Kimbrel slammed the door on the Astros in the ninth inning on Sunday, protecting a one-run advantage to earn his 20th save of the season.

Kimbrel allowed a one-out single to Derek Fisher, who was cut down trying to steal second base to end the ballgame. Kimbrel has now made good on 20 of his first 21 save chances while compiling a 0.85 ERA, 0.44 WHIP and 59/5 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings. He remains one of the most dominant closers in all of baseball.
Jun 19 - 12:25 AM

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S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
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R1Craig Kimbrel
2Addison Reed
3Joe Kelly
4Matt Barnes
5Carson Smith
6Heath Hembree
7Fernando Abad
8Brandon Workman
9Blaine Boyer
10Austin Maddox
11Robbie Ross
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