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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 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

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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

Craig Kimbrel allowed a run on two hits and a walk but struck out three in earning a four-out save Saturday against the Orioles.

After the O's put two on with two outs in the eighth inning, Kimbrel was called on to get out of the jam. He did so, striking out Adam Jones. A two-out RBI double and a walk brought the tying run to the plate, but the right-hander punched out Seth Smith to end the threat and the game. Kimbrel now has 16 saves to go with a 1.07 ERA, 0.47 WHIP and 48/4 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings overall.
Jun 4 - 12:10 AM

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth Wednesday for his 15th save.

Kimbrel threw 14 pitches tonight after coming in at 27 in 1 1/3 innings Tuesday. One imagines he'll get Thursday off now, which could lead to a save chance for Matt Barnes or Joe Kelly.
May 31 - 11:28 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Brock Holt
2Deven Marrero
3Josh Rutledge
4Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Doug Fister
8Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Matt Barnes
5Chris Sale
6Heath Hembree
7Fernando Abad
8Brandon Workman
9Robbie Ross
10Blaine Boyer
11Ben Taylor
12Kyle Martin