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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wallace State CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / ATL
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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. Oct 5 - 6:04 PM

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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.
Oct 2 - 12:09 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.
Sep 30 - 11:47 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.
Sep 29 - 1:29 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.
Sep 23 - 12:08 AM

Craig Kimbrel pitched around a walk to record his 28th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

On to protect a three-run lead, Kimbrel issued a two-out walk to Pedro Alvarez but got J.J. Hardy to ground into a fielder's choice to end it. He had some ups and downs in the first half, but Kimbrel has been dominant since the All-Star break with just one run and five hits allowed.
Sep 20 - 11:04 PM

Craig Kimbrel notched a two-out save Friday against the Yankees.

Fernando Abad got the ball with a 7-2 lead to begin the ninth inning, but he was eventually pulled after giving up a two-run homer to Billy Butler and hitting Brett Gardner with a pitch. Kimbrel put out the fire to lock down the victory by striking out Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez. The 28-year-old is now up to 26 saves on the year and hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 12 appearances.
Sep 16 - 10:35 PM

Craig Kimbrel tallied his 24th save of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays.

Kimbrel struck out one and needed just 10 total pitches in a flawless top of the ninth inning. The right-hander owns a 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 69/21 K/BB ratio in 44 innings this season as the Red Sox closer.
Aug 31 - 4:55 PM

Craig Kimbrel threw a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Rays to earn his 23rd save.

Kimbrel struck out two in the inning, but he hit Logan Morrison with two outs to bring the winning run to the plate. He got Steven Souza to fly out to end the game, closing out his 23rd save in 25 chances. The right-hander owns a 3.05 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 65/21 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings this year.
Aug 23 - 10:29 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two in 1 1/3 scoreless innings to collect his 22nd save of the season on Saturday versus the Tigers.

He was called upon to get the last out of the eighth inning with two runners aboard and retired Miguel Cabrera on a line-out to left. He gave up a double to Justin Upton with two outs in the ninth but whiffed Casey McGehee to close out the game. Kimbrel seems to have rounded into form after battling a knee injury. He has a 3.12 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings.
Aug 21 - 1:13 AM

Craig Kimbrel will not be available for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

This is just a typical day off for Kimbrel after pitching in back-to-back games. Even beyond the recent workload, the flamethrowing reliever is still regaining his strength after undergoing left knee surgery earlier this summer. Should the Red Sox need a closer on Wednesday, they will likely turn to Brad Ziegler.
Aug 17 - 5:44 PM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 21st save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

The Red Sox' bullpen generally had a tough time in this one after Eduardo Rodriguez left with a hamstring injury, but Kimbrel had no problems protecting a two-run lead setting down the O's quickly on nine pitches. The closer has dealt with some knee soreness recently but has three straight scoreless appearances.
Aug 16 - 10:26 PM

Craig Kimbrel earned his 20th save of the season on Monday afternoon against the Indians.

Kimbrel yielded a leadoff double to Francisco Lindor and then walked Mike Napoli, but he struck out Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis before inducing a game-ending infield pop-out from Abraham Almonte. Kimbrel has a 3.32 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 60/21 K/BB ratio in 38 innings this season at the back end of the Boston bullpen.
Aug 15 - 4:14 PM

Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Saturday to earn his 19th save of the season.

Kimbrel walked four batters before being removed from his last save chance, so it was a good return to form for the 28-year-old. He struck out one without allowing a baserunner in the inning of work. It has easily been the worst year of Kimbrel's career -- and even then, a 3.41 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 58/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings is hardly terrible -- but he's converted 19 of 22 save chances and remains entrenched as the Sox closer.
Aug 13 - 11:34 PM

Craig Kimbrel was pulled from a save chance after walking four batters in two-thirds of an inning in a win over the Yankees.

Kimbrel retired two of the first three batters he faced but then walked three straight to force in a run. Matt Barnes relieved him and struck out Mark Teixeira to end it. Kimbrel admitted after the game that he's dealing with a little soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. It doesn't sound like it will send him back to the disabled list, but he could need a few days off. Brad Ziegler is probably the better bet to fill in if Kimbrel needs time off, even after Barnes finished things off Tuesday.
Aug 9 - 11:35 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Blake Swihart
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Marco Hernandez
3Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Deven Marrero
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Brock Holt
3Chris Young
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
2Junior Lake
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Clay Buchholz
8Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Fernando Abad
4Matt Barnes
5Robbie Ross
6Joe Kelly
7Robby Scott
8Heath Hembree
9Noe Ramirez
10Brandon Workman
11Carson Smith
12Kyle Martin
13Luis Ysla