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Joe Kelly | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 188
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joe Kelly took a no-decision, allowing five runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings as the Red Sox fell to the White Sox on Monday.
The White Sox jumped on Kelly immediately for four runs in the first inning and tacked on another in the third. The right-hander allowed seven hits and hit a batter while walking none and striking out two. 2015 just hasn't been his year, as he stands with a 5.94 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP, and a 68/32 K/BB ratio over 83 1/3 innings. Kelly will look for something positive to come out of this weekend's home start versus the Rays. Jul 27 - 11:22 PM

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Joe Kelly gave up four runs and three homers in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

Kelly's struggles are largely a result of him not being a very good pitcher. There are other factors at play, but that's would seem to be the big one. Despite that, Red Sox manager John Farrell gave Kelly a vote of confidence after Wednesday's game, saying he'll stick in the rotation for now. Perhaps a date with the struggling White Sox on Monday will help Kelly get on track.
Jul 22 - 11:33 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Joe Kelly from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Kelly will start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against the Astros. It's not clear whether this is a permanent return to the rotation for the 27-year-old right-hander, who did show some positive signs on the farm. He has a rough 5.67 ERA in 14 starts this season for Boston and is a poor fantasy option versus Houston.
Jul 22 - 5:23 PM

Joe Kelly will be recalled to start on Wednesday in Houston.

Everyone else in the rotation will be pushed back. Kelly was booted from the big league rotation last month after posting a 5.67 ERA over 14 starts, but he's rebounded at Triple-A Pawtucket with a 2.84 mark over four outings. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Jul 21 - 6:15 PM

Joe Kelly left his minor league start Wednesday after being hit in the arm by a line drive.

The extent of the injury, or even what it is, is still unclear. Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on June 25 after struggling in the major league rotation. He was being considered for a bullpen role with the big club before Wednesday's incident.
Jul 8 - 7:53 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Kelly was sporting a rough 5.67 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 60/31 K/BB ratio through 74 2/3 innings (14 starts) this season for the Red Sox. The 27-year-old has good velocity and a wide array of pitches, but he's been roughed up pretty consistently since leaving St. Louis. Kelly's future may be in the bullpen. Justin Masterson will take the rotation vacancy for now.
Jun 25 - 11:26 AM

Joe Kelly was battered by the Orioles on Tuesday, allowing eight hits and five runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss.

Kelly hasn't been good for much of the season, but the start was actually his worst since May 25. A three-run homer was among his eight hits allowed, and Kelly also walked two in the outing. Kelly is now 2-5 with a 5.67 ERA and 1.50 WHIP through 14 starts. Seemingly without a better option, Kelly will likely make his next turn Sunday at the Rays.
Jun 23 - 10:26 PM

Joe Kelly yielded two runs in five-plus innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Braves.

Kelly was pulled with a 2-1 lead after the Braves got the first two men on in the sixth. One came around to score from there, leaving him with a no-decision. He wasn't hit hard tonight, but neither was he anything special. With his strikeout rate sinking again, the Red Sox need to reevaluate whether it's really worth going forward with him in the rotation. He might be more helpful in the pen.
Jun 17 - 10:48 PM

Joe Kelly was handed a no-decision after allowing four runs over six innings against the Blue Jays.

Kelly held the Blue Jays to one run over the first four innings before giving up three in the fifth. He left in position for the win, but the bullpen eventually gave up the lead in epic fashion. Kelly struck out three and walked a pair in the no-decision and still owns an ugly 5.45 ERA on the year. He can't be trusted in most fantasy leagues.
Jun 12 - 11:20 PM

Joe Kelly hurled six innings of one-run ball Saturday in a win over the Athletics.

Kelly limited the Oakland offense to four hits and two walks in his second strong outing since reports began to swirl that his rotation spot was on "thin ice." The 26-year-old right-hander still has an ugly 5.40 ERA and 1.42 WHIP on the season, but he may be turning a corner here. Kelly will look to stay hot next week versus a dangerous Blue Jays offense.
Jun 6 - 7:25 PM

Joe Kelly allowed two runs on six hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Kelly struck out three and walked two in the contest. Both runs against him came courtesy of Adrian Beltre, who hit an RBI groundout in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. Kelly needed a start like this, as he was shelled for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings by the Twins in his last start and there have been rumblings that his rotation spot is no longer secure. Sunday's start wasn't spectacular, but it was serviceable enough that it might keep him in the rotation for the time being. He's going to need to produce better than his current 5.83 ERA and 1.46 WHIP moving forward, though. If Kelly is graced another start, it'll come against the Athletics at Fenway.
May 31 - 6:49 PM

According to Sean McAdam of, Joe Kelly is "clearly on thin ice" with the Red Sox.

Kelly was blasted for seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings Monday against the Twins and now owns a 6.24 ERA for the year. The plans calls for him to get one more start to show that he's making progress. If he stumbles, the Red Sox could demote him to Triple-A and call up prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to take his place in the rotation.
May 26 - 11:49 AM

Joe Kelly was crushed for seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Twins.

Kelly came into Monday's outing with back-to-back solid starts, but this was anything but. After giving up a sacrifice fly in the first inning, he allowed six runs in the second before being chased from the game. The big blow was a three-run homer off the bat of Trevor Plouffe. He allowed nine of the 14 batters he faced to reach base and failed to record a strikeout. Kelly now owns an ugly 6.24 ERA through nine starts this season and his time in Boston's rotation could be nearing an end.
May 25 - 5:30 PM

Joe Kelly surrendered two runs in seven innings and struck out seven against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Kelly still hasn't won since April 11, but he has given himself some job security with two fine outings in a row. He has a 5.13 ERA for the season, though it comes with a 1.31 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.
May 20 - 10:53 PM

Joe Kelly fired 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Mariners on Thursday.

The man who promised he'd win the Cy Young Award this season entered the game with a 6.35 ERA and had yielded five or more earned runs in four consecutive outings. Kelly wasn't exactly unhittable in this one, yielding five hits, walking three and striking out a pair. Still, this is a step in the right direction. He gets the Rangers next time.
May 15 - 1:05 AM

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