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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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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

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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

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Joe Kelly will remain in the team's rotation "for the time being."

Kelly is striking out hitters at an improved clip, but he's also allowed at least five runs in four straight starts to push his ERA for the season up to 6.35. Top prospects Henry Owens or Eduardo Rodriguez could get a shot if the Red Sox decide to make a change.
May 10 - 11:42 AM

Joe Kelly struggled in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, surrendering six runs on four hits and seven walks over 5 2/3 innings.

The seven free passes tie for the most that any hurler has allowed in a game this season. Kelly did manage to punch out three on the afternoon. The Jays broke the game open in the fourth inning with a three-run blast off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion. Kelly's proclamation that he'd win the Cy Young Award this season doesn't look good thus far, as he'll head into Thursday's start against the Mariners in Seattle with a horrifying 6.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through 34 innings.
May 9 - 4:22 PM

Joe Kelly was hit hard in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday, surrendering five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 frames.

Kelly struck out three and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. The Yankees got to him early, with Mark Teixeira blasting a two-run homer in the first inning. They would tack on another three runs in the third to jump out to a commanding lead. Kelly has struggled during his time in the Red Sox rotation, compiling a 5.72 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 31/8 K/BB ratio over 28 1/3 innings. He'll look to right the ship when he does battle against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday.
May 4 - 12:02 AM

Joe Kelly struggled in Monday's no-decision against the Blue Jays despite striking out 10 batters, as he allowed five runs in six innings of work.

The Jays jumped on Kelly immediately, scoring three times in the first inning before adding one run in the third and fourth innings. Overall, Kelly yielded five hits and walked three along with the 10 strikeouts. The right-hander, now with two decent starts and two mediocre starts under his belt, has a 4.94 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and a 28/8 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. Kelly matches up with the Yankees at home in his next outing.
Apr 27 - 9:39 PM

After opening up with five innings of one-run ball Joe Kelly was charged with four runs without getting an out in the sixth Wednesday against the Rays.

Kelly struck out seven before giving up four straight singles and a bases-loaded walk in the sixth. It might have helped had manager John Farrell been a little quicker to go to the pen, but since he was prepping his weakest relievers anyway (Craig Breslow and Edward Mujica), it probably wouldn't have made much of a difference.
Apr 22 - 10:45 PM

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