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Joe Kelly | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 188
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Joe Kelly allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday.

Kelly was dominant in his season debut against the Yankees last season, but he wasn't nearly as efficient this time around, as he threw 118 pitches and couldn't get out of the sixth inning. He allowed four hits (including a home run to Caleb Joseph) and two walks while striking out three batters. The velocity is there for Kelly -- he was still throwing in the mid-90s in his final frame -- but he hasn't found a way to parlay that into sustained success as a starter yet.
Apr 17 - 11:04 PM

Joe Kelly was outstanding in his season debut against the Yankees on Saturday, earning a victory by allowing just one run on one hit and a pair of walks across seven innings.

Kelly racked up eight strikeouts on the impressive afternoon. The Yankees had him on the ropes in the second inning, but could manage only a sacrifice fly off the bat of Didi Gregorius. Kelly would settle in masterfully afterwards, retiring the final 17 hitters that he faced. He'll be a popular free agent pickup before Friday's start against the Orioles. Remember that he was facing an exhausted Yankees team in this one.
Apr 11 - 4:22 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Joe Kelly from the 15-day disabled list.

Kelly will make his season debut on Saturday against the Yankees. The 26-year-old hurler dealt with a bout of biceps tendinitis during spring training, but looked good in a recent bullpen session. He makes for an interesting cheap option in daily leagues against a depleted Yankees lineup on Saturday.
Apr 11 - 11:04 AM

Joe Kelly (biceps) will start Saturday against the Yankees.

The expectation was that Steven Wright would make a spot-start, but Red Sox manager John Farrell was encouraged by what he saw during Kelly's most recent bullpen session. The 26-year-old came down with biceps tendinitis, but he's apparently ready to go. We'd be careful about trusting him in fantasy leagues, though.
Apr 9 - 5:02 PM

Joe Kelly (biceps) will make another tuneup start before joining Boston's starting rotation.

Which means Steven Wright is going to start Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Kelly threw 78 free-and-easy pitches in a minor league game Monday in Fort Myers, Florida, but the Red Sox want to get him to 90 pitches before they let him face major league competition. Kelly is recovering from mid-March biceps tendinitis.
Apr 8 - 5:00 PM

Joe Kelly (biceps) threw 78 pitches in a minor league game Monday morning in Fort Myers, Florida.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday afternoon that he'd like Kelly to pitch another minor league game to build his arm strength, so that would presumably rule the right-hander out for April 11 -- which had been talked about as a target date for his debut. Kelly will be in Boston's starting rotation by the end of the month. He's not a great fantasy option in standard formats.
Apr 6 - 1:06 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with right biceps tightness.

The Red Sox hope that he'll be ready to go when they first need a fifth starter on April 11. Kelly threw 65 pitches in a minor league game on Wednesday without any known after effects, so it's reasonable to think he should be ready for a major league contest in a little over a week.
Apr 3 - 3:42 PM

Joe Kelly (biceps) pitched four innings in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Kelly threw 65 pitches. This was his first game action in almost two weeks. He'll likely need another few starts to build up his arm strength before he's ready to contribute to the Red Sox. Prior to the injury, Kelly had given up 17 hits in just seven and a third spring innings. He pitched to a 4.20 ERA and 1.349 WHIP over 91 innings between the Cardinals and the Red Sox last season.
Apr 1 - 2:46 PM

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