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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 fired 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday as the Red Sox defeated the Mets 3-1.
It was another very good outing for Kelly, who's quietly putting together a promising second half. He'll finish August with a 6-0 record and a 2.68 ERA. The 27-year-old right-hander suddenly deserves consideration in mixed fantasy leagues with a stretch of favorable matchups ahead. Kelly gets the Phillies at home next. Aug 29 - 7:12 PM

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Joe Kelly limited the White Sox to two runs in 7 1/3 innings, snagging the win on Monday.

It's the first time Kelly pitched into the eighth inning all season and only the fourth time he's even gotten into the seventh. He gave up five hits -- including a Jose Abreu solo home run -- and a walk while striking out four. The right-hander has been better of late, holding a 1.82 ERA over his last four starts. On the season, Kelly owns a 5.18 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP and a 94/41 K/BB ratio over 113 innings. He'll face the Mets at Citi Field next.
Aug 24 - 11:51 PM

Joe Kelly allowed just an unearned run over six innings Wednesday to beat the Indians for his sixth win.

We're not sure a strong finish from Kelly would in the Red Sox's best interests, since it'd likely cause the team to pencil him right into the 2016 rotation. This makes three nice outings in a row for him, though, even if this one was less impressive from a control standpoint. He threw just 57 of his 100 pitches for strikes, and he finished with a 3/3 K/BB ratio.
Aug 19 - 11:09 PM

Joe Kelly picked up the win in Friday's showdown with the Mariners, allowing one run on four hits over six innings.

Kelly saw the Red Sox offense erupt for nine runs through three innings. The 27-year-old right-hander played nice with the lead and improved his record to 5-6 in the process. He struck out six and walked two on the afternoon. For the season, Kelly holds a 5.69 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 87/37 K/BB ratio across 99 2/3 innings. A Fenway start against the Indians is next up on his schedule.
Aug 14 - 10:57 PM

Joe Kelly racked up seven strikeouts on Friday while allowing just two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a victory over the Tigers.

The right-hander scattered seven hits and a pair of walks in the ballgame. The only damage against him came on a mighty two-run blast by J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning. Even with this strong start, Kelly still owns a horrifying 5.96 ERA and 1.55 WHIP on the season. He'll look to carry over the momentum from this start when he takes on the Mariners at home on Friday.
Aug 7 - 10:44 PM

Joe Kelly picked up his third victory of the season on Saturday despite allowing five runs on nine hits over five-plus innings against the Rays.

Kelly did manage to rack up six strikeouts on the afternoon while walking only one. Given the struggles in the Red Sox rotation this season, the right-hander continues to get additional chances at securing a spot, but once again has floundered. He'll head into Friday's start against the Tigers in Detroit looking to improve upon an underwhelming 6.11 ERA and 1.54 WHIP.
Aug 1 - 5:20 PM

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

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

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