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Brandon Kintzler | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 191
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Dixie State
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 40 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon Kintzler allowed a double but no runs while recording a save against the Indians on Saturday.
He retired the first two batters of the ninth inning before giving up a double to Francisco Lindor. He was able to induce Jason Kipnis into lining out to end the threat and the game. It was Kintzler's 20th save in 23 chances. He has a 2.78 ERA with 21 strikeouts and seven walks in 32 1/3 innings. His grip on the closer role is rock solid. Jun 24 - 9:41 PM

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Brandon Kintzler allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to register his 19th save of the season in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

Jose Berrios probably could have come back out to try for the complete game, but Kintzler was given the opportunity to put in an inning's work and mostly succeeded with it. He entered with the Twins holding a 4-2 lead and recorded two outs before Avisal Garcia picked up a single. Garcia would stay put, though, as Kintzler induced a ground out from Matt Davidson to end the game. He is now 19-for-22 in save chances and owns a 2.87 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 21/7 K/BB ratio across 31 1/3 innings.
Jun 21 - 11:30 PM

Brandon Kintzler notched his 16th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Mariners, tossing a clean ninth inning with two strikeouts.

Kintzler blew the save with two runs allowed on Wednesday, but he proved to have a short memory in Thursday's rebound appearance. He came on in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Twins clinging to a 2-1 lead -- one which he would not even threaten to squander. Kintzler needed just 12 pitches to polish off the frame. Overall, he is 16-of-19 in save chances while pitching to a 3.08 ERA and 18/7 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings.
Jun 9 - 1:09 AM

Brandon Kintzler blew his third save and took his first loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Mariners.

Mike Zunino hit a game-winning homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Kintzler has given up five runs in his last five appearances, taking his ERA from 1.71 to 3.20. The Twins don't have anyone they want replacing him in the closer's role, so they'll remain patient even if his recent struggles continue.
Jun 8 - 1:43 AM

Brandon Kintzler allowed a home run in the ninth inning but held on to earn a save during a 5-3 win over the Rays on Saturday.

He was protecting a three-run lead, so the solo home run by Colby Rasmus didn't have much impact. Kintzler now has 13 saves against just one blown save. He has a splendid 2.05 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.
May 27 - 6:26 PM

Brandon Kintzler nailed down his 12th save of the season Wednesday in the Twins' 4-3 defeat of the Orioles.

Kintzler gave up a leadoff single to Trey Mancini in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Jonathan Schoop promptly hit into a double play and J.J. Hardy struck out looking to end the game. Kintzler has a shiny 1.71 ERA in 21 innings this season and he is 12-for-13 in save chances.
May 24 - 4:11 PM

Brandon Kintzler worked around a hit and a walk to record his 11th save in Thursday night's win over the Rockies.

Kintzler got into a bit of a jam but did what he does well, getting Ian Desmond to ground into a double play to end the game. The 32-year-old isn't flashy but he's been effective thus far, securing 11 of 12 save chances among 17 appearances. Kintzler owns a 2.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 18 innings overall.
May 18 - 10:15 PM

Brandon Kintzler allowed a base hit in the ninth inning but held his opponents off the board as he earned a save against the Indians on Saturday.

Kintzler was considered one of the more vulnerable closers as the season began but has been one of the most reliable in the campaign's first six weeks. He has 10 saves and has blown only one chance. He doesn't strike out many batters but keeps the ball in the ballpark. He has a 2.12 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 17 innings.
May 13 - 8:37 PM

Brandon Kintzler slammed the door on the Indians in the ninth inning on Friday, retiring all three hitters he faced in order to protect a one-run advantage.

Kintzler earned his ninth save for his efforts. He has done a tremendous job in the closer's gig thus far, compiling a 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9/5 K/BB ratio across 16 innings. He doesn't generate the strikeout numbers that most fantasy owners covet from a closer, but his job security is very high at the moment.
May 12 - 9:49 PM

Brandon Kintzler got five outs to secure his eighth save Thursday against the White Sox.

Kintzler faced just five hitters, striking out three, in the efficient outing. He's now got eight saves in nine chances, putting up a 2.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. It's not sexy, but Kintzler's eight saves are fourth-most in the American League for a Twins teams that's one of the season's early surprises.
May 12 - 12:35 AM

Brandon Kintzler blew his first save of the season Friday against the Red Sox after giving up two runs on three hits in the ninth inning.

Asked to hold a 3-1 lead, Kintzler gave up a leadoff single to Mitch Moreland before Josh Rutledge followed with an infield single. Jackie Bradley, Jr. moved both runners into scoring position after grounding out and Chris Young brought them home with a single to left field. Kintzler bounced back by retiring the next two batters and actually got the win after Joe Mauer hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Kintzler has a 2.70 ERA through 13 appearances this season, but he’s going to run into trouble at times since he pitches to contact.
May 6 - 12:31 AM

Brandon Kintzler allowed a run but earned his seventh save on Sunday against the Royals.

Kintzler gave up a solo homer to Whit Merrifield with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but ultimately helped the Twins secure a 7-5 victory. It was the first run off the Minnesota closer in 2017. He is 7-for-7 in save opportunities.
Apr 30 - 6:46 PM

Brandon Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save Monday versus the Rangers.

Kintzler issued a two-out walk to Joey Gallo but induced a groundout from Jonathan Lucroy to seal the 3-2 victory. Minnesota's closer has opened the season with 9 1/3 scoreless frames.
Apr 24 - 11:57 PM

Brandon Kintzler slammed the door on the Tigers on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a three-run lead.

Kintzler picked up his fourth save of the season in his fourth opportunity. He allowed a leadoff single to Mikie Mahtook, but nothing came of it. The right-hander continues to build his job security and has yet to allow a run in 7 1/3 innings on the season.
Apr 21 - 11:24 PM

Brandon Kintzler earned his third save of the season in the Twins' defeat of the White Sox on Sunday.

Kintzler entered a jam in the eighth inning and hit the first batter he faced with the bases loaded to drive in Chicago's first run of the game. He then issued a leadoff walk to Melky Cabrera in the top of the ninth, but the 32-year-old right-hander retired the next three batters to seal the 4-1 victory.
Apr 9 - 6:40 PM

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