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Craig Kimbrel gets an inning of work against Team USA
Craig Kimbrel allowed one hit and didn't walk a batter while striking out two in one inning of relief during Thursday's game against Team USA.
Kimbrel hopes to improve on a rough 2016 season when he battled injuries along with control issues. While he managed to save 31 games for the Red Sox he did end up with a 3.40 ERA and 5.1 BB/9. Kimbrel is healthy coming into 2017 and should feel more comfortable in Boston in his second season. Expect a bounce back year from the closer and he is a good value in fantasy drafts as his ADP has dropped.
Craig Kimbrel may be in danger of losing closer role
Craig Kimbrel allowed one run on a walk, a wild pitch and two sacrifices in one inning in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Toronto. Boston's closer has walked six of the last 13 batters faced and has been tagged with losses in two of the last three games. When asked if he would consider moving Craig Kimbrel out of the closer role, Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "At this moment, no."
With the playoffs days away this is the worst time for Kimbrel to lose his control on the mound. This will be an interesting decision for the Red Sox. But Kimbrel has been a dominant closer for years and should be able to right himself if not for the playoffs than for next season.
Craig Kimbrel sees save number 31
Craig Kimbrel picked up save 31 on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched 1.0 innings, walked two batters, and struck out one. No hits were allowed, nor were any runs.
Kimbrel is wrapping up a strong season. He has a WHIP of 1.10 for the year.
Craig Kimbrel sees second loss
Craig Kimbrel picked up his second loss of the season on Wednesday after giving up four earned runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the New York Yankees.
Kimbrel gave up three walks and just one hit. No outs were earned. His win-loss record for the season is now 2-5.
Craig Kimbrel picks up save number 29
Craig Kimbrel picked up another save on Thursday, pitching 1.0 innings to help close out the Boston Red Sox win over the Baltimore Orioles. He struck out two batters, giving up no hits or walks.
Kimbrel is having a phenomenal latter part of the season. His WHIP now stands at 1.00 for the year.
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