Craig Kimbrel
Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel (RP)

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Craig Kimbrel sees second loss

Thu, Sep 29th 9:09am EDT
By Matthew Young

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.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel gave up three walks and just one hit. No outs were earned. His win-loss record for the season is now 2-5.

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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.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is having a phenomenal latter part of the season. His WHIP now stands at 1.00 for the year.

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Craig Kimbrel picked up his 26th save Friday against the Yankees, striking out the only two batters he faced. Kimbrel was called upon to salvage the ninth inning after Fernando Abad ran into trouble, and he quickly dispatched Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez on strikes to quash the rally.

Fantasy Impact: Over his last ten games pitched, Kimbrel has not given up a run. Over that span, he has six saves and 13 strikeouts over eight innings pitched. After a rough patch earlier in the season and dealing with a knee injury the veteran righty has been one of the top closers in fantasy.

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Craig Kimbrel picked up his 25th save of the season Sunday, striking out two and walking one in the ninth inning of Boston's 11-8 win over Toronto.

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox pitchers struggled with the Blue Jay bats all day on Sunday but Kimbrel was able to come on in the ninth and save the game. He is now 25 for 27 in save opportunities this season and is a top five closer in fantasy.

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Craig Kimbrel entered Sunday's game to start the ninth inning in a non-save situation, then allowed a walk and a double to take the loss in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Athletics.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel did not help himself on Sunday but didn't get any help from his teammates as Brock Holt missed played a ball that led to the walk-off win. The closer is still one of the top five in the game and has 24 saves, 2.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the season.

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Craig Kimbrel earns a loss

Mon, Sep 5th 5:51am EDT
By Matthew Young

Craig Kimbrel earned his fourth loss of the year as the Boston Red Sox lost to the Oakland Athletics, 0-1. Kimbrel pitched less than an inning, but gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel gave up just one walk and one hit, but it was enough to earn a loss. No outs were gained in the ninth while Kimbrel was on the mound.

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Craig Kimbrel nailed down the Rays in order to record his 24th save of the season in an 8-6 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel has struggled with injuries in his first season with Boston. But when he has been on the mound he has been a top-notch closer. He has 24 saves and a 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 69 strikeouts over 44 innings this year.

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Craig Kimbrel has not blown a save since May 28 and has only allowed one run in the second half, but he has not pitched since August 24. He has 17 strikeouts in nine innings this month, converting six saves and registering a hold. Kimbrel is 23-for-25 in save attempts this season and has a 3.00 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel has been far from the top ranked RP this season, but seven strikeouts and no walks over his last four outings shows that he is on the way back. He missed most of the month of July and has allowed one earned run and two hits in August.


Craig Kimbrel had a strong finish Tuesday night, picking up his 23rd save of the season. He pitched 1.0 innings, had two strikeouts, no walks, and no hits.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is looking very impressive over the last few weeks. His WHIP has now been lowered to 1.06.

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Craig Kimbrel picked up his 22nd save of the season on Saturday, helping the Boston Red Sox earn a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. Kimbrel pitched 1.1 innings, giving up one hit.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel gave up a hit, but no runs or walks were allowed during this time. He struck out two batters. His WHIP is currently 1.09.

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Craig Kimbrel earned his 21st save of the year on Tuesday as the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel pitched just 1.0 innings, but had a strikeout, no hits, and no walks. His WHIP for the year is currently 1.10.

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Craig Kimbrel retired the Diamondbacks in order to earn his 19th save of the season. He also had a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners are glad to see Kimbrel nail down his first save since August 1. He has been struggling with a knee issue but fortunately, it was nothing serious and he did not need a stint on the disabled list. Look for Kimbrel to get back to being one of the top closers in the game.

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Craig Kimbrel experienced knee soreness during his attempted save Tuesday and is unsure if he will be available over the next couple days, the Providence Journal's Evan Drellich Reports. He missed almost a month with a knee injury and after three appearances since being activated off the DL, he is now being bothered by his knee again, which is clearly not good.

Fantasy Impact: Keep an eye on updates on Kimbrel as this could end up being another DL stint for the closer. It may be wise and be proactive and pick up Brad Ziegler if he is available in fantasy leagues in case Kimbrel does miss some time.

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Craig Kimbrel earned his second win of the season for the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, coming into the game late. He pitched 1.1 innings and had three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel's win-loss record stands at 2-3 this season as he is primarily a closer. His WHIP currently stands at 1.05.

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Craig Kimbrel earns 18th save

Tue, Aug 2nd 9:02am EDT
By Matthew Young

Craig Kimbrel is back in the Boston Red Sox lineup, earning his 18th save of the season in Monday's win over the Seattle Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel pitched 1.0 innings on Monday, striking out three and walking one. He earned the save, lowering his WHIP for the season to 1.09.

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Craig Kimbrel (knee) has been activated from the 15-day DL, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Jason Mastrodonato on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel will immediately move back into the closer's role for the Red Sox as Brad Ziegler who was covering will move back into a setup role. Kimbrel should be a top ten option for saves for the rest of the season.

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Craig Kimbrel (knee) is expected to join the Red Sox in Seattle and be activated from the disabled list on Monday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Kimbrel recorded just one out while facing three batters in a rehab outing with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, but the Red Sox simply needed to see him make it through the game without a setback before deciding to add him back to the major league roster.

Fantasy Impact: It is almost a certainty that Kimbrel will be activated on Monday. And he will slide right back into the closer's role for Boston. For those fantasy owners in weekly leagues, it should be safe to get Kimbrel in your lineup for the week.

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Craig Kimbrel (knee) will begin a rehabilitation assignment Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports. (Source: Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel looks to be on schedule to return to the Red Sox next week. The closer has been out since July 9 with a knee injury. Look for him to step right back into his role closing out games when he gets back.

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Craig Kimbrel will make a rehab appearance on Saturday, and he could be back with the Red Sox as soon as Monday, Aug. 1. (Source: Sean McAdam on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is of course if all continues to go well in his recovery from a knee injury he suffered earlier this month. He should slot right back into the closer role when he is healthy.

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Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch Sunday and will now throw a bullpen session Monday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Kimbrel was tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen Sunday, but it's getting pushed out one day. If all goes well Monday, he will throw another bullpen Wednesday then face hitters in a minor league game or simulated game after that, which could come as soon as Friday. (Source: Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: If Kimbrel follows the timetable set, he could be back sometime next week while the Red Sox are on an 11-game, West Coast road trip. This is good news for Kimbrel owners as it looked like the knee injury could knock out the closer for a longer period of time.

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Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment late next week. Kimbrel is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday and he'll do the same on Wednesday. If that all goes well, the next step may be a minor league game. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is progressing well from his knee surgery. He was projected to miss three to six weeks but it looks like it will be closer to three than six. He will go right back into his closer's role while Brad Ziegler who is currently holding down the job would move into the eight inning role.

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Craig Kimbrel (knee) threw from flat ground Wednesday and is on schedule to return from surgery within the initial three-to-six week timetable, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Jason Mastrodonato on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel had surgery on his knee on July 12th so to be throwing this soon is a good sign. Kimbrel should be back in mid-August and should be in top form for fantasy playoffs.

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Craig Kimbrel (knee) underwent successful left knee arthroscopy and partial medial meniscectomy Monday and will be out 3-6 weeks, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. Kimbrel's surgery went according to plan. He will now begin the rehab and recovery phase in an attempt to get back to full strength. (Source: Evan Drellich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While Kimbrel has struggled at times this season in his first year with the Red Sox he still has been a top ten closer. He has a career-high 3.55 ERA through 34 games for the Red Sox, but has still converted on 17 of his 19 save opportunities. Expect him to go right back into the closer role when he comes off the disabled list.

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Craig Kimbrel to have surgery

Sat, Jul 9th 1:29pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Craig Kimbrel is to have surgery on his left knee and should miss three to six weeks. Kimbrel is 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA and 17 saves this season. Newly acquired Brad Ziegler should get the closer's job. (Source: Tim Britton on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The acquisition of Ziegler should have scared Kimbrel owners and the cartilage surgery confirms their fears. Kimbrel has not been the top closer in baseball, as he was drafted as, and this only further depletes his value. Look at him as only a top-10 RP for the rest of the season.

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Craig Kimbrel injured his knee running before Friday's game and is awaiting the results of an MRI, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The issue cropped up on Kimbrel pregame. He underwent an MRI on Friday, the results of which the Red Sox will get on Saturday. Do not be surprised if Kimbrel misses the All-Star game as the team will be cautious with his injury. If Kimbrel does go on the DL, expect newly acquired Brad Ziegler to get the save chances.

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Craig Kimbrel closes strong

Thu, Jul 7th 9:58am EDT
By Matthew Young

Craig Kimbrel pitched 1.0 inning on Wednesday, capping a Boston Red Sox victory over the Texas Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel walked two batters and struck out two en route to completing the night. No hits were allowed. His WHIP is now 1.09.

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Craig Kimbrel picks up 17th save

Sat, Jul 2nd 5:31am EDT
By John Aubin

Craig Kimbrel secured his 17th save in Friday's 5-4 victory by working around a hit and a walk in the ninth inning. Despite allowing two baserunners, Kimbrel needed only 15 pitches overall to get out of the ninth.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel struggled to protect the one-run lead on Friday night but was able to get out of trouble and nailed down his fifth consecutive successfully converted save opportunity. For the season, Kimbrel is 17-for-19 in save chances this season to go along with a 2.53 ERA and 48/12 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.

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Craig Kimbrel (0-3) took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout while lasting just 0.2 innings in the top of the tenth against the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: There is no reason for Kimbrel fantasy owners to panic. Kimbrel is having a great season despite his 0-3 record. His ERA is 2.59 and has an outstanding 0.79 WHIP with 16 saves and a 13.50 K/9.

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Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in a perfect inning Sunday against the Mariners to capture his 16th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: After blowing a save on May 28, Kimbrel has had seven straight scoreless outings and only allowed two baserunners over that stretch. Kimbrel is showing that he is one of the top closers in fantasy once again this season.

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Craig Kimbrel completed one inning for the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, earning a save in the process.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel gave up one hit on Saturday, but had no walks in his appearance. His WHIP rose slightly to 0.85.

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Craig Kimbrel caps Boston win

Wed, Jun 1st 12:34pm EDT
By Matthew Young

Craig Kimbrel closed the game out for the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, pitching one inning. He had two strikeouts and no hits were allowed as the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-2.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is finding his groove as the Boston closer. His WHIP now stands at 0.84 for the season.

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Craig Kimbrel (0-2) blew his second save of the season in Saturday's 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays, surrendering four hits and two earned runs over 1.1 innings. He struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Ater a rough start to the season, Kimbrel has been lights out as a closer with the Red Sox with 12 saves. The Red Sox bullpen as a whole did not do their job on Saturday including Kimbrel. There is no reason to panic. Kimbrel is a stud and one of the top closers in the game.

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Kimbrel earned his 12th save with a perfect ninth inning while striking out two Sunday against the Indians. Kimbrel was protecting a three-run lead, and he needed only nine pitches to close out the victory.

Fantasy Impact: After a rocky start to the beginning of the season, Kimbrel has settled in as Boston's closer. He’s now held opponents scoreless over his last 10 outings, and he boasts a 2.37 ERA to go along with a 0.74 WHIP.

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Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 10th save of the season on Sunday, as the Red Sox topped the Astros.Kimbrel retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, striking out Tyler White and Carlos Gomez and inducing a lineout from Luis Valbuena

Fantasy Impact: After a rough start to the season, Craig Kimbrel has settled in as Boston's closer. He has been dominant in May, as he has not given up an earned run for the month and has three saves. Expect vintage Kimbrel for the rest of the season and for him to finish as a top closer.

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Craig Kimbrel blew his first save of the season Sunday versus the Astros, allowing two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel struggled on Sunday against the Astros and the outing brought his ERA over five for the season. Kimbrel is still a top closer in fantasy despite the slow start and should have plenty of save opportunities this season.

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Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in order on Wednesday against the Orioles for his second save of the year.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel showed there was no need to panic after giving up a three-run homer to Chris Davis of the Orioles on Monday to blow a save. He came right back on Wednesday to strike out the side against Baltimore. Kimbrel will be one of the top closers in baseball and in fantasy this season.

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Craig Kimbrel took his first loss of the year Monday, allowing three runs on a three-run Chris Davis home run. Kimbrel had walked Caleb Joseph and Manny Machado to put the baserunners aboard for Davis' blast.

Fantasy Impact: This was certainly an outing to forget for Kimbrel. To blow the save in his first home opener in a Red Sox uniform is disappointing, but this has happened before and he has always recovered in fine fashion. Expect him to nail down a save in his next opportunity.

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Craig Kimbrel recorded his first save for the Red Sox by pitching a perfect ninth in Friday's 8-7 victory over the Blue Jays. He also struck out a batter.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel has looked good in his first two appearances with Boston. He should be able to bounce back from a tough year in San Diego to be a top closer in fantasy once again.

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Craig Kimbrel will make his preseason debut with the Boston Red Sox on Friday. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel was picked up by Boston over the offseason from the San Diego Padres. This will be a key game for him as he has missed training time for personal reasons.


Craig Kimbrel has missed the last two days of camp with the Red Sox due to a private family matter. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This should not effect Kimbrel's readiness for opening day. He is a veteran and does not need to take long to get ready. He should be one of the top relievers off the board in fantasy drafts this season.


The Red Sox have acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres in exchange for four prospects. (Source: Red Sox on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel joins stud late-inning arm Koji Uehara at the back of Boston's bullpen. The Red Sox surrendered four top-30 prospects for Kimbrel, including two that were considered by many to be among the top 100 prospects league-wide.

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Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn his 39th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite closer, as he has been for the last few seasons.

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Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning of a tie ballgame Thursday. The Padres scored in the bottom of the inning, bringing Kimbrel a win for the second straight day. The win was his fourth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite closer and this time he got you the win without the pesky blown save.

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Kimbrel gave up the tying run (although unearned) while striking out two. The Padres would score in the bottom of the inning to win. The blown save was Kimbrel's fourth while the win was his third.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is still an elite closer.

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Craig Kimbrel with another save

Thu, Sep 17th 1:47am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Kimbrel went one and one third perfect innings striking out three. The save was his 37th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite closer. Own him in leagues where saves are a category that can be won.

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Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo HR to Nolan Arenado for his third blown save of the season but the Padres answered back in the bottom of the ninth to give Kimbrel his second win of the season. He struck out two batters and only allowed the one hit.

Fantasy Impact: He is still an elite closer.

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Kimbrel pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout to earn his 36th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Craig Kimbrel is an elite closer. Own him in as many leagues as you can that have RP as a position and saves as a category.

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Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to earn his 35th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is still elite. I wonder if saves against the Braves are any sweeter for him this season.

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Kimbrel went an inning and gave up a run on two hits and a walk, though he did get two strikeouts. He still earned his 34th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: It was not his usual domination but it got the job done. He is still elite.

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Craig Kimbrel with another save

Sun, Aug 16th 3:24am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning on Saturday to get his 33rd save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite closer. Own him and enjoy.

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Craig Kimbrel went a perfect inning with a strikeout to record his 32nd save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is elite. If he is eligible in your league, own him.

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A day after he had a rare blown save, he bounced back with a perfect inning to earn his 31st save.

Fantasy Impact: He is elite. Own him

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Craig Kimbrel gave up a HR in the ninth inning to Dietrich. It was his second blown save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Ok, he is human. He is still elite.

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Astros and Padres are working on a deal to acquire Tyson Ross and Craig Kimbrel. The players being sent back to San Diego are still unknown but Houston has plenty of prospects to offer. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Ross and Kimbrel head to Houston they become huge targets in AL-only leagues. You better hope you have plenty of FAAB budget left if that's your league format.

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Craig Kimbrel with his 30th save

Thu, Jul 30th 11:56pm EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Craig Kimbrel went a perfect inning with one strikeout to get his 30th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite closer. In fact, ever since his name showed up in a trade rumor to my favorite team, I have checked the news several times a day with the intense desire to see that he was traded to them.

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Craig Kimbrel is up to 29 saves

Mon, Jul 27th 4:27am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Kimbrel pitched a perfect inning to pick up his 29th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is still elite. I will check into how much it might cost to have that carved into a stone tablet.

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Kimbrel went an inning only allowing one walk to secure his 27th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: This is your periodical reminder that Kimbrel is an elite closer/

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Craig Kimbrel went one perfect inning on Saturday where he struck out all three batters he faced. The save was his 25th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Regular readers of my updates know what I am about to say. For the rest of you, Kimbrel is an elite closer.

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Craig Kimbrel threw a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn his 24th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite closer. Own him.

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Craig Kimbrel went one and one third innings allowing a run on three hits. Despite the run given up, he still got his 23rd save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Ok, it turns out Kimbrel is mortal after all. However, (you guessed it) Craig Kimbrel is still an elite closer.

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Craig Kimbrel went a perfect inning striking out all three batters to earn his 22nd save of the year.

Fantasy Impact: Rather than researching how to say the usual in another language, I will merely remind you that Kimbrel is an elite closer.

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Craig Kimbrel closed out the 2-1 victory for the Padres. The save was his 21st of the season.

Fantasy Impact: No language lesson today. Own him if your league counts saves.

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Craig Kimbrel came in to the 11th inning and got three outs to gain his twentieth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Another game, another save. This time I will repeat the "Kimbrel is an elite closer" in Greek. Craig Kimbrel eínai mia elít pio kontá. The translation is brought to you from Google's translation service.

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Craig Kimbrel came in with a two run lead and other than a walk with two outs, he kept Arizona down to earn his 19th save.

Fantasy Impact: Another game, another save. This time I will repeat the "Kimbrel is an elite closer" in French. Kimbrel est plus proche d'une élite. The translation is brought to you from Google's translation service.

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Kimbrel finished the game out Tuesday with three strikeouts with only one walk allowed. He notched his 18th save of the year.

Fantasy Impact: I am struggling to find fresh new ways to say that he is an elite closer, so I will try Spanish. Kimbrel es una élite más cerca. This translation is brought to you by Google's translation service.

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Coming off his rough appearance earlier in the week, Kimbrel had a few people worried. Thursday he responded with a solid performance in saving his 17th save.

Fantasy Impact: No, I am not going to get the phrase "Craig Kimbrel is still an elite closer" tattooed onto my body. However, the phrase still applies.

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Craig Kimbrel loses

Wed, Jun 17th 12:33am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Craig Kimbrel came into a tie game in the ninth. He gave up the game winning run before getting out of the inning. In his inning of work, he allowed a hit and walked two batter with one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Ok, this one stings a little as it was not some blowout where he came too loose but rather the game was on the line and he faltered. However, do not let the disappointment cloud the fact that he still is an elite closer.

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Craig Kimbrel with another save

Sun, Jun 14th 12:52am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Craig Kimbrel goes a scoreless inning striking out one and walking one. He got his 16th save.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is still elite.

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Craig Kimbrel was perfect in the 11th inning to pick up his 15th save on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Another strong performance puts earlier struggles further in the past. He is still elite.

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Kimbrel pitched a perfect 11th inning to secure the 5-3 extra inning victory on Monday. It was his 14th save of the year and the 200th of his career.

Fantasy Impact: After looking too human in his last two outings, it was nice to see Kimbrel shut a team down in order. He is still an elite closer.

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After a rough outing in a non-save situation earlier this week, Craig Kimbrel got a chance for redemption on Saturday. He came in with a two run lead and shut the Reds down to preserve the 9-7 victory.

Fantasy Impact: It was not a flawless performance as he gave up a hit and a walk, but he got the job done for his 13th save in 14 attempts. He even threw in two strike outs for his owners. He is still an elite closer on a team that looks like it could be a contender for the playoffs.

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Kimbrel went an inning giving up a run on two hits and allowing a walk.

Fantasy Impact: It is not uncommon for closers to come in for non-save situations and struggle. He is still 12-for13 in save opportunities and a top RP. As long as he is converting his save opportunities and striking out more than a batter an inning, have patience with the ratios, which are likely to come down.

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Craig Kimbrel allowed no runs and no hits in an inning of work against the Pirates on Friday. He also struckout two in the appearance.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel came in with a 2-2 tie in the ninth and pitched wonderfully, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Then he got to sit back and enjoy watching the Padres bats load the bases before a Derek Norris walkoff Grand Slam HR to get the W. Keep Kimbrel active in all but the most shallow of fantasy formats.

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Craig Kimbrel allowed no runs and no hits in one inning of relief against the Angels on Tuesday. He also walked and struckout a batter in the appearance.

Fantasy Impact: This was not the season fantasy owners, the Padres, or certainly Kimbrel was looking for. His ERA is an abysmal 5.29, and while he's doing decently in saves (11), there hasn't been a clean one since May 8th. The positive for owners, Kimbrel has had at least one strikeout in every outing in May, totaling 15 in 8 1/3 innings.

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Craig Kimbrel secured his sixth save of the season on Sunday. He is now a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities on the season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is one of the elite closers in baseball & will continue to get plenty of save opportunities on a very good San Diego Padres team.

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Bud Black has been using Kimbrel at will early in the season. He has logged 4 IP with a K/IP and a spotless ERA at 0.00.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel has 2 saves on the season and is in a much better situation in San Diego. The Padres pitching staff will keep them in a lot of close games and the park is also a benefit to the hard throwing closer.


This is a major move on the part of new Braves GM John Hart. It addresses big needs in the OF for the Braves, primarily CF and LF, with the acquisition of CF Cameron Maybin, LF Carlos Quentin, RHP Matt Wisler, and OF Jordan Paroubeck. Wisler was the Padres top pitching prospect. No money was exchanged in the deal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move may help defensively but Maybin is not an offensive producer while Quentin has had some offensive success. He will likely share time in LF with Jonny Gomes.

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Braves reportedly trade RP Kimbrel, OF Upton to Padres for OFs Maybin, Quentin and draft pick. (Source: NBC Sports on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is huge news for Kimbrel owners as he now moves to the Padres who should offer additional save opportunities for the stud closer. Joaquin Benoit will now longer be the closer in San Diego and Jason Grilli likely gets a promotion in Atlanta.

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Kimbrel has had a good spring, with an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 0.83. In the six innings he pitched this spring he recorded eight strikeouts while walking three.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is ready to light it up again this year. Still elite, his only limitation is pitching for a sub-par team. This won't much affect the results he will give fantasy owners, as he is still good for 35 saves in '15.

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Kimbrel has made five appearances this spring and his stats are vintage Kimbrel. Five innings pitched with one hit, three walks, and six strikeouts. His fastball is hitting 97 with regularity, proving he is ready for another great season.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel will get his saves this year despite the less than adequate offense. With Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson in setup roles, the route to saves has been paved. Draft him in all formats with confidence.


Kimbrel just keeps rocking along. He started out a little shaky this spring but he has allowed just one hit in his three outings and has yet to give up a run.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is a solid closer who will again dominate but will be limited a bit due to an anemic Braves offense. Draft in all formats.

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