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RHP Merrill Kelly took the loss on Saturday when he allowed four runs--three earned--on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in the D-Backs' 8-3 loss to the Dodgers.
The Dodgers hit Kelly around pretty hard in this one as he allowed 10 base runners over his six-plus innings. He gave up three runs in the first inning but one didn't count due to a Kole Calhoun throwing error. After that, he had a few close calls but didn't surrender another run until the seventh after Stefan Crichton allowed an inherited runner to score. Due to the unearned run on his tally, he ended up with a quality start but still took the loss. Kelly will carry a 7-8 record, 4.38 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 111:30 K/BB ratio over 129 1/3 innings (22 starts). He gets the Giants at home in his next start.
RHP Merrill Kelly earned the win on Saturday when he allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk over six innings as the D-Backs took down the Cubs 7-3.
Kelly did his job on Saturday, limiting the Cubs to just two runs over his six innings of work. Javier Baez grounded into a double play that scored a run in the third inning and Willson Contreras swatted a solo homer off of him in the fourth. He also punched out six batters for the second consecutive start. The 32-year-old owns a 7-7 record, 4.39 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 105:28 K/BB ratio over 123 innings (21 starts). Kelly has been drawing trade interest so there's a chance that this could have been his last start in a Diamondbacks uniform. If not, he'll face the Dodgers at home in his next turn.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports Merrill Kelly is drawing "a ton" of interest on the trade market, and the Phillies are among the teams who are interested.
Kelly is 4-0 with a 2.56 ERA in his last six starts and has a 2022 club option that a team could pick up if they trade for him. The 32-year-old pitches on Saturday against the Cubs in what could be his final start as a Diamondback.
RHP Merrill Kelly earned the win on Sunday when he surrendered four runs on six hits with six strikeouts over eight-plus innings in the D-Backs' victory over the Cubs.
Kelly was solid on Sunday, holding the Cubs scoreless over the first five innings. He coughed up a pair of RBI singles to Kris Bryant and Javier Baez in the sixth inning and allowed another two runs in the ninth before handing the ball over to Joakim Soria. Soria was able to hold on for the save and Kelly earned his sixth win of the year as a result. He now owns a 6-7 record, 4.46 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 99:27 K/BB ratio over 117 innings (20 starts). He'll face the Cubs again, this time in Chicago, in his next turn.
RHP Merrill Kelly didn't factor into the decision on Sunday when he allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk across 5 1/3 innings in the Diamondbacks' 7-4 loss to the Dodgers.
Kelly did a fine job holding down a Dodgers offense that put up a whopping 22 runs the game before. He only allowed one run courtesy of a Mookie Betts solo homer in the bottom of the first. Kelly has put up a 3.26 ERA over his last seven starts and has been a viable streamer in the right matchups. He'll take a 5-7 record, 4.46 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 93:27 K/BB ratio over 109.0 innings (19 starts) into the All-Star break.