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Craig Kimbrel finding balance and dominating again

Following his most recent outing — a nine-pitch save that included two strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians on May 22 — the following stat about Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is quite notable: Kimbrel has allowed 1 hit since April 24th. It's May 22. — Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) May 22, 2016 That’s pretty good. Kimbrel has come a long way in his first two months...
Via Today's Knuckleball
13 hours ago

Braves trade for pick #76 in 2016 draft

I’m really glad that baseball began allowing the trading of some draft picks. And so are the Braves. Atlanta used the acquisition of additional draft picks to their advantage last year by trading for two additional selections, one as a part of the major Craig Kimbrel trade with the Padres and the other in a pure salary dump trade with the Diamondbacks*. For this year’s draft...
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1 day ago

Red Sox Earn Solid Marks So Far On Four Major Offseason Acquisitions

The Boston Red Sox seemed to have a loaded team when they made a flurry of moves in the offseason. The club went all out to get an ace in David Price, signing the lefty to a seven-year, $217 million contract. They unloaded four prospects — outfielder Manuel Margot, infielders Javier Guerra and Carlos Asuaje, and left-hander Logan Allen — for All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel. The...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel’s Curveball Is Key To Red Sox Closer Overcoming Struggles

raig Kimbrel has an elite fastball that routinely sits in the upper-90s, but the key to reestablishing Kimbrel’s dominance will center around his curveball, or slider, or knuckle-curve, or whatever you want to call it. Kimbrel on Sunday night blew his first save of the season, but it wasn’t the first time he’s struggled this season. Kimbrel grooved a fastball to Colby Rasmus...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski: Craig Kimbrel Will Bounce Back Next Time On The Mound

Craig Kimbrel’s first appearance with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park didn’t go as planned, but everyone has rough outings from time to time. It’s all about how you bounce back, and Kimbrel might get a chance to do just that as early as Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles. “It’s interesting because with Dennis (Eckersley) sitting over there, I remember having...
April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel Gets Red Sox Personalized Watches As Opening Day Gift

Craig Kimbrel is one of the best closers in Major League Baseball, and apparently, he’s also one of the best teammates. The reliever made his Red Sox debut Tuesday, walking one and striking out two to preserve Boston’s 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians, but that’s not the only reason his teammates were thanking him. Kimbrel also bought the Red Sox personalized Movado watches...
April 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel is Dominating Spring Training

(March 14, 2016 - Source: Leon Halip/Getty Images North America)Evan MarinofskyContributing WriterI know, I know: it's Spring Training. Numbers should be ignored whether they're good or bad.But Craig Kimbrel's numbers are just too good to sneeze at.In five innings of work this spring, he has nine strikeouts and no walks. He's also only given up one hit and that was in his first inning...
Via RedSoxLife
March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel Showed a Changeup

There’s a difference between saying a pitcher has a changeup, and saying a pitcher throws a changeup. Pretty much every pitcher has a changeup — all it takes is once or twice having messed around with the grip and the delivery. If a guy has thrown a changeup, and remembers what he did, it could be said the same guy has a changeup. But to say a guy throws a changeup — that...
Via Fangraphs
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox acquire Craig Kimbrel for four minor leaguers

One day after I wrote about the relief market developing quickly with respect to Darren O’Day, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Red Sox acquired veteran closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres. In return, San Diego gets four young players: Infielders Carlos Asuaje and Javy Guerra, outfielder Manuel Margot, and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen The Padres traded for Kimbrel less...
Via The Outside Corner
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees, Astros reportedly both pursuing Craig Kimbrel

By Joe Lucia San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel could be on the move for the second time in four months. The Padres haven’t made any trades this July, yet are reportedly in discussions with multiple teams about multiple players, including Kimbrel. The teams hottest on Kimbrel? The AL East leading Yankees and AL West leading Astros. The Padres spoke overnight with both the...
Via The Outside Corner
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

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