Baker wonders if fatigue played role in Papelbon's collapse vs. Padres

Sunday was not a banner day for a Nationals bullpen that has for the most part exceeded expectations this season.First, setup man Shawn Kelley -
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Padres score 4 in 9th to take series from Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) The San Diego Padres hit back-to-back homers off Shawn Kelley in the eighth inning and scored four runs off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth to beat the Washington Nationals 10-6 on Sunday. San Diego won two of three against Washington to earn its first series victory over the Nationals since May 2011. Ryan Buchter (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Why Max Scherzer and Shawn Kelley Mock Each Other’s Grunts

WASHINGTON — Nationals hurler Max Scherzer turned up the heat for his scoreless sixth inning against the American League Monday night. After inducing a groundout from Eric Hosmer (Scherzer was the only pitcher Hosmer didn’t get a hit against), and a flyout from Carlos Beltran, Scherzer reached back for something special on his fifth pitch to Matt Wieters. According to Statcast...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley is throwing the ball as hard as ever

Uncertainty surrounded the Nationals’ bullpen when Jonathan Papelbon landed on the disabled list a month ago. Papelbon is on the wrong side of his peak but he was effective and there wasn’t an obvious replacement at closer. Ultimately, Manager Dusty Baker chose Shawn Kelley, with four saves before this season, to replace Papelbon. What could have […]
Via Nationals Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley Likely Out Friday: ‘I Hate Being Honest’

WASHINGTON — Honesty is always the best policy, right? In most situations, the alternative to honesty can hurt feelings and damage relationships. But in some situations, it can be much worse. Washington Nationals reliever and interim closer Shawn Kelley understands that concept, having torn his ulnar collateral ligament twice, requiring a pair of Tommy John surgeries. Now, when...
June 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley on Why He Would Decline All-Star Invite

WASHINGTON — Shawn Kelley has been one of the best relievers in baseball for the Nationals this season. After giving up a two-run home run to Mets first baseman Eric Campbell on Tuesday, Kelley remains dominant through 20 innings, having allowed only two runs on 11 hits and three walks — a rate of 0.875 walks and hits per inning pitched — for a 1.13 ERA. He has 22 strikeouts...
May 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley quietly off to a strong start in the Nationals bullpen

For many, Shawn Kelley was a bit of an enigma early in the season. He signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Nationals in the offseason thanks to high strikeout rates, but the veteran reliever had only finished a season with an ERA below 3.00 once in his career. He started 2016 solidly but slowly, tossing 89 mph […]
Via Nationals Journal
May 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley (Future Closer?) to Padres

The Padres acquired yet another player today, as the new General Manager continues to trade away the prospects the past General Manager acquired for win-now assets. You could call Shawn Kelley just a reliever, but that doesn’t make him sound special. He is a little special, though, and he could absolutely close. A word from […]
Via Fangraphs
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Odd good-luck charm credited for Yanks' winning streak

With time winding down on the season and the New York Yankees’ hopes of making the postseason dwindling, relief pitcher Shawn Kelley may have inadvertently stumbled upon the team’s good luck charm while perusing Amazon. Kelley last week debuted a particularly disturbing-looking horse head mask during pregame stretches and since then, the Yankees have not dropped a game. Since...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Laz Diaz once again decided to make a spectacle out of himself last night

On Monday night, Laz Diaz gave the 39,701 fans at Angel Stadium what they wanted when he put on a show in the eighth inning before ejecting Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley. After Kelley jawed with Diaz for what he felt was a tight strike zone, Diaz spent ten seconds essentially brushing Kelley off and antagonizing him before ejecting him from the game. The crowd roared with pleasure...
Via The Outside Corner
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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