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The Republican Jun 21, 2017
John Farrell, Boston Red Sox manager, explains avoiding Craig Kimbrel & going with Robby Scott vs. Salvador Perez

John Farrell, Boston Red Sox manager, explains avoiding Craig Kimbrel & going with Robby Scott vs. Salvador Perez

Red Sox manager John Farrell didn't consider using Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning, which is in stark contrast to how he used him on the previous road trip
Sports Illustrated Jun 19, 2017

Special K: Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is compiling one of the greatest seasons ever

Relievers have never been more dominant, and none is more imposing than Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel. He’s the ultimate late-inning weapon—and the worst nightmare of anyone who wants to see the ball put in play
Fenway Nation Jun 19, 2017
Bogey Blasts Two HRs, Red Sox Sail Into First, 6-5

Bogey Blasts Two HRs, Red Sox Sail Into First, 6-5

(AP Photo)Xander Bogaerts doubled his season home run total by smacking two, while Andrew Benintendi and Christina Vazquez gunned down key runners in Boston's 6-5 win over the 'oh-so-mighty' Astros. The win moved the Red Sox into a virtual first-place tie with The Bronx Embalmers—who lost their sixth straight. David Price was just barely good enough to win—going five innings and giving up three earned runs (and two HRs in 107 pitches). Five bullpen members went four innings—giving up two earned runs. Craig Kimbrel closed it out in the ninth for his 20th save. On to Kansas City.
Fenway Nation Jun 17, 2017
Mookie And The Pom Shine, Red Sox Beat 'Stros, 2-1

Mookie And The Pom Shine, Red Sox Beat 'Stros, 2-1

(AP Photo)If Drew Pomeranz pitches like he did tonight, the Red Sox will be a very successful team. The lefty hurled 6.2 innings—giving up just one earned run (a solo HR) on only four hits. With the game tied at 1-1 in the eighth, Mookie Betts clouted a first pitch home run to make it 2-1—the eventual final score. The bullpen took over from there—with Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel (save #19) closing it out. Dustin Pedroia contributed two hits in the win, and Mitch Moreland drove in the other run in the contest. The win pulled Boston to within 1.5 games of The Evil Ones—who...
Over the Monster Jun 12, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: MLB Draft, Jackie Bradley, Craig Kimbrel

Daily Red Sox Links: MLB Draft, Jackie Bradley, Craig Kimbrel

Today’s links look at tonight’s MLB draft, the underrated bullpen, and an update on injured pitchers. Tonight is the draft, which is always a big day around the league. The Red Sox have done well on this day in years past. (Chad Jennings; Boston Herald) Sox Prospects has a preview on who the Red Sox may be selecting at various points of this draft. (Mike Andrews; Sox Prospects) Jackie Bradley is starting to catch fire, and one drill may have paved the way. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Scott Lauber opines that the Red Sox are playing with fire in how they are dealing with Craig...
Red Sox: Craig Kimbrel Has Reemerged as the Best Closer in Baseball

Red Sox: Craig Kimbrel Has Reemerged as the Best Closer in Baseball

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel hadstrayed slightly from the best closer in baseball conversation. In 2017, however, hes back and worthy of the honor.It was only a few seasons ago when Craig Kimbrel was widely regarded as the best closer in MLB. Between 2011-2014 with the Atlanta Br...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 9, 2017
Tigers lose late lead, drop opener to Red Sox at Fenway

Tigers lose late lead, drop opener to Red Sox at Fenway

Mitch Moreland hit a game-tying RBI single and then scored on Jackie Bradley Jr.s two-run bomb as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 5-3 on Friday night. BOSTON -- The Detroit Tigers were on the verge of escaping the eighth inning with a tie and thus avoiding Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel for at least another inning. But Mitch Moreland hit a game-tying RBI single and then scored on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two-run bomb as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 5-3 on Friday night at Fenway Park. In the ninth, Kimbrel padded his ridiculous numbers by striking out his 54th and...
Bless You Boys Jun 9, 2017
Tigers vs. Red Sox Preview: Detroit takes aim at spot starter Brian Johnson

Tigers vs. Red Sox Preview: Detroit takes aim at spot starter Brian Johnson

Early offense will probably win the day in this game. For all the jokes we toss at Dave Dombrowski and his awful bullpen building, the Boston Red Sox have actually done quite well in the later innings this year. Their 3.19 bullpen ERA is the fifth-lowest in baseball, while their 3.27 FIP is just a hair higher. They are one of seven teams with at least 3.0 fWAR from their ‘pen thus far. Closer Craig Kimbrel is better than ever, with an obscene 55.2 percent strikeout rate in 26 2⁄3 innings. The rest of the unit has been solid as well. So, if you’re the Detroit Tigers, you better score...
Over the Monster Jun 8, 2017
Craig Kimbrel’s usage and some possible solutions

Craig Kimbrel’s usage and some possible solutions

Craig Kimbrel’s usage has been thrilling, but also possibly a problem. The Red Sox bullpen, for all of their solid results this year, still doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. There have been good performances from all over the unit, but the consistency hasn’t always been there and the track record definitely isn’t there, for the most part. To this point, there’s been but one shining light in the unit and that’s Craig Kimbrel. We all know how amazing he’s been, with his 1.01 ERA and his strikeout rate of 18 per nine innings, or two per inning. That is, in a word,...
Full Count | WEEI Jun 7, 2017

John Farrell on D&H: ‘Priority is his rest’ for Craig Kimbrel’s usage

After Tuesday night’s four-out save, the fifth time this season Craig Kimbrel was used for more than one inning of work, John Farrell spoke about his closer’s usage on his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show. For the full interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page. Despite Farrell’s recent […]
Fenway Nation Jun 7, 2017
Carson Smith Throws Twenty Pitches In Workout Today

Carson Smith Throws Twenty Pitches In Workout Today

Well, it's something. Carson Smith—thirteen months out from Tommy John surgery—worked out today in New York. The reliever threw twenty pitches with "stand-in" hitters Dustin Pedroia and Andrew Benintendi watching in the batter's box. The right-hander—who was slated to be the "set-up" guy in the 8th inning for closer Craig Kimbrel—may be ready to go on a minor-league rehab assignment soon. Don't hold your breath.
Fenway Nation Jun 7, 2017
Sox Sock Evil Ones Out Of Bronx, Take Game One, 5-4

Sox Sock Evil Ones Out Of Bronx, Take Game One, 5-4

(AP Photo)The Red Sox had only six hits last night at The Concrete Bunker On 161st Street—but three of them were home runs. Mitch Moreland (2-run blast), Andrew Benintendi (solo) and Hanley Ramirez (solo) accounted for four of the five runs needed to smite The Pinstriped Posers 5-4. While Drew Pomeranz delivered another solid start—he lasted just five innings due to an excessive pitch count. The bullpen—once again—came through big time, particularly Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel (who struck out five in 1.1 innings for his 17th save). This was a very sweet win—with a lasting memory of...
Over the Monster Jun 7, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz, Carl Everett

Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz, Carl Everett

Today’s links give props to Craig Kimbrel, wonder how to best handle Drew Pomeranz plus a hypothetical about Carl Everett. The Yankees clearly want the rivalry to be back, as they had a little fun on social media at the expense of David Ortiz. (Darren Hartwell; NESN) Craig Kimbrel. You the real MVP. (Christopher Smith; MassLive) Drew Pomeranz pitched fairly well last night, but he also threw a ton of pitches. The Red Sox should consider taking better care of him. (Steve Buckley; Boston Herald) With Eduardo Rodriguez headed to the deadline, will there be an effect on how the Red Sox...
Fenway Nation Jun 4, 2017
See-Saw Sox Seize Win Number Thirty, Beat O's, 5-2

See-Saw Sox Seize Win Number Thirty, Beat O's, 5-2

(AP Photo)Only seven MLB teams have at least 30 wins. Your "up-and-down" Carmine Hose are one of them. A solid start by David Price—who took a three-hitter into the eighth inning—resulted in his first win of 2017. The lefty went seven innings plus, yielding those three hits and one run—while striking out seven in the eventual 5-2 win. The offense was paced by a two-run HR by Hanley Ramirez—who clouted his seventh in the fourth inning. HanRam ended up with three RBIs—with Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts netting the other two RBIs. Craig Kimbrel notched his shakiest save since April...

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