After another non-ace appearance by David Price, Sox all-star closer Craig Kimbrel entered the game in the 9th with the score Texas 3, Boston 2. By the time his time was up, the score was Texas 7, Boston 2, and that’s how it would end. For the first time in his career, Kimbrel allowed four runs and and also for the first time in his career, he was unable to record an out.
Kimbrel has been awful in non-save situations
To say that Kimbrel is a different pitcher in save and non-save situations is an understatement of massive proportions.
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Kimbrel hasn’t always been bad in non-save settings
But he is this year (and hasn’t been great the past two years either).
Kimbrel has been a magnificent reliever over the years
Kimbrel has only allowed as many as three runs three times in a career spanning 388 appearances, but two of them have occurred this season in 33 games and both have been in non-save settings.
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Boston needs Kimbrel to pitch like Kimbrel every time out
The weaknesses in the Red Sox rotation is obvious, but it should be noted that only the Twins bullpen has allowed more runs per game than Boston’s.
As Yogi reputedly said…
Yogi Berra may have been referring both to the Boston bullpen and the Red Sox chances when he said, “It’s getting late early.”