Kelley got his second one-out save in as many days Friday, allowing one hit before striking out Eduardo Nunez to preserve a win over the Giants. As he had the night before, Nats manager Dusty Baker used a left-handed reliever (Felipe Rivero on Friday, Oliver Perez on Thursday) to face a couple of lefties prior to summoning Kelley, which suggests that closing opportunities could depend on matchups until Jonathan Papelbon gets his job back or the team adds a high-profile closer at the trade deadline. Nonetheless, it was Kelley who notched his second straight save Friday and sixth of the season, so he could make for a useful short-term saves play.
Kelley came on to record the final out of Thursday's win over the Giants for his fifth save of the year. Jonathan Papelbon started the inning, but got yanked, with the Nats ultimately piecing it together with Oliver Perez and then Kelley. With Papelbon struggling as the closer, Kelley could be in for a full-time promotion to the ninth-inning role. Snatch him up in fantasy before the announcement.
Kelley allowed two runs on three hits while striking out four over 1.1 innings to earn his fourth save of the year Wednesday at the Mets. Kelley came on to protect a two-run lead with runners on second and third and two out in the eighth inning and struck out Alejandro De Aza to end the threat. However, he then gave up a two-run homer to James Loney with one out in the ninth inning to make things interesting before securing the save. He's now allowed runs to score on him in three of his last four outings, and his ERA is at 3.00 on the year.
Kelley allowed one run on two hits while striking out three over 1.1 innings to earn his third save of the year Sunday at the Brewers. Kelly was protecting a one-run lead, and after retiring the first two hitters in the ninth inning, he gave up a solo homer and a triple before getting Scooter Gennett to fly out to end the contest. After blowing a save in his last outing, giving up a run in this contest gives him a pair of shaky outings in a row, though he still has an excellent 2.60 ERA.
Kelley pitched 0.2 perfect innings to earn his second save of the season Thursday at the Padres. Kelley came on to protect a four-run lead with two runners on, and he allowed a sacrifice fly before inducing a ground out to close out the victory. He's now converted both of his save opportunities since Jonathan Papelbon went on the disabled list, and Kelley boasts a 2.45 ERA to go along with a 0.82 WHIP.