Asher allowed three runs on five hits over six innings Friday in a 5-1 loss to the Mets. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Asher retired the first 11 hitters he faced before running into some trouble in the fourth inning. He was pulled in the seventh after allowing a Jay Bruce home run to lead off the inning. He finishes 2016 with a 2.28 ERA and a 13:4 K:BB in 27.2 innings. He will likely get a chance to compete for a rotation spot next spring.
Kimbrel walked two batters but managed to pitch a scoreless inning for his 31st save of the season in Friday night's 5-3 win over Toronto.
Including Kimbrel's meltdown Wednesday against the Yankees, Boston's closer has walked five batters in his last two appearances. His performance has been disconcerting, particularly after he and the team played so well in the month of September to clinch a spot in the postseason.
Walker fought control issues most of the night, throwing 113 pitches (69 strikes) but at least did a good job to strand runners. When he actually threw strikes, he was hard to touch, making just one mistake that resulted in a solo home run in his final inning. More was expected from Walker this season than eight wins and a 4.22 ERA. At one point, he was demoted to Triple-A with the team questioning his competitiveness. That, and a mid-season foot injury, limited him to 134.1 innings yet he still gave up 27 homers. In 25 outings, he recorded just nine quality starts. A late-season change with his mechanics seemed to help, though the results were hit-and-miss in his last five starts, as Friday's season finale can attest.
Pedroia is enjoying a very productive age-32 season that's been lost among many seasonal story lines -- David Ortiz's retirement tour, David Price's first-half struggles, the shoddy back end of the starting rotation, Steven Wright's All-Star season, the development of Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, a sometimes atrocious bullpen, and the questionable in-game decisions of manager John Farrell. Boston's second basemen has been rock through it all, never hitting any lower than .294 in a month and ranking sixth at his position with a 5.3 WAR.
Flores (wrist) will not return this season, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.
This comes as no surprise, as Flores has continued to suffer setbacks in his attempts to return to action. The Mets will continue to deploy the likes of T.J. Rivera and Kelly Johnson at the keystone over the final two games of the season and into the postseason.