Kimbrel was traded from the Cubs to the White Sox in exchange for Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer on Friday, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports. Kimbrel will head south along the Red Line in one of the biggest deals of the deadline. The landing spot is one of the few that could potentially hurt Kimbrel's fantasy value, as it's unclear whether it will be him or Liam Hendriks who receives most of the save chances for the White Sox. Kimbrel owns an incredible 0.49 ERA and 46.7 percent strikeout rate this season, both of which beat Hendriks' 2.58 ERA and 41.0 percent strikeout rate, but Hendriks was dominant in each of the previous two seasons while Kimbrel had easily the worst two years of his 12-year career. The initial plan is to have the two split the ninth inning, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Kimbrel (2-3) earned the win Monday against the Reds after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning three. Kimbrel pitched the top of the ninth when the game was tied 5-5, and while he allowed two baserunners, he also struck out the side and set the stage for the Cubs' comeback in the bottom of the ninth. Kimbrel has now gone 23 straight appearances without giving up an earned run, and his ERA stands at a minuscule 0.49, accompanied by an equally impressive 0.71 WHIP.
Kimbrel retired a single batter to secure the save in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks. Chicago started the ninth inning with Dillon Maples, but he allowed a run and put another two runners on base with two outs, so the Cubs turned to Kimbrel to end the threat. The veteran reliever now has 23 saves this season in 25 chances, and he has an elite 0.50 ERA. After down years in 2019 and 2020, Kimbrel has reclaimed his spot as a top fantasy option.
Kimbrel (1-3) took the loss in Wednesday's 3-2 extra-inning defeat at the hands of the Cardinals, allowing an unearned run on a hit and walk with one strikeout. Kimbrel came in for the 10th in a tie game and walked Nolan Arenado before recording an out and allowing a walk-off single to Yadier Molina. This was Kimbrel's first loss since way back on May 15 and only the second loss in his last 21 appearances for Chicago.
Kimbrel struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Tuesday against the Cardinals. Kimbrel was handed a one-run lead after the Cubs scored six runs in a massive ninth-inning rally. He had no issue locking in the victory and needed only 13 pitches to record his 22nd save of the season. Kimbrel has been excellent to this point in the campaign, maintaining a 0.52 ERA and striking out 60 across 34.2 frames.
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