Kahnle did not record an out Sunday, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in a loss to the Red Sox. Kahnle has been very reliable all season, especially with his new club since being dealt to the Yankees at the trade deadline, but struggles have cropped up recently. In his last two outings, he's allowed four runs on five hits and a pair of walks while recording just two outs. It's likely too early to overreact, but if he continues to struggle, Kahnle could start falling in the pecking order of New York's crowded bullpen.
Kahnle was traded to the Yankees on Tuesday as part of a multi-player deal. Though he doesn't have the name recognition of fellow teammates Todd Frazier and David Robertson, Kahnle may have been the most valuable piece moving to New York in Tuesday's blockbuster trade. The 27-year-old is in the midst of a breakout campaign, as he sports a 2.50 ERA (1.47 FIP) and ridiculous 60:7 K:BB ratio over 36 innings of relief this year. While he'll certainly be impactful out of the Yankees' bullpen moving forward, Kahnle doesn't project to provide much standard fantasy outside of his dominant ratios.
Kahnle (1-3) allowed a run on two hits Saturday but picked up the win against the Rockies. He allowed a leadoff triple to Mark Reynolds in the bottom of the eighth and allowed him to score on a Gerardo Parra sacrifice fly to absorb the eighth-inning blown save. Kahnle then rebounded to register a strikeout and a groundout, working around a single and a wild pitch. Tim Anderson handed him the win with a solo home run in the next half inning. Kahnle otherwise has enjoyed a successful 2017 (2.45 ERA, 56 strikeouts, seven walks in 33 innings) and would likely take over save chances should the White Sox trade closer David Robertson.
Kahnle is no longer serving as the White Sox's closer as David Robertson has returned from paternity leave, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Kahnle never got a save opportunity while Robertson was away from the team, although he made one ninth-inning appearance in a tied game and allowed a walkoff hit. He'll return to his eighth-inning setup role, but remains an option to close if/when the White Sox trade Robertson.
Kahnle (0-3) allowed a ninth-inning home run and was tagged with the loss in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Athletics. While it wasn't a save situation for Kahnle, it was certainly closer-like, as Chicago had just tied up the game in the top of the ninth and needed a shutdown inning to get into extra frames. And with closer David Robertson away from the team while on the paternity list, it was a chance to see how Kahnle might respond as Chicago's fill-in closer. The White Sox will eventually need an arm to replace Robertson, who is expected to be traded later this month, and Kahnle's name has been floated as a potential closer for the rest of the season.
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