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.
Kimbrel allowed a walk and struck out two to earn a save in Saturday's 4-2 win over Arizona.
This was the 33-year-old's first save since June 20 -- his last four appearances all came in non-save situations. Kimbrel shook off the rust with a scoreless inning Friday prior to picking up the save Saturday. He's been excellent this year with a 0.53 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 58:11 K:BB across 33.2 innings. He's now 21-for-23 in save chances.
Kimbrel pitched a clean ninth inning with two strikeouts in Friday's 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
It wasn't a save situation, but Kimbrel picked up right where he left off in the first half of the season. The veteran reliever now has a miniscule 0.55 ERA and has struck out 56 batters in just 32.2 innings. He's also saved 20 games in 22 opportunities. Kimbrel should remain a strong fantasy option the rest of the way.
Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn the save in Sunday's 2-0 win over Miami.
Kimbrel needed only 12 pitches to lock down his 20th save of the season. The right-hander has thrown 10.1 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 11 appearances, all of which have ended in a save. For the year, he's 20-for-22 in save chances with a 0.61 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 49:9 K:BB in 29.1 innings.
Kimbrel picked up the save against the Mets on Thursday after tossing a perfect ninth inning that included a pair of strikeouts.
Another day, another save for Kimbrel, who has successfully converted his last save eight opportunities and now ties for first in the majors with 19. His elite season includes a 0.64 ERA and 0.67 WHIP across 29 appearances.
Kimbrel allowed one walk but struck out the side to pick up his 18th save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
Kimbrel continued his dominant form Sunday to pick up his third save in as many days. He struck out Dylan Carlson to begin the ninth before issuing a walk to Paul Goldschmidt but found his way out of any further trouble by striking out Nolan Arenado and Tyler O'Neill to end the game. The 33-year-old has returned to elite status this season, as his 18 saves are good for second in the majors and he owns a 0.66 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and a 45:9 K:BB over 27.1 innings.
Kimbrel recorded the final out of the game Saturday to earn the save in the win over the Cardinals.
Kimbrel picked up his 17th save of the season after entering with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning with a 7-2 lead. He retired the only batter he faced in Edmundo Sosa to end the game. The 33-year-old has resurfaced as one of baseball's best closers after dropping off the last two years. His 0.68 ERA is his best since his rookie season and his 0.68 WHIP is a career best. In addition, he has a 14.4 K/9 in 26.1 innings.
Kimbrel recorded one strikeout in a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals en route to his 16th save.
He has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing an earned run and has struck out 17 in 9.1 innings while recording nine saves and one win over that impressive three-week stretch.
Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth inning to record the save in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Padres.
Kimbrel failed to record a strikeout in an outing for the first time since early May, but he still retired San Diego in order to secure his 15th save of the season. The veteran has been rolling along with a 0.72 ERA and 14.8 K/9, and he should be a fixture in all fantasy lineups moving forward.
Kimbrel worked a clean ninth inning to record the save in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Giants. He struck out two.
Kimbrel now has 14 saves and a sparkling 0.75 ERA this season, and he's been particularly dominant his last three outings, as he hasn't allowed a baserunner while striking out six. The veteran has bounced back in a big way after disappointing 2019 and 2020 campaigns, and fantasy managers should just enjoy the ride while Kimbrel is pitching this well.
Kimbrel struck out all three batters he faced and recorded the save in Tuesday's win over the Padres.
Kimbrel was dominant as he picked up his 13th save of the season, which has been the norm so far for the veteran reliever. He now has a miniscule 0.78 ERA across 23 innings of work, and he's displayed great swing-and-miss stuff with 39 strikeouts already. Kimbrel has turned back the clock so far in 2021, looking like the perennial All-Star that he was earlier in his career.
Kimbrel struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against the Reds on Friday.
Kimbrel has now pitched on three of the last four days, but he held the Reds in check Friday to pick up his 12th save of 2021. The right-hander has now converted each of his last five save chances, and he's recorded a 0.82 ERA and 36:8 K:BB in 22 innings to begin the season.
Kimbrel worked around a hit during a scoreless ninth inning to record a save in Wednesday's win over the Pirates. He struck out two.
Kimbrel picked up his second save in as many nights, and he now has 11 this season in 13 chances. The veteran reliever has been dominant with a 0.86 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 21 innings this season. He may have come into the year as a question mark given his struggles the last two seasons, but Kimbrel has entrenched himself as the Chicago closer and should have pretty good job security from here on out.
Kimbrel worked around a hit to pitch a scoreless inning of relief and earn the save in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. He struck out one.
Kimbrel continued his excellent run to begin the season, as he now has 10 saves in 12 opportunities to go along with a 0.90 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. The veteran reliever is also once again striking out batters at an incredible rate, as he has 33 whiffs through 20 innings. Kimbrel struggled the last two years in Chicago, but he's looked like his old, dominant self in 2021.
Kimbrel (1-2) pitched the final 1.1 innings of Sunday's 2-1 win over St. Louis, allowing an unearned run and a walk with two strikeouts to earn the win.
Kimbrel got the final out of the ninth and remained in the game for the 10th after Javier Baez gave the Cubs a two-run lead. Initial runner Paul Goldschmidt crossed the plate, but Kimbrel was able to limit the damage to guarantee the victory. He's allowed two runs in nine May innings.
Kimbrel earned the save against the Nationals on Thursday by tossing a scoreless inning. He allowed one hit while striking out three.
The right-hander entered the ninth frame with a two-run lead and worked around a single by Starlin Castro to slam the door, earning all of his outs via strikeouts. It was the ninth save of the season for Kimbrel, who has blown two of his opportunities thus far while pitching to the tune of a 1.02 ERA and 0.85 WHIP across 17.2 innings.
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