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29 Merrill Kelly SP

Arizona Diamondbacks

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September 22, 2019 08:00 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Cites mechanical, mental tweaks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly said he stopped a summer slide by making two significant adjustments, one mechanical and the other mental, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Kelly's spot in the rotation was teetering following an August start against the Brewers when manager Torey Lovullo openly considered a change. The right-hander had a 9.20 ERA over an odious six-start stretch, but the manager held off. After that start, Kelly tweaked his mechanics, a slight turn of the hips before driving down the mound. That adjustment added a tick of velocity over his last five starts; Kelly's four-seam fastball averaged 92.08 following that start against Milwaukee and jumped to 93.47 since. "It just allows me to be more athletic," Kelly said, "and not necessarily feel my way through my delivery but just kind of load and go." He also credits an intangible adjustment, realizing he no longer needs to fear opposing hitters. "Just having the confidence," he said, "that I'm good enough as myself and don't need to be any better than what I'm doing is kind of what it boils down to." Kelly has a 1.74 ERA with a 9.3 K/9 over the last five starts.

September 21, 2019 12:28 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Holds Padres scoreless
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (12-14) picked up the win Friday after holding the Padres scoreless across seven innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out nine.

Coming off one of his best starts of the year, Kelly improved his season record against the Padres to 3-1 as he earned back-to-back wins for the first time since a three-start run in June. The right-hander's late-season surge improves his stat line to a 4.31 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 151:55 K:BB. He'll make his final start of the regular season Wednesday against the Cardinals.

September 14, 2019 10:52 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Stellar in win over Reds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (11-14) earned the win Saturday, tossing seven scoreless innings during which he allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five in a 1-0 victory over the Reds.

The Diamondbacks mustered just a single hit against Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani, but combined with a sacrifice fly, it was enough for Kelly to work with. Kelly has now allowed three runs or less in five of his last six starts, posting a 3.44 ERA in that span. For the season, the 30-year-old owns a 4.49 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 170.1 innings. Kelly's next start is projected to come on the road in San Diego on Friday.

September 9, 2019 11:08 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Yields three runs in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (10-14) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks over six frames Monday, striking out five batters and taking the loss against the Mets.

Kelly allowed a pair of solo homers to Mets slugger Pete Alonso with an Amed Rosario RBI single sandwiched in between. It was his second straight quality start after he failed to make it out of the sixth inning in his previous four outings. The 6-foot-2 rookie will carry a 4.68 ERA into Saturday's home outing against the Reds.

September 4, 2019 02:04 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Dominates in 10th win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (10-13) picked up the win against the Padres on Tuesday, throwing seven scoreless innings while allowing just three hits, striking out nine and walking two in the Diamondbacks' 2-1 victory.

It was a dominant outing for the right-hander, who got the better of Ronald Bolanos and picked up his 10th win of the season. He's shown flashes of this ability this season, but Kelly's overall inconsistency has made him difficult to trust, as he's sporting an unspectacular 4.69 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 157.1 innings. He'll look to build on this performance in his next start, which will see him take on the Mets in a road matchup Monday.

August 30, 2019 01:48 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Labors in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly threw four innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Thursday, giving up three earned runs on three hits over four innings, striking out four and walking four as the Diamondbacks eventually prevailed 11-5.

Kelly's spot in the rotation has come into question due to his recent struggles, and while he didn't get shelled in this contest, he still labored in issuing four free passes and finding himself unable to make it to the five-inning threshold to qualify for the decision. He figures to remain in the rotation for now, but he hasn't been consistent enough to put himself on the fantasy radar this season, as he's sporting a pedestrian 4.91 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 150.1 innings.

August 25, 2019 06:16 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: To remain in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly will remain in Arizona's starting rotation moving forward, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Kelly's spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation was reportedly in jeopardy after he surrendered six runs over 4.1 innings Friday night against the Brewers, but after Sunday's series finale, skipper Torey Lovullo stated that Kelly's place in the rotation is safe for now. He's on track to make his next start Thursday against the Dodgers.

August 24, 2019 08:04 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Rotation spot in jeopardy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (9-13) allowed six runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five over 4.1 innings in a loss to the Brewers on Friday.

Kelly has not pitched well of late, surrendering 31 runs (30 earned) over his last 29.1 innings, but he had received the support of manager Torey Lovullo until this most recent outing. "I'll tell you what, that's where we're at right now: no playing time is guaranteed, no next starts are guaranteed," Lovullo told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. "It's something we're constantly evaluating and trying to push forward with the best decisions moving to the next day. I'm sure we'll have some discussions. At this point, I don't know. I don't know that answer." The right-hander has not logged consecutive quality starts since mid-June, and this most recent six-start stretch could cost him his job as the Diamondbacks remain in shouting distance of a spot in the postseason. If Lovullo were to make a move, he may only need to look at Friday's box score to note the performance of Taylor Clarke, the starter working out of the bullpen right now, who retired all six batters he faced.

August 18, 2019 08:20 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Picks up ninth win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (9-12) earned the win against San Francisco on Sunday, hurling 5.2 innings and giving up one run on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

Kelly narrowly missed a quality start but was credited with his second consecutive victory, limiting the Giants to a single run while tossing 100 pitches for the first time since June 2. He was hardly dominant but scattered six hits and notched two of his five strikeouts with opposing runners in scoring position. The 30-year-old had struggled to keep the ball in the park of late, serving up eight homers over his previous four starts, but kept San Francisco from going yard in Sunday's win. Kelly will next head to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers on Saturday.

August 15, 2019 03:00 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Will remain in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Kelly will remain in the rotation, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Kelly's status has come under question after a 10-start stretch, during which the right-hander has a 6.29 ERA and the Diamondbacks are 2-8. "We just want him to grow and learn and go out there every fifth day and take the baseball," Lovullo said. "No, that (taking him out of the rotation) hasn't been discussed internally at all." Kelly is lined up to start Saturday at home against the Giants.

August 13, 2019 12:28 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Bags win despite shaky outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (8-12) picked up the win against the Rockies on Monday, giving up six earned runs on nine hits over five innings, striking out five and walking two in an 8-6 victory for the Diamondbacks.

It wasn't a good final stat line for Kelly, but it wound up being enough to give him his eighth win of the season as his teammates provided him with excellent run support. The right-hander has been struggling of late, as this was the third time in his last four starts that he's given up at least six earned runs. He's seen his ERA jump up to 4.75 over that stretch, to go along with a 1.32 WHIP and a 109:36 K:BB over 136.1 innings.

August 9, 2019 12:28 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Not getting two-start week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly won't make his next scheduled start in Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Jack Magruder of the Associated Press reports. Instead, Mike Leake will take the hill for the Diamondbacks' series finale in Los Angeles.

Thanks to an off day Thursday, the Diamondbacks had the luxury to rearrange their rotation, allowing Leake to jump ahead of Kelly in the order while staying on his normal four days' rest. Given that Kelly has been blown up for 18 runs (17 earned) in 14.1 innings over his past three starts, the Diamondbacks likely reasoned that Leake gave the team a better chance at winning versus a tough Los Angeles squad. Kelly will miss out on a two-start week as a result of the change, though he'll tentatively line up for a two turns during the upcoming week. It's not an especially appealing two step, however, as Kelly is expected to start Monday in a matchup with the Rockies at Coors Field before returning home next weekend for a start versus the Giants.

August 6, 2019 12:52 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Falls to 7-12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (7-12) took the loss against the Phillies on Monday, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits over six innings, striking out four and walking one as the Diamondbacks fell 7-3.

It was an improvement over his last two starts that saw him get blown up for 14 earned runs over 8.1 innings, but Kelly still wound up taking his 12th loss of the season, as well as his fourth defeat in his last five outings. The 30-year-old now has a 4.52 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and a 104:34 K:BB over 131.1 innings on the season.

July 29, 2019 11:08 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Flounders against Marlins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (7-11) took the loss Monday as the Diamondbacks fell 11-6 to the Marlins, coughing up seven runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings while striking out four.

A six-run second inning dug a hole for Arizona that the offense couldn't climb out of. Kelly has now lost five straight decisions, with his last win coming June 12, and he'll take a 4.52 ERA and 100:33 K:BB through 125.1 innings into his next start Sunday, at home against the Nats.

July 24, 2019 06:40 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Roughed up by O's
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (7-10) picked up the loss by allowing seven runs on eight hits while striking out four over 2.1 innings Monday against Baltimore.

It started well for Kelly, who retired the side in order in the first inning, but the Orioles bats touched him for three home runs and chased him after seven outs. The right-hander has gone seven straight starts without tasting victory while giving up 1.9 HR/9 during that stretch. Kelly will look to halt his winless streak next Monday on the road against the Marlins.

July 19, 2019 01:52 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Posts quality start in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly held the Brewers to one run on three hits with six strikeouts over seven innings but did not factor into the decision during Thursday's 5-1 loss.

Kelly delivered a solid performance in his first career start against a hard-hitting Brewers lineup. The 30-year-old maintained his control and did not issue any free passes. His only blemish came in the second inning after Mike Moustakas tripled and eventually scored the first run of the night. Meanwhile, Brewers starter Zach Davies matched Kelly by only allowing one run, and the score was tied when Kelly left the game. The right-hander will carry a 3.77 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 92:31 K:BB into a juicy matchup against the Orioles on Tuesday.

July 13, 2019 11:20 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Undone by defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (7-9) took the loss Saturday as the Diamondbacks were downed 4-2 by the Cardinals, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks over five innings while striking out five.

Arizona errors in the first and third innings -- one of them his own -- cushioned the blow to Kelly's ERA, but the right-hander still needed 96 pitches (56 strikes) to record 15 outs, only the second time in his last nine starts he failed to complete at least six innings. Kelly will carry a 3.93 ERA and 86:31 K:BB through 110 innings into his next outing Thursday, at home against the Brewers.

July 6, 2019 12:44 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Posts quality start in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's loss at Dodger Stadium, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings while striking out two.

Kelly retired his first three batters in just seven pitches but faced a tougher fate with a 44-pitch second inning. The 30-year-old allowed three runs, including a solo shot to Cody Bellinger and a pair of two-out RBI singles. Otherwise, Kelly kept the Dodgers' bats quiet to turn in a quality start. The right-hander now owns a 4.03 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 81:28 K:BB through 18 starts.

June 29, 2019 06:24 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Charged with loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (7-8) was charged with the loss against the Giants on Friday after allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two over five innings.

The 30-year-old rookie put on a decent showing in his first start at Oracle Park. He retired his first four batters until Alex Dickerson broke it up with a solo homer, followed by a Brandon Crawford double. Kelly also served up a pair of RBI to Buster Posey, one which came from a double that missed home-run status by inches. Kelly is now 1-1 in his two starts against the Giants this year. Through 17 appearances, the right-hander has compiled a 4.00 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 79:28 K:BB. Unfortunately, a much tougher matchup looms ahead at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

June 24, 2019 03:00 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Strikes out nine in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly allowed two runs on four hits and two walks across six innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Giants. He struck out nine.

Kelly scattered baserunners through six innings, allowing just one run during a fourth-inning rally. He came back out for the seventh, but he allowed a solo home run to lead off the frame and remove him from contention for a win. Still, Kelly turned in a quality start and matched his second-best strikeout total of the season during a nice bounce-back effort after he was touched up for five runs in his previous outing. He will face this same Giants club on the road in his next start.

Situational Stats
vs San Diego 26.231 3.7101226
vs LHB 79.200 3.6203163
vs RHB 97.200 4.8802488
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Pitching Stats
2019ARI1214 4.3131310000 177.1176908528255151
Total 1214 4.3131310000 177.1176908528255151
Batting Stats
2019ARI3150310222400 .058 .020 .020
Total 3150310222400 .058 .020 .020
Fielding Stats
2019ARIP313135201232 .914
Total  313135201232 .914
More Pitching Stats
2019ARI4187177 1.1322104 .257750 11.8 .4420
Total 4187177 1.1322104 .257750 11.8 .4420
Minor League Pitching Stats
2010ASX-Hudson Valley Renega11 2.1471000 21.0167501519
2010AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro01 7.3152000 16.015151312810
2011AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab87 3.282523000129.01175247675170
2012AA-Montgomery Biscuits83 3.57329000 88.1844135442861
2013AAA-Durham Bulls84 3.191514000 84.2743730433470
2013AA-Montgomery Biscuits56 4.151312000 73.2543434333141
2014AAA-Durham Bulls94 2.762815000114.0107393510637108
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Arizona Diamondbacks
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