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29 Merrill Kelly SP

Arizona Diamondbacks

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August 1, 2021 01:24 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Loses quality start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (7-8) lost Saturday's 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Dodgers, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Kelly allowed three runs in the second on four hits but settled down after to permit just a single run in the seventh and hold a formidable Dodgers lineup to a respectable four total runs. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Kelly and was his first since June 16. The 32-year-old lines up to face San Francisco next week.

July 25, 2021 02:08 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Earns seventh win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (7-7) allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six across six innings to earn the win Saturday against the Cubs.

Kelly reached a turning point in his outing when he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning having allowed only one earned run. From there, he allowed a leadoff home run to Willson Contreras in the fourth frame but then went on to retire nine of the last 10 batters he faced. Kelly has now earned five wins in his last seven starts, and in that span he's maintained a 2.62 ERA across 44.2 innings.

July 19, 2021 11:08 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Fires eight strong innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (6-7) allowed four earned runs on six hits while striking out six across eight innings, earning the win over the Cubs on Sunday.

Kelly pitched into the ninth inning, but he allowed an extra pair of runs without recording an out before being pulled. It was his longest start of the season and it took him only 82 pitches to get into the ninth frame. The 32-year-old has had a strong command of his arsenal lately, walking just three batters in his last 38.2 innings. He's gone 4-0 during that stretch. On the season, he has a 4.46 ERA and a 7.6 K/9 in 117 innings.

July 17, 2021 10:32 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Ready to pitch Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (leg) is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Cubs, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Kelly's final start of the first half was cut short when he experienced calf cramping, but the All-Star break afforded him plenty of time to move past the issue. The 32-year-old right-hander finished out the Diamondbacks' pre-break schedule with a 5-7 record, 4.46 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 19 starts.

July 11, 2021 07:00 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Leaves due to leg cramping
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly was removed from his start in Sunday's game against the Dodgers due to right leg cramping.

Unless Kelly undergoes further testing on his leg that reveals something more severe than the cramp, he should be ready to go when the Diamondbacks begin their second-half schedule next weekend against the Cubs. Before exiting Sunday, Kelly worked 5.1 innings and gave up a run on four hits and a walk, and since he left with the Diamondbacks leading 2-1, he should be in line for his sixth win of the season if Arizona is able to maintain its advantage. Kelly heads into the All-Star break with a 4.46 ERA across 19 starts.

July 11, 2021 06:32 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Exits with apparent injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly was removed from his start in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Dodgers with an apparent injury, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. He departed with a 2-1 lead and allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three over 5.1 innings.

Kelly appeared to be walking gingerly off the mound and had only tossed 88 pitches, so his departure looks to be injury-related rather than a managerial decision. Since Kelly was at least able to head to the dugout under his own power, he wouldn't appear to be dealing with a significant injury. The Diamondbacks may have just been exercising some caution with the right-hander ahead of the All-Star break. Expect manager Torey Lovullo to provide an update on Kelly's condition after the contest.

July 8, 2021 01:52 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Adequate in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly completed 5.1 innings against Colorado on Tuesday, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out one. He did not factor in the decision.

The right-hander didn't have his best stuff Tuesday -- he induced only six swinging strikes and tied his season low with one strikeout -- but he hung around well enough to line up for the win before Arizona's bullpen allowed a seventh-inning run. Kelly was staked to an early three-run lead and blanked Colorado for three frames before the Rockies pushed across a single run in both the fourth and fifth innings. After struggling to a 5.40 ERA through his first 14 starts, Kelly has turned things around of late, allowing no more than three earned runs in any outing since June 21. Over that span, he has registered a 2.13 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 18:2 K:BB across 25.1 innings. Kelly tentatively lines up to start Arizona's final game before the All-Star break, which will come Sunday on the road against the Dodgers.

July 2, 2021 12:28 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Third straight win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (5-7) won Thursday's 5-3 game against San Francisco, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

Kelly started July on a high note with seven strong innings against the Giants, with the only damage coming on Mike Yastrzemski and Wilmer Flores home runs. He's assembled a nice three-game run -- all wins -- pitching a total of 20 innings and surrendering only four runs and 18 baserunners with 17 strikeouts.

June 27, 2021 10:24 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Blanks Padres across six
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (4-7) was the winner in Saturday's 10-1 game against San Diego, throwing six innings and allowing five hits with five strikeouts.

Kelly kept the powerful San Diego lineup at bay all game, only allowing one runner past third and preventing any runs from crossing the plate. He now has consecutive wins of at least six innings pitched with one or zero runs allowed and is showing signs of his dominant 2020 form.

June 22, 2021 12:44 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Strong in third win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (3-7) won Monday's 5-1 game against Milwaukee, allowing one run on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven innings.

Kelly was finally able to get Arizona on track after the team had lost 17 straight games and showed extremely well, recording his first start of more than six innings with one or zero runs allowed in 15 turns. This was Kelly's first win since April and he'll look to keep the momentum going this weekend in San Diego.

June 17, 2021 03:36 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Short start Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (2-7) picked up the loss Wednesday, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four over three innings against the Giants.

Kelly was handed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, then gave it all back and then some in the bottom half of the inning when San Francisco plated four. He needed 47 pitches to get out of the inning and was 85 pitches deep at the time of his removal. Kelly, who hasn't won since Apr. 27, looks to reverse that trend in his next start, which lines up to be Monday at home against the Brewers.

June 13, 2021 05:56 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: On track for next start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly was hit by a batted ball Friday night that left a contusion on his left pectoral muscle, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

The ball left Shohei Ohtani's bat at 108.7 mph and shook up the pitcher. "I'm not going to lie, I was a little shaken up when I got inside," Kelly said. "It's a pretty helpless feeling seeing the ball coming at me and going that fast and not being able to react to it." The right-hander was thankful the liner didn't cause serious damage and took a few extra beats to regain his composure. It happened with two outs in the fifth inning, and Kelly retired the next batter, which was the final out he recorded on the night. Kelly is expected to make his next start, scheduled for Wednesday at San Francisco.

June 12, 2021 03:48 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Six strikeouts in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly failed to factor into the decision in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Angels, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five innings.

Kelly was solid outside of the third inning, when he allowed all three of his runs and four of six total baserunners. He's been the definition of mediocre this season, permitting two or three runs in eight of 13 starts and averaging under six innings per turn.

June 5, 2021 07:44 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Takes no-decision Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings Saturday versus Milwaukee. He did not factor in the decision.

He gave up three runs in the fourth inning and then a two-run home run in the sixth. Kelly has had a mediocre season with a 5.12 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 62:19 K:BB across 70.1 innings. His record remains a poor 2-6 heading into his next start, tentatively scheduled for next weekend's series versus the Angels.

June 1, 2021 08:04 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Gives up five runs in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (2-6) was beaten by the Mets on Monday after allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six over 6.2 innings.

Kelly did his best to keep the Diamondbacks in the game against New York's ace, Jacob deGrom, but Pete Alonso's two-run homer in the seventh inning stretched the Mets' lead to 5-0 and that was that. It was the fourth consecutive loss for Kelly, who has a respectable 4.10 ERA and 1.29 WHIP since his last win April 27. He's expected to make a second start this week Saturday on the road in Milwaukee.

May 27, 2021 03:04 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Logs quality start in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly did not factor in the decision against San Francisco on Wednesday, pitching six innings and allowing two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out six.

The right-hander was dominant through five innings, allowing only two hits and no runs. However, San Francisco got to him for a pair of runs in the sixth frame, and the Giants added three more in the eighth to deny Kelly a victory. After yielding a combined 15 runs through his first 16 innings of the season, Kelly has turned things around, collecting four quality starts and posting a 3.46 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 42:12 K:BB across his past seven outings covering 41.2 frames. He's tentatively scheduled to face the Mets at home Monday.

May 21, 2021 10:52 AM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Whiffs 12 in losing effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (2-5) lost Thursday's 3-2 match game against Los Angeles, pitching seven innings and permitting three runs on six hits with 12 strikeouts.

Not known for his strikeout abilities, Kelly had his stuff working Thursday and was able to retire 12 Dodgers via the K despite averaging less than six per start this season. Alas, his two mistakes did him in: an Albert Pujols second-inning two-run homer and a Will Smith solo shot in the seventh. Kelly will look to build on the successful outing as he lines up to face San Francisco next week.

May 19, 2021 07:04 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Set to start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly will start Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

Kelly tentatively lined up to start Wednesday's contest, but he'll instead receive an extra day of rest and take the mound in the series finale. Matt Peacock will pitch for the Diamondbacks in the penultimate game of the series.

May 14, 2021 06:40 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Quality start in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (2-4) lost Thursday's start against Miami, throwing 6.1 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts as Arizona fell 5-1.

Kelly only allowed one run through the first five innings but slowed down the third time through the order before being removed in the seventh. Despite a 5.24 ERA, he's allowed three runs or less in each of his last five starts.

May 9, 2021 05:28 PM
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Struggles with command in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (2-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out six across 5.2 innings, taking the loss to the Mets on Saturday.

All of the damage against Kelly came in the third inning Saturday, when he started by walking the pitcher, Joey Lucchesi, and then surrendered a two-run home run to Jeff McNeil. Kelly got through the rest of his start unharmed, but he never had a feel for his command, walking a season-high five batters. The 32-year-old has had issues with giving out free bases this season with a 3.3 BB/9. He had just a 1.4 BB/9 last year in the shortened season.

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