Kittredge secured his fourth hold in a win over the Orioles on Friday, firing a perfect seventh inning during which he recorded a strikeout.
Kittredge fired seven of eight pitches for strikes in an ultra-efficient inning. The right-hander continues to be one of Kevin Cash's most reliable bullpen options, as he's now sporting a 1.48 ERA and 0.89 WHIP across 22 appearances while also having secured two saves in addition to his four holds.
Kittredge (5-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on a home run and also issued two walks over 1.2 innings, taking the loss in an extra-innings defeat at the hands of the Yankees on Tuesday.
The right-hander went into the outing with a seven-appearance scoreless streak in tow, but that fell apart when he surrendered a game-winning two-run home run to Clint Frazier in the bottom of the 11th after a shaky 10th frame when he'd navigated around two walks. Kittredge still hasn't been charged with more than one earned run in 19 appearances this season, however, and he sports an impressive 1.38 and 0.92 WHIP across 26 innings.
Kittredge secured his third hold in a win over the Phillies on Sunday, allowing two hits and recording a strikeout over 1.1 scoreless innings.
The efficient 18-pitch outing extended what's been an extensive stretch of strong pitching for Kittredge, who's now working on a seven-appearance scoreless streak spanning a total of 9.2 innings. The right-hander has demonstrated stellar control during that span, posting an 11:1 K:BB while also picking up two wins, a save and two holds.
Kittredge (5-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning on one hit while striking two, earning the win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Kittredge surrendered a one-out double to Santiago Espinal but was able to retire the other three batters he faced. He has been stellar in the first two months this season, allowing a single run in only three of his 16 appearances. The 31-year-old leads the Rays with five wins. In addition, he has picked up a pair of saves, showing that he can perform in any relief role. He has a 1.23 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP in 22 innings.
Kittredge (4-0) was credited with the victory in a win over the Orioles on Tuesday, allowing one hit, uncorking a wild pitch and recording a strikeout over 1.2 scoreless innings.
Kittredge came on after starter Luis Patino was pulled following 82 pitches over 3.1 innings, and he served as a highly effective bridge to the middle frames. The right-hander flashed his trademark efficiency by throwing 16 of 22 pitches for strikes, and his dominant May now features an 8:2 K:BB, five scoreless appearances in six trips to the mound, two holds, a save and Tuesday's win.
Kittredge was credited with his second hold in a win over the Mets on Saturday, recording three strikeouts over 1.2 perfect innings.
The right-hander was especially efficient, needing only 19 pitches to get five outs and landing 15 of those offerings in the strike zone. Kittredge lowered his ERA to 1.50 with the pristine outing, his fourth scoreless effort in his five trips to the mound this season.
Kittredge pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning two to get the save in the win Sunday against the Athletics.
Kittredge has appeared in many different roles this season, serving as an opener, middle reliever and closer. Sunday's save was only the third of his career. The Rays like to use different relievers for saves throughout the season, so Kittredge is not likely to receive many closing opportunities given the extensive depth of the Rays' bullpen.
Kittredge opened Wednesday's win over the Angels, firing two scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and issued a walk. He also recorded a strikeout.
The right-hander continued his extended stretch of strong pitching, getting six outs on 26 pitches to record his fifth consecutive scoreless effort. Kittredge continues to see time as both an opener and conventional reliever, and he whittled his ERA down to an impressive 1.32 with Wednesday's effort.
Kittredge will work as the Rays' opening pitcher in front of bulk reliever Ryan Yarbrough in Wednesday's game against the Angels, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Kittredge hasn't surpassed two innings or 26 pitches in any of his nine outings this season, so he shouldn't be expected to push far past those levels before giving way to Yarbrough. The 31-year-old right-hander has posted a 1.54 ERA and 0.77 WHIP across 11.2 innings in 2021.
Kittredge pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit to get the save in the win Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Kittredge has appeared in many different roles this season. After serving as an opener in his last two appearances, he was called upon in the ninth inning for the save Saturday. This was only his second save of his career. The Rays like to use many different relievers for saves throughout the season, but Kittredge is not likely to receive many closing opportunities.
Kittredge served as the opener in Sunday's win over the Yankees, allowing an earned run on one hit and no walks over 1.2 innings while recording three strikeouts.
The versatile Kittredge's one hiccup was the second-inning solo home run he surrendered to Giancarlo Stanton, but he was other wise effective over a 21-pitch outing. The right-hander got 15 of his offerings into the strike zone, with six of those coming on swings and misses. Stanton's round tripper was the first run against Kittredge in four appearances, and only the second one he'd allowed all season over the seven innings covering his five trips to the mound.
Kittredge will serve as the opener during Sunday's game against the Yankees, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Kittredge has made four relief appearances to begin the season and has posted a 1.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 5.1 innings during that time. Ryan Yarbrough will serve as the primary pitcher and pitch the bulk of the innings Sunday, but Kittredge will begin the game on the mound for the series finale against the Yankees.
Kittredge (2-0) picked up the win Saturday, giving up one hit and one walk over 1.2 scoreless innings of relief while striking out one in a 4-0 victory over the Yankees.
After Chris Archer (forearm) was forced from the game in the third inning, the Rays' bullpen took over and finished off the combined shutout, with Kittredge getting credit for the win as the first man on the mound after Archer. Tampa Bay hasn't yet resorted to its patented openers-and-bulk-relievers formula on a consistent basis this year, but if it does, Kittredge would be one of the bullpen arms likely to benefit from the relief wins generated.
Kittredge (1-0) allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk over one inning in Friday's win over the Marlins. He struck out one.
The right-hander was bailed out by the Rays' four-run ninth inning, affording him his first win since 2019. Kittredge should see his fair share of work in the middle innings this coming season, with his ability to work multiple frames making him especially valuable.
Kittredge was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 31-year-old re-signed with the Rays on a minor-league deal during the offseason, but he'll join the 40-man roster with Nick Anderson (elbow) landing on the 60-day injured list. Kittredge gave up two runs over eight innings last season and had a 4.17 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 58:12 K:BB over 49.2 innings for Tampa Bay during 2019.
Kittredge was credited with a hold in Sunday's Grapefruit League loss to the Braves, allowing an unearned run on two hits and recording a strikeout over one inning.
Kittredge was shut down for the 2020 season in August due to a sprained UCL ligament in his elbow, and after avoiding Tommy John surgery this offseason, he was brought back by the Rays on a minor-league deal in December. The right-hander has filled both starting and relief roles in Tampa over the previous four seasons, and he was in the midst of a solid campaign last year (2.25 ERA across eight innings) before his injury. Given his versatility and the coaching staff's familiarity with him, Kittredge could certainly earn a bullpen spot with a strong enough spring.
Kittredge signed a minor-league deal with the Rays on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It looked like he was trending toward Tommy John surgery in mid-August, but it seems like Kittredge was able to make a full recovery from a sprained UCL without going under the knife. He has thrown three full-go bullpen sessions and will report to camp with no restrictions. Kittredge will provide organizational bullpen depth.
Kittredge (elbow) cleared waivers and was released by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 30-year-old was lost for the season due to a UCL injury in August and was set to undergo Tommy John surgery. Kittredge could miss the entirety of the 2021 season while rehabbing the injury.
Kittredge appears to be headed for Tommy John surgery after an MRI revealed a tear in his UCL on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Kittredge left his start Tuesday against the Red Sox with the injury after just five pitches, and it turns out those may end up being the last pitches he throws in a big-league game until 2022. A typical recovery timeline from Tommy John surgery would give him at best an outside shot to pitch very late in the 2021 campaign.
Kittredge was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL on Wednesday and placed on the 45-day injured list, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Kittredge left Tuesday's start after just five pitches with what was originally called elbow soreness, but the injury was evidently much more severe than that. The timing of the injury means that Kittredge could technically be eligible to return for the final three games of the year, but the nature of the injury makes that seem highly unlikely. Surgery could potentially be on the table for the righty, though that's yet to be announced.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/15||@ CHW||L 0-3||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|06/13||vs BAL||W 7-1||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|06/11||vs BAL||W 4-2||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/09||vs WAS||L 7-9||1.1||1||1||1||2|
|06/06||@ TEX||W 7-1||2.0||0||0||1||1|
|06/01||@ NYY||L 3-5||1||1.2||1||1||2||2|
|05/30||vs PHI||W 6-2||1.1||2||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AFA-High Desert Maverick||26.1||16||0||0||2||1||0||25||9||32||5.86||1.571|
|2013||AFA-High Desert Maverick||23.0||14||0||0||0||2||1||23||3||28||5.87||1.348|
|2014||AFA-High Desert Maverick||82.2||42||0||0||6||1||8||112||25||91||4.38||1.411|