Cubs Place Closer Craig Kimbrel On Injured List

Craig Kimbrel’s extended layoff, long-term viability at 31 years old and a year’s poor performance at the postseason with the Red Sox (5.91 ERA, 1.59 ERA at 10??2/3 innings over nine appearances) were all legitimate causes for concern and he hasn’t been consistent this season. He had two trips in July but followed them up with eight straight scoreless appearances.
Even though almost all of Kimbrel’s appearances are clean, he’s also given up three earned runs on three distinct events, which explains his bloated 5.68 ERA in 19 innings over 21 appearances this season.
Keeping and control the ball in the playground has been problematic because of him. Kimbrel has 11 walks and he has hit two batters in his 19 innings of work, surrendering six home runs (one shy of last season’s career-high seven home runs allowed).
Kimbrel has to return to shape When the Cubs need to go far in the postseason. His struggles aren’t signs of a decline.
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