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Cubs' Craig Kimbrel, Ryan, Tepera Andrew Chafin a Lockdown Trio

Cubs’ 3-headed relief monster devouring big innings originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago. Outside of the 2-0 scores, there’s at least one commonality between the Cubs’ last two wins. The Cubs got a lead, and Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin and Craig Kimbrel came in and slammed the door late to...
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Craig Kimbrel keeps moving up in record books with latest save for Cubs

Superstar pitcher Craig Kimbrel continues to be a stud closing games out, and he’s moved into ninth place on the all-time list for saves. The Cubs are still in a tight NL Central race with the Milwaukee Brewers, with the club recording another strong win on Sunday, this time against the Miami Marlins. Chicago took Miami down 2-0 in a close on.
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MLB Trade Deadline: Why Craig Kimbrel Is Cubs' Bellwether Asset

NEW YORK — We’re barely halfway through June, and already at least one international media wag has asserted that the Cubs might leverage Craig Kimbrel’s dominance at the trade deadline — and yet still try to win and otherwise act the part of a buyer next month. “Let’s just hope...
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Cubs' Craig Kimbrel Moves Into Top 10 on All-Time Saves List

Kimbrel cracks top 10 on MLB's all-time saves list originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago. Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning Thursday night to secure a 2-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field. And in doing so, the right-hander made some history. With Thursday's save, Kimbrel...

Cubs' Craig Kimbrel: Locks down 19th save

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.

Craig Kimbrel is on Some Kind of Heater Lately

When the Cubs were unable to pad their lead into the later innings yesterday, I started thinking we were gonna get a rare Andrew Chafin closing opportunity. The match-up wasn’t necessarily ideal with the heavily-right-handed middle of the Cardinals’ order, but Ryan Tepera had handled the 8th, and Chafin is that other highly-trusted late-inning guy, almost exclusive of match-up. And since Craig Kimbrel was forced into Saturday night’s win, his second appearance in a row, I didn’t think he’d be out there for a third night.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Report: Craig Kimbrel has been lights out!

Each weekend, we discuss the saves situations for each and every one of the 30 teams in the league, with a special emphasis on who is trending up and who is slipping. This week, we take a look at Craig Kimbrel’s run of dominance and Jose Cisnero trying to gain a hold of the Tigers’ closer role.

Cubs' Craig Kimbrel: Picks up save No. 18

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.

Cubs' Craig Kimbrel: Notches one-out save

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.

Cubs' Craig Kimbrel: Picks up 16th save

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.

Chicago Cubs: 2 NL East teams could be perfect Craig Kimbrel landing spots

The Chicago Cubs entered June exceeding all expectations we had for this team. The offense is clicking and the bullpen is firing on all cylinders. Entering Monday, the bullpen ranked second in all of baseball with a 2.68 ERA and the offense is seventh over the past month batting .250.

Cubs' Craig Kimbrel: Sharp again in save chance

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 14.76 K/9, and he should be a fixture in all fantasy lineups moving forward.
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Ultimate Alabama Athletes: Craig Kimbrel

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WPMI) — Today’s ultimate athlete is Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is from Huntsville. He is a relief pitcher who has played for 12 years in the majors. Kimbrell was rookie of the year in 2011 and has twice been named MLB's reliever of the year. He won a world...
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Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in electric fashion for Cubs win (Video)

Chicago Cubs reliever Craig Kimbrel closed out the Cubs win over the Padres in impressive fashion with three straight strikeouts. When you manage to sweep one of the best teams in baseball, it’s definitely because you got some outstanding performances. The Cubs certainly did. On Tuesday night, reliever Craig Kimbrel...

That Was As Good As We’ve Seen Craig Kimbrel Look

Going all the way back to August 14 of last year, Craig Kimbrel has been absurd. That wasn’t an arbitrary date either, since Kimbrel had just sat down for over a week – kept out of games – to work on serious mechanical issues that were leaving him a total mess out there in his first four outings.

Fantasy baseball closer stock watch: Time to trade Craig Kimbrel?

Fantasy baseball managers and everyone else outside of the Windy City may not have noticed, but the Chicago Cubs bullpen recently set a franchise record with 38 1/3 scoreless innings. Look at Monday's box scores and see the myriad runs permitted by relief pitchers and think about just how meaningful Chicago's streak truly is -- nary a run by an entire crew of pitchers over more than two weeks of baseball! Most people focus on the closer since they cannot name the setup men, but this Cubs group is a lot more than future Hall of Famer Craig Kimbrel.

Cubs' Craig Kimbrel: Strikes out side, secures save

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 and looks like the perennial All-Star that he was earlier in his career.

I’m Pretty Sure Joe West Made Craig Kimbrel Change His Hat Today

This week, there was quite a flap with Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos having his hat confiscated by umpires, with Joe West subsequently tossing his manager, Mike Shildt, who’d expressed displeasure at his pitcher getting singled out. With Joe West coming to Wrigley Field this weekend, people wondered if there would...