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Dodgers: Craig Kimbrel Still Thinks He Will Figure Things Out

Craig Kimbrel has 20 saves this year, but all 20 have come with a multi-run lead. Tuesday night was the fourth time Kimbrel has entered the game with a one-run lead, and it was the fourth time he has blown that one-run lead for the Dodgers.

This time, there was a bunt single and a bloop single, but a case could be made that the walk between the two hits was the key play, putting the winning run into scoring position.

After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts continued to insist that there are no plans for a change at closer.

When asked if he was considering a change, Roberts said, “No, no, no, I thought Craig threw the ball just fine tonight. [Kimbrel’s ongoing struggles] is just some of the noise I have to drown out and see how the ball is coming out, see the execution. The command was considerably better tonight. … Yeah, the result is not what any of us wanted, but I’m not gonna just go by results alone if I believe that the stuff is good, the process is good.”

Kimbrel was clearly frustrated with his outing, too.

“It’s frustrating. It’s tremendously frustrating. This whole year, really, I’ve felt like I’ve been battling. Not necessarily the other team, but myself. … I just haven’t been able to put it all together. Not to say I won’t, because I definitely will. It’s coming. But I just think in the last 40-something innings, it’s been very frustrating. It’s time for me to turn it around, and I’m going to. Just come in every day, taking the ball and going out there and eventually it’s going to turn.”

Time is running short, though. The Dodgers have 47 games left in the regular season, which realistically means about 15 more chances for Kimbrel to turn that corner. If not, we’re likely to see a different face on the mound in save situations in October.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. A closer with an era of 5? Bet teams are clamoring for that trade.
    Sounds like time to consider some changes…to manager?

  2. For the 97th time, he is not going to figure out anything. He is 4 for 4 in blowing 1 run games this year. If he is our closer in the playoffs this year then you can kiss the world series goodbye. We should have tried to get an actual closer at the trade deadline and we didn’t. It most certainly come back to bite us.

    1. Still got Phillips and Treinen on the way back…all is not lost.
      Even Price would be better.

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