The 2022 season has not gone the way the Dodgers and closer/former closer Craig Kimbrel envisioned. There’s your understatement of the day. Following last night’s walk-off by the Padres, the veteran now has lost 7 games in 13 decisions. He’s also racked up 5 blown saves and a 4.07 ERA over 59 outings.
Last weekend, Dave Roberts removed Kimbrel from the closer’s role but still had hopes that the right-hander could take down meaningful innings for the Dodgers for the rest of the regular season and into the postseason.
Now Kimbrel is fighting to even make the roster.
Fans took to Twitter to react to the embattled hurler’s latest struggle. Surprisingly, the thoughts we’re fairly level-headed (i.e. not rooted in vitriol).
If everyone scheduled to come back is able to, then, no.
— Tim Rogers 2080 ?? (@TimRogers2080) September 28, 2022
Nope, feel like he pitched his way off of it tonight.
— Dylan (@JD30506989) September 28, 2022
Dodger fans definitely don’t want anything to do with him – BUT he’ll be on the roster and Roberts will continue to throw him out there. Which is why, I believe, this postseason will be painful after such a successful regular season.
— sam val (@samval217) September 28, 2022
Kimbrel on post-season roster = no Ring.
— R.A. Contreras, M.A. ? (@commgrad71) September 28, 2022
He is a decent guy. Willing to explain his noncompetitive-ness. He threw Machado well. But didn’t convert after that. He has had an entire season to figure out how not to overthrow and overthink. To win, we can’t be worrying about his non competitive-ness.
— Sallie (@Sallie_N) September 28, 2022
As Sallie said, to his credit, Kimbrel took ownership. After the game he mentioned his frustration with himself and his non-competitive pitches — or misses, rather. He and Dave Roberts described the misses as pulled and yanked. Less than ideal with eight games remaining for him to earn a role for October.
More from Twitter
I'm still confused why we let Kenley walk and then thought this guy was a good backup. He hasn't been dominant since about '17. Kenley had a great last 4 months of the season last year. Kimbrel hasn't had that stretch since that '17 season.
— NoMLBthisYear (@Whofncare) September 28, 2022
His walk rate has been the issue this year.
— Eric (@Eric1to3for5) September 28, 2022
Rather lose without him, then with him tbh
— Sabrina Ellsworth? (@JoJozs_Babii) September 28, 2022
My final thoughts
Kimbrel is doing everything he can to not make the postseason roster. Respect.
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) September 28, 2022
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