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Dodgers Fans React to Craig Kimbrel’s Latest Loss

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).

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.

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  1. It’s hard to watch or listen to Dodger games when you know that DR may pull the rug out from under you by bringing in Kimbrel to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

    1. DR is the best manager the other club has when it comes to running Kimbrel out there to lose another game. So, when, or will, DR be able to kick his Kimbrel addiction?

  2. The key to Crumble making the playoff roster, is Treinon. If Treinon is on it, Crumble is off. It’s that simple.

  3. Roberts lied to us about the closer by committee. I still feel like Kimbrel can figure his stuff out.

  4. On a positive note, I look good when Kimbrel comes in. I tell my girlfriend “I predict he is going to allow at least one walk and at least one hit and at least one run to blow the game”. I’m usually right, of course, and she says “Wow, you really know your baseball!” I feel so proud of my special foresight.

  5. On the positive side, I look great when Kimbrel comes in to pitch. I tell my girlfriend “I predict he is going to allow a run to blow the game”. I’m right most of the time, of course, and she says “Wow, you really know you’re baseball!” I feel so proud.

  6. When you have full bases, full count, throw it down the middle, why was Barnes target on the bottom of the zone? And lay off that knuckle curve. Always gets him into trouble.

  7. When Kimbral came in, I thought, “Shxx, another unnecessary loss”. Question: Why didn’t the Bazooka come in instead???

  8. I remember Tommy telling the guys are you playing for to win or are you playing to lose

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