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Dodgers Open to Replacing Craig Kimbrel? Could Closer Cost LA World Series?

We all knew this day would come, didn’t we?

After eight straight scoreless and hitless appearances from Craig Kimbrel, we knew he had to come back down to earth at some point.

And unfortunately, that day came. And even more unfortunately, he did so by giving up a walk-off three-run dinger on Wednesday to a guy hitting .217 on the year.

With the postseason quickly approaching, fans took to Twitter to share their trust levels in Kimbrel. Our Doug McKain broke it all down right here:

The good news is Kimbrel has looked much better over the course of the last month. And, to his credit, Sergio Alcantara put an impressive swing on that walk-off home run on a pretty tough pitch to hit.

So from that outing alone, I don’t think we can say Kimbrel has lost it just yet.

But there are still major concerns regarding Kimbrel that fans have worried about all season long.

Here are some fan takes following Kimbrel’s most recent blown save:

With the postseason in less than a month, Kimbrel will probably need a few more solid appearances to have an opportunity to close games in October. If not, he could find himself in more of a setup role or as a middle inning reliever.

What are your trust levels in Craig Kimbrel right now on a scale of 1-10? Do you think he should close games in October? Leave a comment below!

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


  1. 3. I have little to no faith in Kimblow to close. Especially with better options available.

  2. I m rating krumble is a “2” I don’t think he should close in September unless dodgers have 7 runs or more and the opponent has 4 or less

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