When Craig Kimbrel was acquired from the San Diego Padres for top-tier prospects, there were high expectations for the dominant closer. With a fastball that is near triple digits, and a violent breaking ball that is nearly unhittable, his stuff is out this world for a closer. If only he could control those pitches on a consistent basis.
So far, he is six of six on save opportunities. And while the first two were not pretty, his last four have been what Red Sox fans have been hoping for.
In his last three saves, he has not allowed a single base runner, and has struck out 7 out of 9 batters. That is the type of stuff that invokes fear into a team. Whenever the ninth inning comes and the opposing team is down a run, Red Sox fans should have 100% confidence in Craig Kimbrel to make sure not even a single batter reaches first base.