Craig Kimbrel will stay closer to Dodgers despite struggles, says Dave Roberts | Launderer’s report

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Los Angeles Dodgers closest Craig Kimbrel hasn’t looked like himself this season, but the eight-time All-Star job doesn’t seem in jeopardy.

Dave Roberts, Dodgers coach told reporters Coming off of Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Guardians, Kimbrel will remain the team’s closest despite his recent struggles.

Kimbrel is down to 0-3 and his ERA is at 4.71 this season after giving up two runs with two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game. It was another dull performance that continued a terrible streak for the 34-year-old in his first season with the Dodgers:

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Craig Kimbrel has allowed 24 baserunners and 10 earned runs in his last 12 innings.

Kimbrel has made 12 saves this season. Daniel Hudson is the only other Dodgers reliever to see significant action late in games, recording five saves with a 2-3 record.

After establishing himself as one of the most dominant irons in the majors, Kimbrel has been on a steep decline since being moved to the role of setup man after the Chicago White Sox acquired him from the middle of last season. In 24 appearances in 2021, he posted a 2-2 record with a 5.09 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 23 innings of work.

Despite Sunday’s loss, the Dodgers retain first place in the National League West with a 40-25 record. Los Angeles is 3-5 in its last eight games, but that should change as the team begins a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. The Reds are 23-43 and will go on a four-game losing streak in Game 1 of the series.

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