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Craig Kimbrel’s struggles raise major Dodgers playoff question

The Dodgers have the perfect document in baseball and with 106 wins are one victory away from setting a franchise document, however all is not so good as it seems in La La Land.

Already, Craig Kimbrel has been demoted from the workforce’s nearer position. It didn’t matter on Tuesday evening, although, because the struggling 34-year-old righty blew one other sport for L.A., with the Padres knocking off the Dodgers, 4-3, in what was a brutal tenth inning for the reliever.

Kimbrel wasn’t the one one in charge — the Dodgers had been 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position — however he performed his half with a pair of two-out walks that included one with the bases loaded handy San Diego the walk-off win.

“I just missed some fastballs and threw some uncompetitive pitches,” Kimbrel instructed reporters.

Craig Kimbrel takes a second earlier than going through a Padres batter through the tenth inning Tuesday evening.
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Others contributed to the loss as effectively — third baseman Justin Turner fell down on a possible inning-ending double play within the first, left fielder Chris Taylor dropped a fly ball within the eighth and Turner dedicated one other error with two outs and the bases loaded. But Kimbrel’s troubles and the present closer-by-committee scenario might be problematic come the postseason.

An eight-time All-Star, Kimbrel is 6-7 with a woeful 4.02 ERA because the Dodgers acquired him from the White Sox again in April in a deal for A.J. Pollock.

What does it imply for the Dodgers, who two years in the past received the World Series earlier than falling to the Braves in six video games in final year’s NLCS?

“I think so,” Kimbrel stated when requested if he might nonetheless contribute within the playoffs. “I think I’ve got some good pitching to do in the next couple days to prove that.”

Craig Kimbrel leaves the field after giving up a bases-loaded walk to the Padres in the 10th inning Tuesday night.
Craig Kimbrel leaves the sector after giving up a bases-loaded stroll to the Padres within the tenth inning Tuesday evening.
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Whether he will get that probability stays to be seen, although.

“Like I said, every day is a test,” supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “He has to go out there. I’ll keep getting him out there when it makes sense and we’ll make decisions as we get down the line.”

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