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Issues with Craig Kimbrel come down to delivery

The closer has started to “go rotational,” Dave Roberts says, leading to inconsistent pitching

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What’s the deal with Craig Kimbrel? He’s allowed runs in five of his last seven appearances, including one blown save, and 12 baserunners over 6 13 innings. This is certainly not the Kimbrel the Dodgers were expecting.

But manager Dave Roberts doesn’t seem terribly concerned. He and his pitching staff have isolated a few issues for Kimbrel to work out, primarily in the closer’s delivery.

“We’re trying to get him to be more linear towards home plate,” Roberts said. “It starts a little bit with his setup where he closes himself off a lot, kind of subconsciously. And to come out of that, he gets really rotational. Then the breaking ball gets sweepy and the fastball is inconsistent.”

Roberts plans to continue giving Kimbrel consistent work, saying that Kimbrel won’t go more than three days without pitching to stay sharp.

Bill Plunkett at the OC Register has more.

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