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58 Joe Kelly SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/185 | Birthdate: 6/9/1988 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 49/2 | Average Draft Position: 209.26
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Joe Kelly 'responding better than anticipated' to treatment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday starting pitcher Joe Kelly is "responding better than anticipated" as he gets treatment for a left hamstring strain, per MLB.com. Kelly has begun to play catch.

Joe Kelly placed on DL with hamstring injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) A hamstring injury sustained Wednesday while attempting to beat out an infield hit has landed Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list. He had been sent back to St. Louis for an MRI, the results of which have yet to be revealed.

Kelly has been brilliant in three starts with one earned run surrendered in 15 1/3 innings, though he owns just a 1-1 record. His 0.59 ERA leads the National League.


Joe Kelly headed back to St. Louis for further evaluation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly is headed back to St. Louis Thursday to have his hamstring evaluated after he left Wednesday's game at Milwaukee due to tightness in his left hamstring.

MLB.com suggests Tyler Lyons could replace Kelly in the rotation, if he is unable to make his start Monday against the Mets.


Joe Kelly diagnosed with hamstring tightness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The Cardinals announced starting pitcher Joe Kelly left Wednesday's start at Milwaukee due to tightness in his left hamstring. Kelly was hurt trying to beat out a bunt in the fifth inning.

Joe Kelly leaves start after four innings due to injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly left his start Wednesday at Milwaukee with an apparent hamstring injury.

Kelly called for the trainer after trying to beat out a bunt single in the top of the fifth inning. Kelly would not take the hill in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he was replaced by Seth Maness.

Kelly left trailing the game 1-0, but he pitched well before getting hurt. The right-handed hurler allowed one unearned run on three hits and no walks, while striking out two in four innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.59.

The only run Milwaukee scored off Kelly came on Carlos Gomez's RBI double in the third inning. However, he was charged with an unearned run as Logan Schafer, who scored the run on Gomez's double, reached base on a Matt Adams' fielding error.

Kelly's next scheduled start is for Monday against the Mets, but his status is up in the air following Wednesday's injury.


Joe Kelly give Cards six strong frames, settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly put together a quality start on Friday, but failed to factor into the decision in a 6-3 loss to the Cubs in extras.

Kelly tossed six scoreless innings before surrendering a run-scoring single to Ryan Sweeney in the seventh inning. He was charged with one unearned run on six hits and no walks while striking out three over six innings pitched.

Kelly has allowed just one earned run over 11 1/3 innings pitched to start the season. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Joe Kelly earns win in season debut Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly picked up a win in his season debut Saturday, giving up one earned run on six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 6-1 victory over the Pirates.

The run came as the result of back-to-back walks in the third inning that followed two singles, all with two outs, but Kelly was able to get the third out after giving up the run to limit the damage. He was pulled after hitting a batter in the sixth inning and left with two men on base, neither of which came around to score. Kelly is expected to make his next start Friday against the Cubs.


Joe Kelly beats out Carlos Martinez for spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Sunday pitcher Joe Kelly has beaten out Carlos Martinez for the final spot in the team's rotation, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Martinez will now be moved to a setup role in front of closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Joe Kelly manages to work around control problems Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly worked around some control issues in his fourth spring start Sunday against the Astros. Kelly walked a spring-high four batters, but he allowed just two runs on two hits in five-plus innings, while striking out five.

Kelly tossed five scoreless innings before the Astros scored twice in the sixth inning. Kelly gave up a leadoff triple in the sixth inning, then an RBI single and a walk before being pulled with no outs.

Kelly has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his four spring starts. He has a 6.28 ERA.


Joe Kelly bounces back with gem against Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) It's hard to believe Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly has not secured a spot in the rotation based on his 2013 numbers alone. But if he continues to perform as he did Saturday against an Atlanta team using its prime lineup, he should lock one up.

Kelly rebounded from a poor start to the spring by giving up just one earned run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. His control, with which he had been struggling, was fine. He walked none and struck out three.

The 25-year-old Kelly won 10 of 15 decisions a year ago with a 2.69 ERA.


Joe Kelly works on secondary pitches in Monday's outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two in 1 2/3 innings in his team's 8-5 loss to the Tigers Monday.

Kelly, who's competing for the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation, used the outing to work on his secondary pitches. "Obviously, I'm going to get the hitter out the best I can," he told MLB.com. "But I really want to know where I'm at with my offspeed stuff and my breaking stuff, especially early on in Spring Training when there's time to work on it."

Kelly went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 79:44 K:BB ratio in 124 innings with the Cardinals last season.


Improved curve could result in improved Joe Kelly


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Opposing hitters might argue that the stuff tossed by Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly was strong enough. But the 25-year-old improved his curveball over the offseason, which could make him even better. Add the confidence he gained from his 2013 success and there is a reason for the optimism expressed by general manager John Mozeliak.

"I think he started to understand his own identity," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I think that's the natural maturation of getting experience. I definitely feel like there is more of a comfort level of how he pitched when he pitched. He doesn't quite seem like [he has] the swing-and-miss (velocity) like (Carlos) Martinez or (Michael) Wacha or (Shelby) Miller, but he still has horsepower and as he improves with a style of pitching it could be there."

Kelly's fastball has still been clocked at up to 98 mph. He showed it in a 12-start stint last season in which he went 9-2 with a 2.09 ERA.


Joe Kelly settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly turned in a solid outing as he failed to factor into the decision in Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox Saturday night.

Kelly tossed four scoreless inning before allowing a run to score on a Mike Carp fielder's choice in the fifth and a run-scoring single to Daniel Nava in the sixth. He yielded two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out six over 5 1/3 innings of a 5-4 win. 

Kelly has allowed at least two earned runs in each of his first four postseason outings. He could be an option to start in Game 7, if necessary.


Joe Kelly to start Game 3 of World Series


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly has been named the starter for Game 3 of the World Series Saturday in St. Louis.

Kelly made 15 starts and 22 relief appearances for the Cardinals during the regular season, going 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 79:44 K:BB ratio in 124 innings. He's made three postseason starts to date, giving up eight earned runs in 16 1/3 innings while the Cardinals have gone 1-2 in his starts.


Joe Kelly surrenders four runs in Game 5 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2013) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly gave up four earned runs on on seven hits, no walks and two home runs while striking out three in five innings as the Cardinals fell to the Dodgers, 6-4, in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

Kelly gave up just 10 home runs in 124 innings during the regular season and none in his previous two postseason starts, but Adrian Gonzalez gave the Dodgers the lead for good with a third-inning solo homer. Despite the loss, the Cardinals have two chances to win at home and advance to the World Series. Game 6 is scheduled for Friday.


Joe Kelly escapes with no-decision in Game 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly bounced back from a slow start and left Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers Friday night with a no-decision.

Kelly surrendered a two-run single to Juan Uribe in the third inning for his only damage of the night. He settled down the rest of the way through, as he yielded only two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of work. He has allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 11 1/3 innings this postseason.


Joe Kelly gets the nod for Game 1 of NLCS


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2013) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly will get the start for Game 1 of the NLCS.

Kelly started Game 3 of the NLDS, giving up two earned runs in 5 1/3 inning. He received a no-decision. Kelly will be set to oppose Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. Kelly had a 2.69 ERA in 124 innings. 


Joe Kelly takes no-decision in wild start


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly took a no-decision in his first postseason start Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Kelly suffered bouts of wildness as he allowed three runs (two earned) over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five but walked four and served up five hits. Barring emergency duty in Game 5, Kelly's NLDS is likely over.

Joe Kelly to start Game 3 of NLDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly will draw the start for Sunday's Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Kelly went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 79:44 K:BB ratio in 124 innings over 37 appearances (15 starts) in the regular season. He was even better in the second half, posting a 9-2 record with a 1.91 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts).

Pirates batters hit .250/.337/.310 off Kelly as he went 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 16:10 K:BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings against his Game 3 opponent during the regular season.


Joe Kelly earns 10th win with 5 1/3 scoreless innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly moved to 10-5 Sunday, throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out five in his team's 4-0 win over the Cubs.

Kelly didn't start this game, as the team gave Jake Westbrook what will likely be his final start in a Cardinals uniform. However, Kelly certainly earned his victory in the finale. He goes into the postseason with a 2.69 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 79:44 K:BB ratio in 124 innings.


Joe Kelly falls to 9-5


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Cardinals starter Joe Kelly took his fifth loss Sunday against Milwaukee.

Kelly went seven innings and allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks. He struck out just two. His ERA is still a sharp 2.81, and he has a strong case to make St. Louis's playoff rotation.


Joe Kelly cleared for Saturday start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly has been cleared to start Saturday against the Brewers.

Kelly has been dealing with calf tightness, which caused him to leave his last start after five innings. He was able to get through a bullpen session Thursday with no issues. Kelly has a 2.74 ERA in 111 2/3 innings. 


Joe Kelly suffering from calf tightness


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Cardinals starter Joe Kelly was forced to leave Tuesday's start against Colorado after five innings with calf tightness, MLB.com reports.

Kelly still managed five scoreless innings and the victory. According to manager Mike Matheny, the move was largely precautionary and may not have been necessary had the Cardinals not built a big lead. The injury sounds like one of the bumps and bruises of a 162-game season, and Kelly is expected to make his next scheduled start.


Joe Kelly stays sharp in win over Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (9-4) turned in a solid outing as he earned his ninth win of the season Tuesday night at Colorado. The right-hander permitted only three hits and two walks while striking over five scoreless innings of an 11-4 victory.

Kelly has allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of his last three starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Sunday night at Milwaukee. He is 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA in four appearances (one start) against the Brewers.

Joe Kelly takes step back vs. Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (8-4) took a step back as he suffered his fourth loss of the season Thursday night against the Brewers. The right-hander yielded four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings of a 5-3 defeat.

Kelly has allowed eight earned runs combined over his last five starts (29 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday at Colorado. He is 4-0 with a 2.02 ERA in 17 appearances (five starts).