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56 Joe Kelly SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/185 | Birthdate: 6/9/1988 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 34/19 | Average Draft Position: 208.82
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Joe Kelly surrenders four runs in win vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly earned a win Saturday, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 10-4 victory over the Yankees.

Kelly (6-4) delivered six scoreless innings before the Yankees pushed home a run in the seventh and did more damage in the eighth. He ends up 4-2 in his time in Boston, with all four of his wins coming in his last five starts. Kelly ends the season with a 4.20 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 66:42 K:BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings.


Joe Kelly thwarts Orioles for fifth win


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Joe Kelly tied his career high of seven innings in a start, as he gained the win in the Red Sox's 3-2 victory over the Orioles on Sunday. Kelly held the Orioles to two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out five.

Kelly is now 5-4 on the season with a 4.15 ERA. His next -- and final -- start of the season will come on Saturday against the Yankees.


Red Sox shuffle rotation for final week


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) WEEI.com reports that Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa have been removed from the Red Sox's rotation for the final week of the season. Clay Buchholz, Anthony Ranaudo and Allen Webster are set to make starts against the Rays, and then Joe Kelly and Buchholz will start the last two games of the team's season-ending series against the Yankees.

Friday's starter in the series opener against the Yankees is still to be named, but Steven Wright is a candidate to get the nod. Wright has posted a 3.38 ERA in five relief appearances this season.


Joe Kelly overcomes early struggles


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Joe Kelly put the Red Sox in an early hole against the Royals, giving up four runs -- including a three-run home run by Eric Hosmer -- in the second inning of Sunday's contest. However, he rebounded with four scoreless frames, and he was credited with the win in the Red Sox's 8-4 victory.

Over six innings, Kelly allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three batters. The win raised Kelly's record to 4-4, though his ERA rose to 4.28. His next scheduled start is next Sunday at the Orioles.


Joe Kelly takes step back Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly took a step back Monday against the Orioles, dropping to 3-4 on the year. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and three walks while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings of a 4-0 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Kelly has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 4.14 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 14 starts (76 innings). His next start will come Sunday at Kansas City.

Joe Kelly tosses quality start Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly tossed a quality start Tuesday against the Yankees.

Kelly allowed three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and issued four walks during the game. Kelly performed well early on, but found himself in trouble late in the start. A solo home run put a dent in the outing in the third inning, but Kelly didn’t really find himself in trouble until the fifth.

Kelly allowed three straight singles to open the frame, though was slightly bailed out when his defense threw out Martin Prado on the basepaths. With men on second and third, Kelly then walked the bases loaded. He walked the next batter as well, bringing in the first run of the inning. Derek Jeter would also single in a run later in the inning. 

With the win, Kelly moved to 3-3. He’ll take on the Blue Jays in his next start. 


Joe Kelly picks up no decision despite strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Kelly allowed one run on three hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. Toronto was able to get to Kelly in the first inning. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Jose Bautista belted his 26th home run of the year. Kelly was able to settle in at that point. While he put two men on in the second inning, Kelly was able to work around it, keeping the Blue Jays off the board. He wasn’t really threatened by Toronto over the rest of his start.

The Red Sox mounted a comeback in the sixth inning, putting Kelly in line for the win. He improved to 3-3. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start. 


Joe Kelly set to make next scheduled start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly is in line to make his next scheduled start Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports.

Kelly was pulled from his last start after 88 pitches due to a "sensation" in his shoulder, but subsequent tests didn't reveal symptoms that would be indicative of an injury, and Kelly didn't report any ill effects Saturday. He'll pitch his normal bullpen session Sunday in advance of Wednesday's start.


Joe Kelly removed with 'sensation' in shoulder


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's game with "sensation" in his shoulder, according to the Boston Herald

Kelly was removed for precautionary reasons. He expects to make his next start. Kelly felt the issue in the fifth inning. 


Joe Kelly pulled for 'precautionary reasons'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was pulled for "precautionary reasons" Friday against the Mariners.

Kelly allowed one hit over five scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. Kelly was pulled after throwing 88 pitches. It was announced later in the game that the club pulled him for precautionary reasons. Following the game, the club announced Kelly was removed after feeling a "sensation" in his shoulder. Kelly left with the game tied, picking up the no-decision. 

He'll take on the Blue Jays if he can make his next start.


Joe Kelly has command issues in loss to Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly took a step back Sunday against the Astros, scattering seven runs on seven hits and six walks while striking out three over four innings of an 8-1 defeat. He dropped to 2-3 on the season.

Kelly has allowed 10 earned runs over his first three starts (17 innings) with his new club. He owns a 4.67 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 52 innings. His next start will come Friday at home against Seattle.

Joe Kelly tosses quality start in no-decision vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly wasn't a factor in Tuesday's decision after allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks in six innings and striking out four in his team's 3-2 win over the Reds.

Kelly put the first four runners he faced in the first inning on base with two walks and two singles to bring a pair of runs home, but he locked things down the rest of the way. He even contributed on offense, going 1 for 2 with a stolen base. Kelly owns a 3.75 ERA and 31:17 K:BB ratio in 48 innings. He's scheduled to face the Astros Sunday.


Joe Kelly tosses seven one-run innings vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly faced his former team Wednesday, giving up one earned run on three hits and four walks in seven innings and striking out two but not factoring into the decision in his team's 2-1 victory over the Cardinals.

Kelly, who was making his first start since being traded by the Cardinals to the Red Sox, appeared to suffer a leg injury running down the first-base line, but he remained in the game and managed to reach seven innings on a typical workload. He owns a 3.86 ERA and 27:14 K:BB ratio in 42 innings. Kelly is scheduled to face the Reds Tuesday.


Joe Kelly to make debut Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Newly acquired pitcher Joe Kelly will face his former teammates in his first start for the Red Sox, as he is set to join the rotation Wednesday against the Cardinals, reports the Boston Herald

Kelly had a 4.37 ERA in 35 innings with the Cardinals this season, which has been derailed due to a hamstring injury. 


Joe Kelly all but set to make first start against old teammates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) John Farrell has revealed that Red Sox starter Joe Kelly will probably pitch his first game for his new team against his old team. He would start during the series against St. Louis.

Kelly is hoping to right the ship after a poor run that ended his time with the Cardinals. He yielded 16 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings covering his last four starts.


Value hard to find among Red Sox rotation candidates


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Red Sox have decided to go all-in on next season, turning the rotation over to a slew of young guys after the trades of Jon Lester and John Lackey prior to the deadline. With so many innings up for grabs, Fantasy owners will want to keep a close eye on how things shake out, especially given the team's abundance of seemingly capable young starters.

Among the group of pitchers expected to get a shot at some point down the stretch are Anthony Ranaudo, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Brandon Workman and Joe Kelly. The latter four all have at least some major-league experience, though Ranaudo will get at least a taste of the majors when he debuts Friday against the Yankees. Of these five pitchers, who, if anyone, should Fantasy owners have their eyes on?

For now, it looks like De La Rosa, Ranaudo, Webster, Workman and Clay Buchholz have the next five spots in the rotation locked up, though a spot might open up for Kelly at some point once he reports to the team. De La Rosa, Buchholz and Kelly all have some measure of major-league success under their belts, though none profiles as a high-upside Fantasy option, given their middling track records so far. If upside is to be found, it is likely to come in the form of one of the other options. 

Webster has the best prospect pedigree among the group, and he and Ranaudo probably have the highest ceilings for now. Of course, the obvious caveats about young pitching apply. Though their upside is tantalizing, we simply don't have any record of success at the major-league level to depend on.

The Red Sox don't have a lot of sure things for their long-term rotation, and they will need to use these last few months get an idea of who they can count on next season. The question for Fantasy owners is whether they want their roster to be the team's laboratory during the most important months of the season. 

The young guys in Boston will all get their turns, but there isn't anyone in the rotation right now that screams "must-add," either due to a lack of upside or proven track record. AL-only owners might be smart to take a flier on anyone currently in the team's rotation, but it doesn't look like anyone here is worth consideration in mixed-leagues at this time. 


Red Sox acquire Joe Kelly, Allen Craig


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Red Sox acquired starting pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig from the Cardinals Thursday in exchange for starting pitcher John Lackey, according to baseball analyst Peter Gammons.

Joe Kelly blames struggles on poor fastball command


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly suffered his first loss in four starts since coming off the disabled list Wednesday at San Diego. However, he's struggled for the most part since his activation despite the one loss. 

The right-hander has posted a 7.32 ERA over his last four starts, and Kelly said his struggles have been related to poor command of his fastball, per MLB.com.

"It's running a lot," Kelly said of the pitch. "It's just something that I have to learn how to control here and be better at next time. I've been throwing good offspeed pitches, I feel, in all these games. My curveball was my best pitch (Wednesday). I should have thrown it 100 times. But you can't do that, obviously. It definitely all starts with the fastball."


Joe Kelly surrenders four runs in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly took a loss Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and one walk in five innings and striking out four in his team's 12-1 defeat against the Padres.

Kelly (2-2) gave up runs in the first, third and fourth innings as he turned in his second straight disappointing outing, giving up nine earned runs in 9 2/3 innings over his last two starts. He owns a 4.37 ERA and 25:10 K:BB ratio in 35 innings. Kelly is scheduled to face the Red Sox Tuesday, but a last-minute trade acquisition could knock him out of the rotation.


Joe Kelly serves up two home runs in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly was unable to make it out of the fifth inning in a no-decision against the Cubs Friday afternoon.

Kelly allowed a three-run home run to Ryan Sweeney in the second and a solo home run to opposing pitcher Travis Wood in the fourth inning. The right-hander was charged with five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings of work. Of his 95 pitches, 56 were strikes.

Kelly has allowed five-plus runs in two of his last three starts. He owns a 3.90 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP and 20:9 K:BB ratio over his first six starts (30 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at San Diego.

Joe Kelly goes seven strong in win over Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly put together a quality start in a win over the Dodgers on Saturday, improving to 2-1 on the year. Making his first start since the All-Star break, the right-hander permitted one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings of a 4-2 victory.

Kelly has allowed one earned run or fewer in all but one of his first five starts. He owns a 2.84 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 25 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Friday against the Cubs in Chicago.

Cardinals announce rotation for Dodgers series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) The Cardinals have chosen to give All-Star pitcher Adam Wainwright a few extra days to rest following the break, as he will not pitch in the weekend series against the Dodgers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Lance Lynn will start the second-half opener Friday. He will be followed by Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez in the three-game series.


Joe Kelly clobbered in Milwaukee


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly was smashed in his first outing off the disabled list Friday.

Kelly lasted just three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three during the outing. Kelly immediately found himself in trouble. He hit Carlos Gomez to open the game, and then proceeded to put the next two hitters on base. Aramis Ramirez managed to drive in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly, and Khris Davis opened things up with a two-run double. After another walk, Kelly managed to get out of the inning. 

The second inning offered no relief. Kelly allowed the first two runners to reach base, and then gave up a triple to Scooter Gennett, clearing the bases. With two outs, Ryan Braun also tripled, driving in the third run of the inning. Kelly actually pitched a scoreless third inning, but was pulled after he reached his pitch count. He threw 78 pitches during the outing. 

The Cardinals managed to battle back, giving Kelly the no-decision. His next start will likely be scheduled shortly after the All-Star break.


Joe Kelly activated from DL for Friday start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Cardinals officially activated pitcher Joe Kelly from the disabled list Friday, after his recovery from a hamstring injury was completed.

Kelly has not pitched in the majors since suffering the injury in mid-April, but is set to start Friday against the Brewers. He finished his minor-league rehab assignment having allowed three runs in 10 1/3 innings for Triple-A Memphis.


Joe Kelly has some Head-to-Head value


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) Joe Kelly is set to return to the Cardinals starting rotation Friday, which isn't exactly an earth-shattering development in Fantasy, but he's useful for certain formats.

Specifically, owners in Head-to-Head points leagues may want to take advantage of his relief pitcher eligibility. A quality starting pitcher tends to outscore the average closer in that format, and Kelly has been a quality starter when he's gotten the chance to start over the last three seasons. He hasn't been an especially flashy one, but that doesn't matter so much in points leagues, where strikeouts are worth only half a point.

Kelly isn't a great source of WHIP either, but he keeps runs off the board and is usually a good bet for a quality start, which is worth three points in standard CBSSports.com leagues. And while the Cardinals haven't had great success offensively this year, I think their talent eventually wins out and they make the playoffs as a wild card. A late-season surge would probably be reflected in Kelly's win-loss record.

Again, he's not the most exciting pitcher, and if I wanted a starting pitcher who I could slot as a reliever, I'd turn to Kevin Gausman, Carlos Martinez or Rubby De La Rosa before resorting to him. But Kelly has his place in Fantasy.