The rain was falling in New York when Kimbrel entered the game, which may have contributed to his location problems -- just 13 of his 28 pitches were strikes. He was yanked in favor of Joe Kelly, who served up a grand slam to Mark Teixeira. The performance was shocking after Kimbrel had been lights out since mid-August.
Manager Pete Mackanin said the elbow issue is not serious. Given how late it is in the season, the Phillies could opt to shut Ramos down rather than risk further aggravation to his elbow.
He saved one game for the Reds earlier this year and has spent a lot of time in high-leverage situations for the Angels, thanks in no small part to the 2.78 ERA and 1.19 WHIP he's notched over 46.1 innings since coming over to Anaheim. It's surprising to see them turn to him in the ninth with how effective Andrew Bailey's been, though.
That's about as easy as they come. The veteran closer has had a bit of a tough 2016, as his typically unimpeachable control has been off, but he's still put up his third consecutive season with a save total in the mid-30s. That's not to say his declining control isn't a concern looking ahead to next year, though.
Oh indicated that he could have played through it if needed, so the move was likely a precautionary one. The Cardinals continue to jostle for a playoff spot and could certainly use his help to do so. His next chance to return to the mound comes in Thursday's series finale against the Reds. It will be interesting to see if he's available should a save situation arise.
Per the report, Goody's locker has been cleared out, and so with the season set to end Sunday it would seem to imply he won't be back for the remainder of the year. If that's the case, the 25-year-old closes out 2016 with 34 strikeouts in 29 innings (10.6 K/9), but an uninspiring 4.66 ERA and a 5.34 FIP that suggests he was even lucky to attain that mark.
Familia is now 50-for-55 in save chances this season, and on the cusp of his first saves title. His .225 BAA is a bit high considering his dominance, but Familia is a master of working with men on base and limiting damage. He's got 80 strikeouts in 75.2 innings this year.
Making his 12th and final start of the season, the 25-year-old failed to go out on a positive note. Outside of an 8.2-inning gem against the Dodgers on Sept. 11, Urena dropped three of his last four starts. He finishes his sophomore campaign with a 6.13 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 83.2 innings (28 appearances).
Making his eighth and final start of the season, the rookie delivered another fine outing. In his last seven starts, Lugo is 5-0 while his team is a perfect 7-0. The 26-year-old finished the year's final month with a 2.76 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.
Making just his second start of the season (his other was on July 6 and lasted just one inning), the 28-year-old suffered some unfortunate luck when a 45-minute delay ended his night. McAllister has appeared in 53 games for the Indians this season, managing a respectable 3.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 52.1 innings. Although unlikely, McAllister's short-lived night might afford him an opportunity to be used out of the bullpen over the weekend.