Here's What's Wrong With Craig Kimbrel

Jason Schandl
Craig Kimbrel had a terrible start to the 2020 MLB season for the Chicago Cubs.
Craig Kimbrel had a terrible start to the 2020 MLB season for the Chicago Cubs. / Ron Vesely/Getty Images
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Craig Kimbrel got off to a rough start with the Chicago Cubs when he joined the team in 2019, posting a 6.53 ERA on the year. Now things are looking even worse in 2020. He recorded only one out, walking the bases full and allowing two earned runs (one on a walk and one by hitting a batter).

Cubs fans might be wondering what's wrong with the seven-time all-star, and this stat could shine some light on his struggles.

Hitters have completely solved Kimbrel's delivery. Being able to read his curveball every time is allowing hitters to sit on the pitches they want to see, giving them a huge edge.

This is reflected in his 2019 stats as well. He drew swinging strikes on 14.8 percent of his pitches, which was down from 19.8 percent and 17.2 percent in the previous two seasons.

If Kimbrel wants to have any hope of bouncing back in 2020, he's going to need to get this issue under control as soon as possible.


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