Craig Kimbrel finished out the regular season with a pair of saves, but he may head into the off-season with a bruised ego after Phillies fans mocked him on Saturday night.
The flame-throwing closer is known for looking in at the catcher for his signs hunched over with his throwing arm hung out like a leg on the letter M before coming set. Phillies fans behind home plate at Citizens Bank Park mocked Kimbrel as he was pitching to Freddy Galvis with one out and runners on second and third. It’s actually quite amusing.
Say what you will about Kimbrel’s idiosyncrasy, but it works. He ends the season with 47 saves, a 1.61 ERA, and a 95/26 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.