Craig Kimbrel pitched Tuesday night, which normally wouldnt seem like a big deal, but considering how quiet his month has been, its news.
Kimbrel closed Kris Medlens latest win a 2-0 victory over San Diego in typical spectacular fashion, striking out the side in the ninth to render a leadoff single useless to the Padres cause. There was nothing unusual about Kimbrels appearance except for one thing: He actually pitched.
Dont worry about overuse this year. There have been times this month when Ive wondered if Kimbrel was still on the team. I hope somebody didnt need to stir him to action last night.
Hey! Wake up! The season isnt over yet. We need you. Right now!
Thats how seldom hes been used in August, and the bullpen can be a quiet place for a nap.
Nobody can criticize Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez for squeezing that last bit of effectiveness out of Kimbrel this year. The young closer has pitched in eight games this month and if you face challenges counting to 31 the calen...