The guy with the answers is never too far away whenever Craig Kimbrel needs advice or an opinion, or could just use a laugh.
He can usually just turn to his left or right to find his knowledgeable teammate, the veteran who is quick to share his wisdom, a joke or two, and a smile that disappears only when he enters a game.
Kimbrel, the Braves overpowering young closer, has come to rely on Livan Hernandez, who could barely bust a balloon with his velocity these days.
Their conversations go much beyond velocity. Kimbrel constantly picks his brain, asking questions about hitters, pitch selection, game situations, and even life.
Theres not much that Hernandez hasnt seen in his 17 seasons in the majors. And theres not much he wont talk about.
Any time you have a question about something Whats your outlook on this? or How would you go about this? Its great to have that, you know, Kimbrel said. (Livan) has been out there. He has an understanding of the game. Obviously, he does, becau...