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Looking at the NL leaders in saves, its quite fitting that Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel are tied for the league lead in saves. It seldomly works out that the two best relievers in a respective league, let alone in all of baseball, also have the most saves in a league. Both have performed well enough to be mentioned in the discussion for the NL Cy Young. Neither will win, but they will both receive votes when the awards are voted on after this season. While one of these two has a distinct edge, there is no doubt both pitchers deserve credit for a tremendous season. Hopefully it continues into the postseason, as these are two pitchers who will be fun to watch in October.
Neither pitcher should be ashamed of their numbers this season, but Kimbrel has the advantage. Kimbrel has a better ERA (1.18-1.60), WHIP (0.675-0.798), hits/9 IP (3.7-4.5), BB/9 IP (2.4-2.7) and Ks/9 IP (16.5-15.9). Chapman has more IP (67 2/3-53 1/3) an
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Cincinnati Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman threw for the first time since being shut down Monday with shoulder fatigue. He had no problems. "We said five to seven days," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "This is day No. 4. It helps that we have a couple of off days in there, it's not like he's missing seven games." Chapman agreed. "A few more days...
The Reds completed the sweep of the Pirates last night by a score of 1-2. Homer Bailey put in a very nice start for his 11th win, which is a career-high number of wins for him. J.J. Hoover pitched in the ninth inning for the first save of his career. The 2 RBI belong to…Wilson Valdez? And Scott Rolen?
Lots of unusual things happening tonight.
Today the Reds...
After averaging a measly 94.4 mph on 23 pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, dominant Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will be shelved for roughly a week to combat shoulder fatigue. The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Chapman (5-5, 1.60 ERA), … Continue reading →
ATLANTA The confidence never left Kris Medlen.
Not when he had Tommy John surgery.
Not when he missed nearly an entire season while rehabbing his right elbow.
And not when he started this season in the Braves' bullpen.
That's just how he thinks, how he attacks life.
It's not cockiness or arrogance. He just thinks he can beat you.
Medlen is the guy with the straight...
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves activated Ben Sheets from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, and he will pitch out of the bullpen for the first time in his career.
He was on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation for three weeks.
Sheets lost his third straight start Aug. 23 at San Francisco, dropping to 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in eight starts.
Sheets has started...
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Hey Braves: if you think sending me a picture of Jonny Venters being really excited after a killer strikeout will make me consider 2013 season tickets...
...Well, you're not wrong. ;)
We'll see how the off-season goes.
As Chipper Jones continues his farewell tour across Major League Baseball, the Brewers may have given him the most unique gift he will receive.
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The Cincinnati Reds have had a number of surprising heroes as they have pulled away from the field in the 2012 National League Central despite losing one the best players in baseball, Joey Votto, for a substantial chunk of games (although Votto has still managed to be worth about five wins this year). In addition to the expected contributions...
It was a good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel in Cincinnati on Wednesday night as Homer Bailey (11-9) put together one of his better Great American Ballpark performances and put away Pittsburgh, 2-1. The win inches the Reds closer to October as their magic number continues to shrink. It now stands at just eight after St. Louis fell to San Diego, 3-2. For more details on the...
With the Blaze's playoff loss on Wednesday, all of the Reds minor league organizations are through with baseball for this season so it's time we finished recapping each team's season. Statistical leaders were chosen among those who played significant time. It's not limited to a certain number of ABs or IPs, really. I just picked who I thought played enough...
Video: Great catch by the Braves superstar
ATLANTA (AP) -- Kris Medlen struck out a career-high 13 and the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals when Andrelton Simmons scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning Friday night.
Simmons reached on an infield single against Sean Burnett (1-2) and scurried to third when Michael Bourn lined a single that dropped in right field. Pinch hitter Tyler...
Pinch-runner Jeff Baker scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when reliever Ryan Mattheus hit Andrelton Simmons' uniform with a bases-loaded pitch that helped the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Saturday.
Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman homered for the Braves, who have won the first two games in the series and nine of 13.
Atlanta moved within 6...