Originally posted on BravesWire  |  Last updated 7/29/13
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O’Flaherty/Kimbrel/Venters in 2011-2012:  1.79 ERA and .197 opposing AVG in 417 inns. Through the past two seasons, Atlanta’s bullpen dominance was driven by the trio of closer Craig Kimbrel and late-inning lefties Johnny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty. From the start of 2011 through the end of the 2012 season, the trio of Kimbrel, Venters & O’Flaherty combined for a 1.79 ERA and a .197 opposing batting average over 417 innings. And over that 2- year span, the Braves boasted the most effective bullpen in game. It was that late-inning dominance that led many fans to begin referring to the trio as “The Untouchables”. Entering the 2013 season, it was again that threesome that led many analysts to label Braves’ bullpen baseball’s best. But before even a single flip of the calendar Atlanta’s relief plans went off the rails. O’Flaherty threw only 18 innings in April before being sidelined by arm trouble, while Venters started the year on the disabled list. And just a few weeks into the s...
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