Peter Moylan, Kris Medlen and Billy Wagner pose in tribute to Braves’ closer Craig Kimbrel
At the young age of 24, Craig Kimbrel has already cemented his status as one of the elite closers in all of baseball—perhaps even the best.
In this season, his second full year in the big leagues, the former third round pick has put together a remarkable campaign, evolving into a legitimate Cy Young candidate despite his role as a reliever.
With 42 saves and a 1.02 ERA, Kimbrel has been among the Braves’ most valuable players and among the most fascinating figures in the game today. Despite being somewhat of an underdog for the Cy Young Award, the mere fact that he’s in the conversation proves just how good he’s been.
But Kimbrel’s season has been more than just Cy Young-worthy—it’s been historic.
His 16.5 strikeouts per nine innings ratio is currently the best K/9 ratio ever recorded by a Major League pitcher. His .123 batting average-against is the lowest figure among MLB pitchers since 19...