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While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 81 (SD at STL)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (38-43) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (51-27) yesterday, 5-3 in eleven innings at Busch Stadium. Will Venable hit a two-run home run in the eleventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Craig Kimbrel pitched...
Via Padres Public
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen has Been Quietly Dominant

Is 2015 the year Kenley Jansen finally gets an all-star nod? – Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez/US Presswire The conversation for “best closer in baseball” in recent years has been monopolized by stars like Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Greg Holland, and career save king Mariano Rivera. But there is one notable name that should be in the discussion that escapes from most...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel returning to form in San Diego

After pitching a scoreless ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night, San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 19th save on the season and has now converted on 10 consecutive save opportunities. After enduring a rough patch earlier in the season in which Kimbrel allowed 10 earned runs through 11 appearances, he seems to have finally settled in and is pitching...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Numbers show: Don’t put your closer in when the game is tied

Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsFrom Mariano Rivera to Craig Kimbrel, Trevor Hoffman to Joe Nathan, the game of baseball has seen many great closers come and go. Recently, it seems as if the role of closer has been magnified as bullpens specialize more and more. Closers have a certain mojo. Rivera came out to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. Hoffman came out to AC/DC’s “Hell...
Via Sports-Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Who will represent the San Diego Padres in 2015 All-Star Game?

Major League Baseball over the past decade or so has lost some fans due to the steroid-era scandal and the growing fan-bases of basketball and football. However, one thing the NBA and NFL don’t have on the MLB is an exciting and well-organized All-Star game. The MLB All-Star game is the best in professional sports. Baseball prides itself on putting together a quality event that...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Pulse: Touki Toussaint, John Hart’s Latest Coup

The Atlanta Braves were supposed to be a terrible baseball team this year. With the trades of Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, and Justin Upton, just to name the big ones, even the most ardent Braves fans were expecting a full rebuild. Nearly halfway through the season, however, Atlanta finds themselves a mere three games out of first place in a weak NL East division. Sure...
Via Baseball Professor
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Switch of Scenery Ailing Craig Kimbrel

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) works in the 11th inning of baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, June 8, 2015, in Atlanta. San Diego won 5-3. Mandatory credit: AP Photo/John Bazemore If you had told an Atlanta Braves fan a few months ago they were going to trade perennial all-star closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres he would have laughed...
Via The Sports Journal
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The World of the Closer

Closers have been tough to depend on in fantasy baseball in recent years and that may be the case in 2015 more than ever. The highest drafted closers in every league were Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel and Greg Holland, and so far, none of them have lived up to their expectation. The Elites that haven’t performed like it Aroldis Chapman has been good when he’s had the chance...
Via The Fantasy Fix
18 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Trade Rumors: Buyers or Sellers Edition

Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Craig Kimbrel, and James Shields. They all have something in common: rookie-G.M. A.J. Preller brought them all to San Diego in an effort to bring the city its first NL West title since 2006. These six 2015 additions have led the Padres to a mediocre start through their first 65 games. It seems fitting that half of these six guys have...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Trades and aquistions paying off for Atlanta

Coming into the 2015 season, the Atlanta Braves had a lot to prove. On the eve of Opening Day they said goodbye to fan favorite and closer extraordinaire Craig Kimbrel. They had already traded the bats of Justin Upton and Jason Heyward. They let go of a big chunk of relievers. But they also made trades that restocked the farm system and signed talented players in Shelby Miller and...
Via BravesWire
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: June 11th, 2015

If you read only one thing….. The Braves and Padres’ story has been intertwined all season following the major trade before the season that saw Craig Kimbrel go to the Padres and Cameron Maybin go to the Braves. The rest of the parts are either gone or irrelevant at this point. This week saw the two teams battle it out in an epic series that has included a bench clearing brawl...
Via The Fantasy Fix
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Cameron Maybin may be the answer for the Atlanta Braves

Everyone who had Cameron Maybin as the key to the deal that sent Craig Kimbrel from the Atlanta Braves to the San Diego Padres please raise your hand.  Anyone? Me neither.  But after Maybin’s recent hot streak I am starting to reconsider my position. In truth, the Braves made the deal so that they would be rid of Melvin Upton Jr.‘s anemic bat and his huge contract.  Two very...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel on feelings towards Braves after trade

Many anticipated Craig Kimbrel would be the Braves' closer for years to come, but an offseason trade sent him packing from Atlanta to San Diego. Kimbrel made his return to Turner Field on Monday for the first time since being traded by the Braves, and talked about his feelings towards the organization before the game. "I have a ton of great memories here," the Padres closer said...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel: Weekly Pitcher’s Spotlight

This week’s spotlight is on the closer of the San Diego Padres, Craig Kimbrel. It was just hours before first pitch on Opening Night of the season this year, when the Padres landed Kimbrel in a blockbuster trade with the Atlanta Braves. Beginning Monday night, Kimbrel makes his return to Atlanta when the Padres and Braves duel in a four-game series. It is almost certain that Kimbrel...
Via Baseball Essential
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Upton brothers, Craig Kimbrel return to Atlanta Monday night

This past offseason for the Atlanta Braves featured a significant amount of turnover. The team traded away big name players, brought in youngsters and veterans to take their place and revamped the entire roster. The Braves traded away the most expensive siblings in baseball as well as the game’s best closer to the San Diego Padres. After trading away Justin Upton along with Melvin...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves holding open tryout in Honolulu, Hawaii

It’s no secret that the Atlanta Braves are looking to fill their minor league system with top tier talent. They traded some of the most respectable players in the game to do so, players like defensive stud Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, and Justin Upton. Theres no doubt about it, the Braves are serious about refurbishing their minor league system, and they are willing to send scouts...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves rebuilding the right way

For Atlanta Braves’ fans it might be hard watching relievers come in, give up leads, blow saves, and lose games. It might be hard watching an inconsistent offense struggle to put up runs and produce wins for a talented but young pitching staff; it’s probably especially hard for 24 year-old phenom Shelby Miller who is statistically one of the best pitchers in baseball, yet receives...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
29 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB draft preview: Atlanta Braves

After trading away much of the club’s major league talent to replenish a weak farm system, phase two of John Hart’s plan to rebuild the Atlanta Braves begins on Monday with the 2015 MLB draft. The Braves President of Baseball Operations will have five of the first 75 picks and six of the first 89 this year, so the opportunity to make an impact is surely there. How did the Braves...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Braves are Salvaging a Salary Dump

Two months ago, almost on the nose, the Padres concluded their offseason by picking up Craig Kimbrel. It was a pretty big move between the Padres and the Braves, but the players of real consequence were Kimbrel and Matt Wisler. Of what was left, there were either long-shots or money exchanges. Onto the Padres, the […]
Via Fangraphs
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Draft Preview: Atlanta Braves

The baseball landscape has drastically changed in the state of Georgia in just the last couple of years, where their team has gone from perennial NL East powers to a team that is rebuilding for the new stadium opening in 2017. As the 2015 MLB Draft is just days away, what can we expect from the Atlanta Braves in the next step of their ‘rebuilding’ process? Projecting a strategy...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Upgrade up the middle for the Atlanta Braves

Memorial Day has come and gone and the Atlanta Braves are not dead and buried.  Far from it. The team is 26-25 and only 2.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East division after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Monday.  The record to this point is only two games worse than last year’s 28-23 start. Many expected the Braves to finish at or near...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Thousands now or millions later – the choice an MLB draft pick must make

In part one, I took a deep look into what happens when an amateur player declines to sign a contract after being drafted. Essentially breaking down what their chances are of being drafted again and how it will effect their draft stock on a generic level. What wasn’t discussed was money. Money is almost certainly the reasoning behind those results, particularly where players drafted...
Via The Outside Corner
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Power Rankings (June Edition): How Good Are the Padres?

Today is the first day of June, which means it’s time for our updated MLB power rankings.  The end of each month marks a good time to evaluate where each team stands in the league as a whole. Find out where Justin Dyer ranks Craig Kimbrel, Wil Myers, Justin Upton and the San Diego Padres. Power Rankings Link: http://topsportsreport.com/featured/mlb-power-rankings-june-edition/
Via TopSportsReport
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel getting saves, giving up runs

The Padres’ new closer this year, Craig Kimbrel, has been walking a tightrope in the ninth inning. Although he’s converted 12 of his 13 save opportunities, he’s also posting a shocking 4.74 ERA through 19 innings after a 1.43 ERA in five years with Atlanta. According to U-T San Diego, Padres manager Bud Black seemed unfazed by the amount of runs his closer has been giving up...
Via Fox Sports
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Bullpen is Contributing to the Teams Struggles

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jason Grilli throws in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 4-3. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) After an offseason where the Atlanta Braves made some big trades, their bullpen has been struggling. In the offseason they signed right hander Jason Grilli to a two year deal to be...
Via The Sports Journal
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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