Kimbrel rusty in 9th, but Braves hold on for 7-5 win vs Mets

As Justin Upton circled the bases on a three-run homer trot in the ninth inning, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was warming up in the bullpen, ready to enter with a 7-3 lead against the Mets. Victory seemed certain. The Braves did win, but not without plenty of consternation when Kimbrel gave up two runs in the ninth inning of his first appearance in a week, then cursed after handing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

No Relief: Closing by Committee

Every couple of seasons a new pitcher comes along and is lights out for awhile. Then a season or two later said pitcher regresses badly enough to warrant a demotion from his current role. He stays on the team, however, but is used mainly in low-leverage situations. He is a closer, and he has one of the most difficult jobs in baseball. Usually when I speak of a specific position...
Via The Sports Post
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Week 3 Closer Report

We all dream of the bygone days of Mariano Rivera / Photo Credit: Keith Allison on Flickr Welcome back to The Fantasy Fix’s Closer Report for Week 3. We continue to see closers drop like flies and the unsettled nature of bullpens all around the league has fantasy owners wanting to dump the saves category completely. Let’s take a look at what has changed in the last week at the...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Previewing the 10-game homestand for the New York Mets

The New York Mets return home after reaching .500 for the first time this season. The Mets went 6-3 on the 9-game road trip by winning 2 against the Atlanta Braves, 1 against the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim, and 3 against the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mets have had well-known struggles at home since moving to Citi Field in 2009. The Amazin’s will play 3 games against...
Via NYMetsLife
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Closer Report

So, everyone can give a complete exhale that two save-category standard bearers were not shut down with shoulder problems. Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara both threw bullpens yesterday, and are all systems go for the rest of the week.  Not like any of you have them, because we don't and shouldn't overpay for saves on draft day.  So if either of these guys fell to ya, good...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Week In Review

The past week the Atlanta Braves have a record of 5-1. The entire team seems to be clicking and it couldn’t be better timing. Yesterday, the Braves were supposed to play another game in Philadelphia against the Phillies, but it was postponed and set back due to a rain-out. That is the only such delay/postponage this entire season, but it actually proved helpful to the Braves. “This...
Via TopSportsReport
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel throws side session, Gonzalez unsure of using him in cold

Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel threw threw a side session on Wednesday. Kimbrel was satisfied with the session proclaiming himself as ready to go but manager Fredi Gonzalez still has reservations about using him in the cold weather expected in Philadelphia tonight. #Braves Kimbrel threw 15-pitch side session today, said shoulder was good & he's ready. Fredi non-committal...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper stars in new Gatorade commercial, but…

…yes, that is a Marlins pitcher throwing to him while Braves closer Craig Kimbrel’s entrance song of “Welcome to the Jungle” plays. I’m sure no one is going to have any issue with this, right?
Via Bloguin Best
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper stars in new Gatorade commercial, but…

…yes, that is a Marlins pitcher throwing to him while Braves closer Craig Kimbrel’s entrance song of “Welcome to the Jungle” plays. I’m sure no one is going to have any issue with this, right?
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Craig Kimbrel plays catch with no issues

The Atlanta Braves' Craig Kimbrel caused some concern for fans of the reigning NL East champs on Monday night when it emerged that the star closer was dealing with shoulder soreness. Manager Fredi Gonzalez downplayed the severity of the problem after Monday's game and Tuesday morning brought further reassurance with the news, as reported by Mark Bowman of, that...
Via Sports Injury Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel plays catch on Tuesday

Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel played catch on Tuesday after sitting out of Monday’s game in Philadelphia. Kimbrel believes he will be ready to go if Tuesday’s game is not cancelled by bad weather. After Monday’s game Braves manager Freddi Gonzalez again spoke that he had no concern about the status of his closer. “Not worried at all,” Gonzalez said. “I’m talking...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Craig Kimbrel (shoulder soreness) is day-to-day

Everyone watching a wild game in Philadelphia tonight was surprised when All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel did not emerge from the Atlanta Braves bullpen in the ninth inning with Atlanta up 9-6. Instead, setup man David Carpenter handled the job, earning his first save of the season. After the game, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez explained that Kimbrel was unavailable for the game...
Via MLB Injury News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Relievers Lighting Up Leaderboards, Radar Guns

Perhaps we should be used to this by now. Just four years ago, Craig Kimbrel was just some guy who walked more than 18 percent of the batters he faced. Now, he’s Craig Kimbrel. In the same timeframe, Drew Storen went from talented rookie set-up man to closer on a suddenly not terrible Nationals team. […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Tejada making most of his opportunity

Although he ended the Mets furious rally against Craig Kimbrel and the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night with a strikeout, it’s time we put aside our prejudices and  applaud Ruben Tejada for providing solid play at shortstop out of the gate. Sure, Tejada is no world beater, but who said he had to be? It’s not like he’s been awful to start the season. After Wednesday night’s...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: How to defeat the Atlanta Braves

Over the last year the Washington Nationals have struggled mightily with their division rival Atlanta Braves. The Nationals went 6-13 against the Braves last year, and lost two out of three in their opening series of 2014. To overcome last year’s struggles and win the NL East, Washington must figure out how to beat Atlanta on a consistent basis. To do this, they must avoid late...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman tagged as second-best closer by 'Baseball Tonight'

For the second consecutive year, the ESPN Baseball Tonight crew has tagged Aroldis Chapman as the second-best closer in baseball, trailing only Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves.The top five list, which was unveiled Monday, can be seen here.To compile the top 100, more than 40 ESPN experts were polled in February, starting with a list of more than 350 players. Using a 0-to-100...
Via Redlegs Review
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Farm System Could Be Key

The Atlanta Braves farm system has done a great job over the years of producing high-quality major league players. In recent years the system has produced Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Evan Gattis, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen and Craig Kimbrel.  Many other Braves players that have provided significant contributions were developed on  Braves minor...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Foul Paul! Top 10 Busts for 2014

Foul Paul! is a weekly article posted every Friday during the season. Follow him on Twitter @Alcohpaulism Busts are simple, something that isn’t worth what you’re paying, much like movie theater popcorn, or whatever Adam Sandler flick you have been unfortunate enough to have seen since 2007. Is Craig Kimbrel worth drafting early? 1. Any Closer Before The 15th Round I’m harping...
Via Baseball Professor
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Braves Photo Day: Pitchers

Finally, the Braves photo day pictures were posted! Here are some of the pitchers, position players will be in another post. :) In the order of the Zimbio album... Why so bloodshot, Kimmie? Good amount of smile, though.(Craig Kimbrel) Doesn't look as happy as he did at the Caravan a few weeks ago. My acupuncturist does an awesome acupressure massage on my eyebrow wrinklescowl...
Via Love My Bravos
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB: Seven quick hits from Braves' Sunday workout

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves kick off the 2014 portion of their Grapefruit League schedule (against the Tigers) in just three days. Here are seven quick observations from Sunday's workout, spanning multiple fields at the Disney World complex. 1. It shouldn't surprise anyone to see the pitchers ahead of the hitters at this point. On the field adjacent to Champion...
Via Fox Sports South
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Freeman, Kimbrel, Stanton get steepest raises

The average raise for a player in salary arbitration was 117 percent this year, according to a study by The Associated Press, led by steep hikes for Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, Giancarlo Stanton and Michael Brantley. The 146 players who filed for arbitration averaged $3,859,912 under their new contracts, up from $1,778,081 under their previous deals. The average increase was...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves agree to 7-year $58M extension with Andrelton Simmons

Days after ensuring that perennial All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel will remain a part of the organization through 2018, the Atlanta Braves did the same with flashy shortstop Andrelton Simmons. On Thursday, Atlanta officially announced a seven-year extension with Simmons worth a minimum of $58 million. As per the terms of the deal, the earliest Simmons can become a free agent...
Via Players View
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Sign Andrelton Simmons To 7-Year, $58 Million Extension

Shortly following their agreement to a long-term deal with relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel, the Atlanta Braves have signed a seven-year, $58 million contract extension with shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Considered one of the best shortstops in the game, the 24-year-old Simmons batted .248 with 59 RBI last season. He also recorded a league-high 499 assists, which helped him snag his...
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves and Craig Kimbrel close on four-year contract

Atlanta’s strongest closer, Craig Kimbrel, settled with the Braves on a $42 million, four-year contract on Sunday.  Kimbrel and the Braves were prepared for arbitration with the organization’s offer set at $6.55 million and Kimbrel’s asking salary of $9 million for a one-year deal.  The arbitration date was set for Monday, but was avoided by a matter of hours when the agreement...
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves carry long-term approach into spring

Frank Wren is betting on the future, and smiling as he does it. After handing out approximately $250 million in extensions and potential options and incentives over the past few weeks, the Atlanta Braves' general manager has set his long-term plan in motion -- and it may not stop for a while. The team's young corps is not completely secured for the foreseeable future; there...
Via Fox Sports South
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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