Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel and a Rare Moment of Weakness

I’m going to be honest, I feel a bit dirty writing this post. We’re now on year five of Craig Kimbrel being impossibly good. For four years he’s clearly been the best reliever in baseball and, frankly, it’s one of the better stretches of relief pitching we’ve seen in recent history. Yet, this is the […]
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Most Unheralded Reliever in Baseball

Who is the best reliever in baseball over the last two years? If we made a list, the usual suspects would shoot straight to the top. Craig Kimbrel is a given, Koji Uehara was essentially unhittable for one calendar year, Kenley Jansen skews “untouchable” and Aroldis Chapman is in his own world. Greg Holland and […]
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper hits a monster home run off Craig Kimbrel

Bryce Harper’s power has fully returned. As evidenced by this swing against his greatest nemesis, he might still have holes in his swing; but Craig Kimbrel found a part of the zone where such a hole does not exist. The Nationals lost the game 6-2, and this came in the bottom of the ninth in a non-save situation. But Harper has taken some impressive pitcher’s deep this season...
Via Diamond Hoggers
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Lose Game, Win Series

Atlanta avoided a sweep in Washington with a 6-2 win on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. Despite the loss, the Nats (82-62) still lead the National League East by eight full games. The Nationals, who celebrated #Heroes Day at the park, still have a magic number of ten to win the division for the second time in three seasons. Aaron Harang proved to be too much for the Nats bats...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel Wears Gold Cleats To Promote Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Craig Kimbrel wore gold cleats on Wednesday to promote pediatric cancer awareness.
Via Gamedayr
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies arrive to break up monotony of Marlins

As schedules go, the Braves won’t have it easy facing the Nationals for 6 games in September and the Pirates for 4. However, the Braves get to face bottom-of-the pack Mets (3 games), Rangers (3 games) and Phillies (6 games) in the final month as well. The pesky Marlins don’t quite seem to be in either category, though with the last 3 games against them and the coming weekend...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Projecting Craig Kimbrel’s legacy

There’s no such thing a true, 100% automatic closer. However, the closest thing in today’s game would have to be Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves. Craig Kimbrel is having another great year and could become one of the best relievers of all time when he retires, but other factors could affect his ranking, too. The Braves are seeking its third straight playoff performance, and...
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves hold off Dodgers for first win of series

ATLANTA -- A one-run lead with closer Craig Kimbrel coming to the mound in the top of the ninth inning is typically when a sense of calm comes over the home crowd at Turner Field. That wasn't the case on Wednesday. The Braves had lost 11 of their last 13 games, and five in a row to the Dodgers this season. There was no feeling of an impending win from anywhere within the ballpark...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves lose fifth straight in Heyward's return

With a walk-off win in the 12th inning, the San Diego Padres handed the Atlanta Braves their fifth straight loss on what proved to be an emotional day in franchise history, beginning first and foremost with the passing of longtime Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren. On the field, though, the Braves' 3-2 loss puts them farther back in the NL East and wildcard standings as their...
Via Fox Sports South
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves land Russell, Bonifacio from Chicago Cubs

The Atlanta Braves improved their bullpen and bench on Thursday, acquiring left-handed reliever James Russell and utility player Emilio Bonifacio as well as cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for prospect Victor Caratini just before the Jul. 30 trade deadline. Russell represents a reliable reliever for the Braves Russell, now in his fifth Major League season, joins a Braves...
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres-Braves Preview: Friars head to Atlanta for four games

Struggles at the plate are costing the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race, but an unusually sloppy performance from Craig Kimbrel provided the latest setback. Facing the San Diego Padres may not provide much relief, either. The Braves attempt to get their bats untracked in the opener of this four-game wraparound series with the Padres on Friday night. Atlanta (55-47) led Washington...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Wild pitches cost Braves in loss to Marlins

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, the usual ninth-inning ace up the franchise's sleeve, suffered a bit of misfortune of Thursday night while accepting his second loss of the season in a 3-2 loss to division rival Miami. Though he allowed just one single and didn't give up a walk, Kimbrel was charged with the game-winning run. It was the Braves' ninth loss...
Via Fox Sports South
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Koehler-Teheran pitching duel ends with Marlins' 10-inning win

Bases loaded in the ninth of a 1-1 game and the Marlins couldn't score. They weren't about to let it happen twice. In the 10th with the bags packed again, this time with one out instead of none as was the case an inning earlier off Craig Kimbrel, the Marlins got a two-run single from Garrett Jones. That propelled them to a series-opening, 3-1 win against the Braves at Turner...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves stars Kimbrel, Freeman stand out in All-Star appearances

A year removed from a forgettable All-Star experience for Atlanta, two Braves stars delivered for the National League team in the later innings on Tuesday night. Top closer Craig Kimbrel was the only Atlanta player to enter the 2013 MLB All-Star Game -- first baseman Freddie Freeman missed the game with an injury and catcher Brian McCann, Freeman's replacement, never entered...
Via Fox Sports South
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Atlanta Braves Pitcher Craig Kimbrel Shags Balls During Home Run Derby

Funny thing is he didn't do half bad with it either. Hey--didn't those pro golfers use putters with crazy long shaft for awhile? Maybe there is something to it... Loading...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves sending 3 to ASG, J-Up part of final vote

The Braves learned Sunday that Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel would represent the team at the upcoming All Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota. They, like the rest of us, were also thrilled that Justin Upton is one of 5 players vying for the final roster spot. The Final Vote closes at 4 p.m. (ET) on Thursday. Justin Upton is one of 5 vying for a final roster...
Via BravesWire
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves well-represented in All-Star Game

The Atlanta Braves have to feel pretty good about their All-Star haul. With three players -- starting pitcher Julio Teheran, first baseman Freddie Freeman and closer Craig Kimbrel -- guaranteed a roster spot and outfielder Justin Upton being one of five players eligible in the NL Final Vote competition that Freeman won a year ago, the Braves will be one of the most represented teams...
Via Fox Sports South
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves place 3 on NL All-Star team; Upton in NL Final Vote

ATLANTA -- Three members of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves landed on the 2014 National League All-Star roster, according to an announcement made by Major League Baseball Sunday night. Starting pitcher Julio Teheran, closer Craig Kimbrel and first baseman Freddie Freeman have all been named to the NL team. The game will be played on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis...
Via Fox Sports South
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves place 3 on NL All-Star team

ATLANTA -- Three members of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves landed on the 2014 National League All-Star roster, according to an announcement made by Major League Baseball Sunday night. Starting pitcher Julio Teheran, closer Craig Kimbrel and first baseman Freddie Freeman have all been named to the NL team. The game will be played on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis...
Via Fox Sports South
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

DRIVEN -- Craig Kimbrel: The Closer to debut

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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves get 7 in 1st inning, hang on to beat Rockies 13-10

The Braves had seven runs on seven hits including an Andrelton Simmons grand slam before making their second out Tuesday night. But nearly four hours later, Craig Kimbrel was closing the game in a save situation. It was that kind of night at Coors Field, like a game straight out of the late-90s at the notorious hitters’ haven. Braves starter Mike Minor endured another mile-high...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves bullpen in need of bounce back

The Braves bullpen is in a funk. One of the franchise's mainstays during the Frank Wren era -- the 2008 season, Wren's first as acting GM, is the only campaign in which Braves relievers posted a sub-3.0 wins above replacement since he took over -- Atlanta's bullpen is having trouble closing out games lately. Or, at the very least, it is not keeping up with the lofty standards...
Via Fox Sports South
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs get to Kimble, win in 11th

PHOENIX -- Gerardo Parra's bloop single brought Cody Ross home from second in the 11th inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. One night after he set the Braves franchise record for career saves, Craig Kimbrel blew his third of the season in 19 opportunities. The Diamondbacks were 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves' bullpen falters in extra-inning loss to Diamondbacks

The Atlanta Braves held two late leads against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night, but their bullpen could not put the game away, blowing two saves in a 4-3 loss in 11 innings. Here are three observations from the Diamondbacks' walk-off victory: 1. Working against five relievers in the final four frames, the Diamondbacks' offense never let up One night removed from...
Via Fox Sports South
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel passes John Smoltz for save record with Braves

Craig Kimbrel recorded four outs against the Diamondbacks last night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona to finish off a 5-2 victory for the Braves. This particular save had a little more meaning than usual, as it was the 155th of his career, surpassing John Smoltz for the franchise record. Smoltz established the previous record during his stint in the bullpen from 2001-2004. Kimbrel...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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