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Wed, 08 May 2013 11:24:59 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel might not be available to pitch Wednesday, May 8, because manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't want to pitch Kimbrel for three days in a row this early in the year. Kimbrel has blown three of his last five save chances. He was an out away from his 100th career save Tuesday, May 7, before allowing a home run to the Cincinnati Reds. "It is what it is," Gonzalez said. "At the end of the year, (Kimbrel's) going to have 40-something saves and five blown saves or four blown saves. It just so happens he's getting them right here in a little bunch. No worries." Kimbrel's ERA has risen from 0.00 to 3.38 in his last five outings.
Fantasy Tip: As Gonzalez noted, there is no closer controversy with Kimbrel, he's just hit a little rough patch. Atlanta also has no clear candidate to take over the closer's role regardless. Eric O'Flaherty or Jordan Walden would likely close if a save situation arises Wednesday.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:36:22 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel blew his first save of the season against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, April 24, by allowing three hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out two.
Fantasy Tip: There's nothing to worry about here. Kimbrel proved he's human, after all, and the Rockies are one of the hottest teams in baseball, aside from the Braves.
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:20:45 -0700
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson left his start Wednesday, April 24, against the Colorado Rockies in position for career win No. 200, but RP Craig Kimbrel blew a save in the ninth inning and the game went to extra innings.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:05:54 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect inning in his Grapefruit League spring appearance Monday, March 18. It was his first action since returning from the World Baseball Classic. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Kimbrel stayed on a normal schedule during his time with Team USA and appears ready for the regular season.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 07:06:42 -0800
Team USA will be represented in the World Baseball Classic by the following players: Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer, Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia, Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy, New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira, Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips, Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins, New York Mets 3B David Wright, Tampa Bay Rays INF/OF Ben Zobrist, Arizona Diamondbacks INF Willie Bloomquist, Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun, Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones, Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino, Diamondbacks RP Heath Bell, St. Louis Cardinals RP Mitchell Boggs, Marlins RP Steve Cishek, Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey, San Diego Padres RP Luke Gregerson, Atlanta Braves CL Craig Kimbrel, Braves SP Kris Medlen, Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez, Indians RP Vinnie Pestano, San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong, Giants RP Jeremy Affeldt, Kansas City Royals RP Tim Collins, Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland and Twins RP Glen Perkins.
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:24:43 -0800
Atlanta Braves CL Craig Kimbrel will pitch for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:51:08 -0700
Atlanta Braves RPs Craig Kimbrel and Eric O'Flaherty are unlikely to pitch against the New York Mets Saturday, Sept. 8. RP Jonny Venters may be used in a save situation or the club could turn to RP Chad Durbin or RP Luis Avilan based on matchups.
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 10:59:13 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel recorded his first-career four-out save against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, Sept. 5, and he's willing to work more appearances like that in the future. "The role of the closer isn't just go out there and get three outs. It's go out there and finish the game whenever you're asked to come in," said Kimbrel. He's only thrown 50 1/3 innings this year compared to 68 2/3 frames at this same point last season.
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:41:53 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, July 19, to pick up his 28th save of the season.
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:15:22 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel has converted 19 consecutive save chances since his only blown save of the season May 2. Opponents are batting just .073 (6-for-82) against Kimbrel during the stretch.