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Once Craig Kimbrel got comfortable as the Braves' closer, he really took off.
Craig Kimbrel was strong in the first half of the 2011 season, going 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA and saving 28 games with a strikeout per nine inning rate of 13.7. However, it wasn't until the second half of the season where he really broke out and became one of the elite closers in the game.
Kimbrel's second-half performance was even better as he went 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 18 saves with a strikeout ratio of 16.5. This is even with the late-season collapse that made his numbers look slightly less impressive.
Kimbrel had some early struggles in part to being a rookie and learning how to pitch in pressure situations in the big leagues. If he continues to pitch at the rate he did in the second half, he will be the best closer in the game as soon as this year.