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Braves (yes, the Braves will defeat the Cardinals) closer Craig Kimbrel has been nothing short of dominant this season, recording a league-high 42 saves. Over the course of the past few weeks, Kimbrel has not only been nearly impossible to hit but lowered his overall ERA to 1.01.
Kimbrel comes in the postseason after being nearly perfect in September. He converted all 10 save attempts he was given while going 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 13 scoreless appearances. Kimbrel has hands down been the one of the most dominant closers in the majors and has been almost unhittable all season.
The Nationals come into the post season after putting up the leagues best record in the regular season. The Nats also had the fourth most hits in the MLB, getting offense from all parts of their lineup. Rookie sensation Bryce Harper became a household name early on after his much heralded appearance, but Harper was not the most effective National at the plate this season.
Washington's success offensively came due to several players led by Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, and Ryan Zimmerman. While much of the Nationals success has been credited to Nationals pitching staff, their offense has been stellar as well.
When the games reach the late innings, look for Kimbrel to make a big impact when he is on the mound.