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Arguably, the backbone of the Braves in 2012 was their dominant bullpen, and it will be a major strength this season.
Not only is the bullpen one of the best in the game, but it can light up the radar.
Everything begins with closer Craig Kimbrel, who struck out 116 batters while posting a ridiculous 1.01 ERA. Kimbrel easily hits mid-90s with his fastball and will hit upper-90s when he rears back.
Then there are the two left-handed hurlers in Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters.
Venters had somewhat of a down year in 2012, but still posted a 3.22 ERA and has one of the nastiest pitches in the game. His sinker sits around 95 mph and runs toward left-handed hitters and away from right-handed hitters. O'Flaherty, meanwhile, just quietly goes about his business, posting a 1.73 ERA and shutting down left-handed hitters.
Now, the Braves have another right-handed fire-baller in Jordan Walden.
Walden was acquired for Tommy Hanson this offseason to give the Braves another power arm in the bullpen.
His 98 mph fastball fits the bill.